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The Resource Magic or madness, by Justine Larbalestier

Magic or madness, by Justine Larbalestier

Label
Magic or madness
Title
Magic or madness
Statement of responsibility
by Justine Larbalestier
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the Sydney, Australia home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Nebula Awards: Andre Norton Award, 2006.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2008
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
Review
/*Starred Review*/ Gr. 8-11. In this fierce, hypnotic novel, character, story, and the thrumming forces of magic strike a rare, memorable balance. Reason is both the name of its 15-year-old Australian protagonist and a badge of defiance: Reason’s mother champions rationality and deplores witchcraft, especially the “smoke and mirrors” practiced by her own mother, Esmeralda. When Reason’s mom plunges into insanity and Reason must go to stay with Esmeralda, the wary teen, armed with only her survival instincts and a lucky ammonite fossil, attempts to stave off her grandmother’s witchy influences. Then she steps through a door in Esmeralda’s kitchen and emerges in New York City. There, as she grapples with the undeniable evidence that “magic is real,” she is drawn into a terrifying entanglement with a cruel older witch. Reason’s prickly first-person voice alternates with that of Esmeralda’s gentle apprentice, Tom, and Reason’s tough New York friend, the magically gifted Jay-Tee. The teens’ distinct, frequently contradictory narratives intensify readers’ concern for Reason and their desire to understand her circumstances. Readers looking for layered, understated fantasy will follow the looping paths of Larbalestier’s fine writing, as graceful and logical as the coiled chambers of Reason’s ammonite, with gratitude and awe. -- Jennifer Mattson (BookList, 03-15-2005, p1286)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
129598
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Larbalestier, Justine
Index
no index present
Intended audience
630
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Magic or madness trilogy
Series volume
bk. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Space and time
  • Grandmothers
  • Mental illness
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Sydney (N.S.W.)
  • Australia
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Magic or madness, by Justine Larbalestier
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0721/2004018263-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
271 p.
Isbn
9781595140708
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004018263
System control number
(OCoLC)56386932
Label
Magic or madness, by Justine Larbalestier
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0721/2004018263-d.html
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
271 p.
Isbn
9781595140708
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004018263
System control number
(OCoLC)56386932

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