The Art of Magic
A pack of paints, a set of pens, and unlimited creativity throw two friends into an enchanted, fast-paced adventure.
ZuZu’s first summer without her best friend is looking pretty grim, until she meets new kid Andrew at a visit to the historic Mapleton Mansion. Together they stumble upon some enchanted art supplies and discover that the shapes they draw and paint can come to life. Their creations are harmless—but ZuZu and Andrew aren’t the only ones with access to magic.
Soon, nightmarish half-machine, half-living creatures begin appearing around town, controlled by a power-hungry “caster” with a sinister mission. It’s up to ZuZu and Andrew to use their newfound abilities to protect their community.
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|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 7|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Category||Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||328|
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“[T]he reader will be drawn into the story though the fast-paced dialog and multiple points of view, all of which will keep them from wanting to put the book down. Students who appreciate stories involving magic will enjoy reading this book.” —School Library Connection
School Library Journal
“The magical rules created by Voskuil feel exciting . . . . This creative fantasy will move well with fans of Tae Keller’s When You Trap a Tiger.”—School Library Journal
“Magical, musical, and mysterious. A delightfully haunting tale.”—Jennifer Blecher, author of Stick with Me
“[A] complex and magical adventure filled with heart and imagination.”—Karen Briner, author of Snowize & Snitch
“There are deliciously chilling descriptions of scuttling, otherworldly creations and resurrections gone awry, but there is also delight to be found in enchanted artwork and blossoming friendships. A thrilling introduction to a newfangled magic.”—Booklist
“A satisfying, compelling adventure with an original magical construct and bright, appealing protagonists.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Hannah Voskuil
Hannah Voskuil received a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. She is also the author of Horus and the Curse of Everlasting Regret. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and textbooks around the world. She lives in New England with her husband and two children, in a house with books in virtually every room.
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The Art of Magic
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