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The Tarnished Garden - (Gilded Magic) by Alyssa Colman

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Format Hardcover

About this item


Suggested Age: 8-12 Years

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Fantasy & Magic

Series Title: Gilded Magic

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Author: Alyssa Colman

Language: English

Street Date: April 5, 2022
TCIN: 83979561
UPC: 9780374313951
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-7934
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

When Izzy O'Donnell saved the students at Miss Posterity's Academy for Practical Magic her courage caused the Mayor of New York to allowed new "kindling schools" to open, and open them to any child who wanted to apply, even if they are poor, and that his how Maeve O'Donnell ended up with her older sister at the Manhattan School for Magic; but unlike Izzy, Maeve is terrified of magic because she feels its wildness, and fears that she will never be able to control it--and when Maeve's magic goes rogue it will take both sisters, and the help of the school house dragon to stave off complete disaster.

Book Synopsis

In this enchanting follow-up to The Gilded Girl, Maeve and Izzy O'Donnell must adjust to a new life together at the Manhattan School for Magic--but when Maeve's magic goes rogue and their school is in danger, they'll need to lean on one another to make things right.

The Manhattan School for Magic is the newest kindling school in New York, but Maeve O'Donnell knows she doesn't deserve her place there. Though her sister, Izzy, is one of the school's founders and a hero to those who can now kindle, Maeve can't control her magic and she lives in fear of anyone--especially Izzy--finding out.

When Maeve's worst fears come true and her magic goes rogue, it damages not only the new school but Izzy's reputation as well. While trying to repair what she's broken, Maeve discovers a mysterious garden in the tenement neighborhood of the Tarnish, a hidden place where her magic actually works. As her magic and confidence grow, she befriends the others for whom the garden is a haven: a litter of talking kittens (house dragons, of course) who need Maeve's help to find their missing mother. But someone else is searching for the kittens, too, someone who doesn't care how many magical sites they have to destroy to stop magic's expansion. And Maeve's unstable magic might be the only way to save her sister's school from being snuffed out next.

The Tarnished Garden is a sparkling middle-grade novel from Alyssa Colman.

Review Quotes

"A sweet tale spun around friendship, sisterly love, and dragon kittens." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Alyssa Colman is the author of THE GILDED GIRL, which won the 2021 Northern Lights Book Award for middle grade fantasy. Publishers Weekly called the story "a thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance" in a starred review. Alyssa lives in northern Virginia with her family.
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