|Revenge of magic (Revenge Of Magic)|
Author: Riley, James
When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each with a buried book of magic, the governments of the world want to unlock the power in the books, but need the help of kids to harness the magical power.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 501035
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 19.0 Quiz: 76872
Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/01/19)
School Library Journal (03/01/19)
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Booklist - 12/01/2018 A boy attends a militaristic magic school in this new series from the author of Story Thieves (2015). Reeling from the bizarre attack that killed his father, Fort is recruited by Dr. Oppenheimer, who runs a school where young people learn magic from a set of mysterious books. Wanting revenge against whatever creature killed his father, Fort is disappointed that he has to study Healing magic, not Destruction magic. Even worse, something strange and dangerous is happening at the school, and some people think he’s to blame. As Fort makes friends and tentative allies, he discovers more about the shadowy origins of the magic books. Riley’s magic school is no enchanted Hogwarts, but a stark, secretive bunker befitting a world still figuring out how magic works and what its implications are. The angry Fort, who carries traces of his father’s quirky sense of humor, has plenty of room for growth and healing. The conclusion leaves intriguing questions for future installments, including the true fate of Fort’s father. A fast-paced, adventurous series starter perfect for fans of Rick Riordan. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Monsters rising up from under Washington, DC, herald the return of magic in this series starter. Twelve-year-old Fort Fitzgerald thought having his father embarrass him at the Lincoln Memorial was bad, but watching his dad disappear underground in a monster's claw was infinitely worse. It turns out that magic reappeared approximately 13 years earlier, and only kids born after that time have the ability to wield it. Months later, Fort is invited to apply to a special school for magical training—a school where the adults all seem afraid of the students. Fort dreams of revenge, but his abilities seem to be leading him to healing—or are they? Fellow students Cyrus, Rachel, Jia, and Sebastian, along with former students Sierra and Damien, help and hinder in Fort's quest to figure out why he can suddenly read minds and steal magic from other students. Readers never really get to know any of the characters well (the adults are particularly opaque), but the brisk pace, mild humor, and magical mayhem will definitely find an audience. VERDICT Purchase where action-packed fantasy is popular.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.