What do you get when ordinary e-mail spam becomes infused with magic? Spellspam—and it's not supposed to exist. As far as Thea and her friends know, computers are meant to be inert vehicles for storing magic spells, not magical processors themselves. But all that seems to have changed as students at Wandless Academy find themselves the victim of practical jokes—with magical consequences—simply by opening an e-mail.
Now the spellspams are getting worse, and it's possible there's someone behind them who is not just bent on stirring up trouble but has a much scarier and more wide-reaching agenda. Until now, Thea has been the only person she's ever met who can reach through the computer using magic. But someone else is out there, and even her friends can't help her track down the source of the spellspam before it gets much, much worse.
This sequel to Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage ups the ante on a fantasy world that is rich and nuanced, like our own, but with a core of wildly original magic.
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Alma Alexander is the author of several previous novels, including Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage and Worldweavers: Spellspam. She was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in the United Kingdom and Africa, and now lives in the state of Washington.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up—In Gift of the Unmage (Eos, 2007), Thea Winthrop, a double seventh who had shown no supernatural ability, learns how to use computers to weave worlds where she can use her magical power. In Spellspam, someone besides Thea has figured out how to manipulate emails to carry spells that attack the person who opens them. They begin with practical jokelike spells such as speaking a new language, hair growth, etc., that only last a short time. But the emails become more dangerous; people all over the world are disappearing, including Thea's environmental-science teacher. Thea and her friend Terry, a computer genius, are sent by the government to stay in the house of Professor de los Reyes, a mage and computer expert, to help discover who or what is behind the trouble. Alexander, like Thea, can weave worlds; she seamlessly blends together the worlds of fantasy, science fiction, myth, and contemporary teen life. The plot and pacing are a little choppy, with characters coming in and out at the speed of spellspam, but the story is quick and original. Thea is a likable character who struggles with feelings of being different and alone, something many teens can relate to. Recommend this one to fans of the first book.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT
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