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The Language of Spells

Grisha is a dragon in a world that's forgotten how to see him. Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she's perfectly ordinary. They're an unlikely duo — but magic, like friendship, is funny. Sometimes it chooses those who might not look so likely. And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna.

Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone decided that there were too many dragons for all of them to be free. As they investigate, Grisha and Maggie ask the question everyone's forgotten: Where have the missing dragons gone? And is there a way to save them? At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is a novel full of adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship.

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"This quiet and somewhat melancholy novel focuses more on the power of friendship than on fantasy, and reminds readers that there might be magic all around us, even if we cannot see it. It also is about finding one's purpose and place in the world. By calculation, Maggie is born in the 1990s, but the Vienna setting feels more like the early 19th century; this is an atmospheric and ethereal tale.... An unexpected page-turner, this will appeal to readers who like emotional poignancy with their adventure." — Clare A. Dombrowski, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Garret Weyr
Illustrator Katie Harnett
ISBN 1452159580
Publication Date Jun 26, 2018
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English