A Dangerous Magic

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Fifteen-year-old Frank Sampson has a hard time following the rules. He’s smart-mouthed and not so good with people. He also happens to be a highly gifted forensic sorcerer. So when the Bishop of Oxford is beheaded, Frank is called in to help solve the case. The mystery of the bishop’s murder becomes even more complicated when Frank’s magic shows him the missing head doesn’t actually belong to the headless corpse. To crack the case, he’ll need to use unorthodox methods, no matter the consequences.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 352
Publication Date 2017-09-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF042000, YAF045000, YAF019010
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 700
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Glossary, and Reviewed

Author: Donald Hounam


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018


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