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June 2016

A quirky, spell-casting tale

By Karen Cushman
Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman crafts a spellbinding tale teeming with an endless array of magical delights and charming characters, including a shape-shifting mouse and a wizard whose chosen method of soothsaying is with cheese.
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Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman crafts a spellbinding tale teeming with an endless array of magical delights and charming characters, including a shape-shifting mouse and a wizard whose chosen method of soothsaying is with cheese.

Grayling meets these quirky characters and many others on her journey to discover the dark force that has been targeting the kingdom’s magic makers. Grayling and her motley crew must crisscross the kingdom in search of her mother’s stolen grimoire, the spell book they hope will hold the key to restoring peace and tranquility in the kingdom. And although she and her companions face innumerable dangers and trials along the way, Grayling soon realizes that her greatest challenge is to believe in herself.

In this world, magic is commonplace but no less enchanting. This adventure story has the feel of a classic fable, and Cushman’s writing brims with grace and warmth.

 

This article was originally published in the June 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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Grayling’s Song

Grayling’s Song

By Karen Cushman
Clarion
ISBN 9780544301801

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