The Boy Who Went Magic
The Boy Who Went Magic
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Annotation: In a kingdom where mages were outlawed centuries ago, schoolboy Bert teams up with girl adventurer Finch on a magical quest.
Catalog Number: #166677
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 279 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-21714-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-21714-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018297262
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In a land where magic is outlawed and all but gone, young orphan Bert discovers he has some of these rare abilities, if he can only figure out what they are. A pirate father and daughter rescue Bert from near capture by corrupt Prince Voss, who seeks magic to put him back in political power. With the pirates' help d that of Bert's mysterious friend Norton rt is determined to stop the cruel prince's nefarious plans. Here is an exciting steampunk novel for middle-graders that includes a well-paced, action-oriented plot and sure-fire elements like pirates, treasure hunting, and aerial zeppelin battles, not to mention crumbling castles and orphans with magic. Field-tested with an enthusiastic fifth-grade class, Winter's first novel is dark in tone but contains bits of mischief to leaven the story. This soaring fantasy adventure, where friends save friends and villains are vanquished, will be a hit with fans of Kenneth Oppel's Airborn (2004), Brandon Mull's Sky Raiders (2014), or Joel Ross' The Fog Diver (2015).
Horn Book
Thirteen-year-old orphan Bert has accidentally bonded with a magical spirit, but cruel Prince Voss wants the spirit's power for himself. Bert joins an airship pirate and his metal-legged daughter to prevent Voss from capturing the spirit and claiming dominion over the world's magic. Enhanced by its likable heroes, this fast-paced adventure is a satisfying blend of steampunk, magic, and intrigue.
Kirkus Reviews
An orphan boy is swept up in an adventure with magic and pirates.Bert Rumsey is teased for his interest in adventure and magic by other children in the boarding school where a mysterious man in a cloak left him as a small child. A school visit to a museum devoted to a kind of revisionist history—meant to affirm the government of Penvellyn's position that magic never really existed—sets off a chain of events that has Bert fleeing for his life, beset by a wound that connects him to both a magical power and a magical spirit. Professor Roberts, a former explorer-turned-pirate, and his daughter, Finch, help Bert to escape the clutches of Prince Voss, whose hunger for power has taken him into a dark, forbidden study of magic. Debut author Winter moves the characters somewhat breathlessly from one dramatic moment to the next while carefully reserving a few surprises about Bert's relationships that add poignancy and depth to the narrative as they are revealed. Cinematic action scenes include a fight atop a train being lifted by cables up a mountain and a battle between airships along with some swordplay and hand-to-hand combat. A reanimated army of creepy skeletons in the shell of a wrecked airship ups the spooky element. The book seems to subscribe to the white default.A quick and absorbing combination of swashbuckling, steampunk, and supernatural mystery. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 59,078
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 196508 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q73317
Guided Reading Level: Z+

Magic doesn't exist in Bert's world... or does it?

The mages of Ferenor were outlawed and destroyed by the royal family centuries ago for performing incredible feats and powering wondrous machines with their magic, and the world is a much duller place. Bert is a young boy who's lived in an orphanage longer than he can remember, with no friends and the most ordinary life. He's told that magic is just a myth.

But then a chain of strange and inexplicable mishaps causes Bert's life to spiral out of control -- only to be rescued by Finch, a plucky girl-adventurer with metal legs. Soon the two are sailing across a sea of clouds with the mysterious Professor, pursued by a royal prince who's desperate to get his hands on Bert at any cost. For magic is all too real and even more powerful than imagined -- and Bert just might hold the key to bringing it back to the world...

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