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SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS

Five-hundred years ago, sorcery began to fade from the world. As technology prevailed, combustion engines and computers replaced enchanted plows and spell books. Real magicians were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten. That is … until now.

Sorcery for Beginners is no fantasy or fairy tale. Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), this book is a how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It’s also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long war when he uses sorcery to take on a school bully. Owen’s spell casting attracts the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, all of whom wish to use Sorcery for Beginners to alter the course of world history forever.

“A clever, often hilarious adventure.”Booklist

“If you’re looking for someone who’s got the spell-books covered, you might want to turn to fiction: Matt Harry’s Sorcery for Beginners… a fun getaway for any age.” ―BuzzFeed

“For the Harry Potter and other high fantasy magical realism fans this is a great title.”VOYA Magazine

CRYPTOZOOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS

Only six weeks after a handful of teenage sorcerers defeated a team of anti-magic mercenaries called the Euclideans, Trish, Owen, and Perry are called back into action when they discover that the world’s cryptids (aka magical creatures) are disappearing. They’re partnered with brusque team leader Jacinda Greyeyes and their former nemesis Bryan Ferretti in a mission to travel all over North America, collecting famous cryptids like the jackalope, the chupacabra, and the altamaha-ha.

But when another team of teenage sorcerers suddenly vanishes, the spell casters set out for Germany, Egypt, and the Seychelles to uncover why the Euclideans have been abducting and experimenting on magical creatures like the unicorn and the sphinx. The secrets they uncover threaten to divide them, and reveal a truth that will permanently upend the way the world sees sorcery.

“The book’s inventive format incorporates spellbook elements, including engraving-style illustrations, droll sidebars, and spell instructions… it’s a charming package and a drily funny adventure.”Publishers Weekly

SUPERKID

Being a big brother sucks. But it’s worse when your baby sister has superpowers.

Robbie Rampino knows this firsthand. As a seventh-grade comic book fan, he’s psyched to discover his step-sister Val can control her electromagnetic field. He starts using her ability to help people, only to find himself clashing with Internet trolls, the department of Homeland Security, and his own family. At least no one knows his true identity – for now.

But when Robbie realizes baby Val’s powers were engineered by someone, he sets off on a dangerous mission to unmask the villain and bring them to justice, hopefully by nap time.

From the bestselling author of SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS and CRYPTOZOOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS comes this hilarious, action-packed novel about new siblings, Internet fame, and the weird problems that don’t get mentioned in other superhero stories.

“Fresh, clever, hilarious – a brand new kind of superhero for today’s smart and media-savvy kids.” – KEVIN BURKE (Writer/Producer Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)