For Zaria Tourmaline, the three years without her mother and brother have been lonely ones, living with a cold and distant guardian while she completes her education. Just as she is ready to join the world of adult fairies and genies, she finds a spellbook written entirely in her mother’s hand. But this treasured object is not safe from a new enemy, a fairy with more power than Zaria ever dreamed existed. Only among the humans–who must never know fairies and genies exist–can Zaria hide the spellbook; but hidden magic, it turns out, can expose a fairy in ways she never thought possible.
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Victoria Hanley has done a lot of traveling in search of fairy hotspots. She's made long journeys by car, plane, bus, train, and bicycle, not to mention plenty of hiking. Along the way, she has lived in California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Oregon, and Colorado, and her novels have been published in ten languages. Her fantasy headquarters are now located in Loveland, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, a place where fairies and genies, along with pixies, trolls, gremlins, and assorted humans, are always welcome to gather. You can visit the author at www.victoriahanley.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4–6—When Zaria Tourmaline and her fairy classmates receive their wands at age 12, she is shocked to discover that she and her friend Leona have extraordinarily high levels of magical ability and power reserves, talents that have become almost unheard of in Feyland. For Zaria the news is tinged with bitterness, for she cannot share it with her parents, who disappeared three years earlier on a mission to Earth. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, she is drawn to the human world, and creates a stir when she is spotted by a pair of children. Now Zaria must face the consequences of her carelessness while fending off the attacks of her sinister mentor, Lily Morganite, who seems determined to get her hands on Zaria's powers. Themes of classism and responsible use of power are touched on but get lost in the uneven plotting. The fairy world and Zaria's struggles with Lily make for a solid fantasy adventure, but the story grinds to a halt when it moves to Earth, where the action feels perfunctory and extraneous.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
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Book Description EgmontUSA, 2009. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111606840398