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Publisher's Summary

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle-grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #BlackGirlMagic. 

Amari Peters knows three things. Her brother, Quinton, has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds a clue.... 

So when she’s invited for a trail at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, Amari is certain this is her chance to save him. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real - and her roommate is a weredragon. 

Amari must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known this world their whole lives. And with an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton. 

To save her brother, Amari is going to have to fight harder for this than she ever has before.... 

©2021 B. B. Alston (P)2021 Egmont Books UK

Critic Reviews

"An enchanting fantasy adventure filled with heart and soul. Amari is magical!" (Angie Thomas)

"Sharp, funny and brightly imaginative - a big adventure filled with magic and heart." (Jessica Townsend)

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  • Smidge
  • 23-04-21

Disappointing narrator - incredible story

So I’m only partway through but so far I LOVE the story. Everything about it. If you like supernatural school type stories then you’ll love this.

But the narrator is terrible. At first she’s ok, though there’s no difference between people speaking. But it was very jarring when we meet an obviously Scottish person who is an important character. The accent is still the same as every other person (American) and dialect is constantly mispronounced. “Ye” becomes “yee” and “aye” becomes “eh” which sounds so bizarre though I am Scottish so it’s probably more bothersome to me. I don’t have the physical copy so I can’t tell if other dialects get the same treatment. I feel like a narrator should really understand how to mimic accents and dialects properly. Otherwise the narration is pretty monotone which I actually don’t mind too much but it’s less of a ‘performance’ and more just reading aloud. Tolerable, but boring.

It’s always disappointing when a narrator doesn’t pronounce words properly particularly as that is literally their job. It happens so often particularly for non-English languages and dialects. This is more important than giving characters different speech just to differentiate them in my opinion.

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  • Paul
  • 09-05-21

Good Book

Brilliant to listen to in bed and it doesn't take long to get used to the narrator. it is narrated by an American so a bit hard to understand but still really good. I loved this book so much and i really enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Great concept, alright excecution

Cool concept, and does its real world commentary well. Started out great, but spends too much time on setting things up for a big reveal ending that felt incredibly rushed, especially since the rest of the novel spends a lot of time on relatively mundane moments. The narration shines when people are talking, which is sadly also the only time it feels natural, making the slower moments feel extra slow.

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  • L. Denton
  • 29-03-21

Great story

This is a really good story for nine years and higher. That’s a great plot twist at the end I never saw it coming. Those looking for a story about magic they should pick this. It has lots of magic in it and great plot twist at the end. Someone she thinks is her friend betrayed her.

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  • 🌜Jessica🌛
  • 21-03-21

loved it!

brilliant! loved the story and Amari! the narrator was great and really made me feel like I was there. just a great time 🙂

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 06-03-21

Men in Black meets Harry Potter

This will prove very popular, I feel. With elements of a familiar young wizard's story and world, with monsters and villains and plots, and with a diverse cast that give a wide readership a new heroine to root for, this has a lot going for it.

Amari experiences a lot of prejudice and bullying for being the 'scholarship kid' at a school where mainly privileged children go. She's already suffering the loss of her beloved elder brother, missing for several months. And now she's looking at exclusion for standing up for herself.

She realises that her brother may have been hiding a lot from her though, after mysterious objects and people turn up, and she finds herself nominated, by him, to join a new academic establishment... a magical one.

With intolerance and bullying still at play, but now with magical powers, creatures and cultures coming at her from all sides, it's a 'magic school' story with the initiation of Men in Black. And Amari wants in, if it can help her find out what happened to Quintin, who she knows isn't dead, but deeply involved in this world.

An enjoyable story to listen to, Amari is voiced well and sounds her age, the Audible copy moves quickly though most readers may prefer to read this at their own pace.

The elements you expect in this kind of story are there - mentors, friends and enemies at school, challenges and trials, powers and lessons, teachers and of course villains to be thwarted with teamwork.

I enjoyed the way the author built a world around Amari that can be followed up in future stories, the elements are in place for a whole series to continue this first episode. She's a bright, brave and inspiring young protagonist that gives readers a new sort of hero to root for.

Lots of fun, plenty of Potter-like familiarity with lots of different features that make this fresh and current.

For ages 9-14.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Mazel John
  • 25-02-21

Great read!

A fantastic fantasy book for pre/early teens. The self discovery of this young girl was a fascinating listen and I would highly recommend.

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  • Lauren Bateman
  • 13-02-21

Great

Amari’s big brother has been missing for months and whilst Amari has been going to school and her mum to work, Amari has not given up hope on finding her brother. On the last day school, Amari gets a message delivered, with an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations. This is Amari’s best chance of finding her brother. But when it turns out she has illegal talent, Amari must do all she can to not only look for her brother but survive this summer school.

I enjoyed how, although Amari has a rough time both in her normal school and also at the Bureau she still keeps going and pushes herself to be better then what everyone thinks about her. I also loved her devotion to finding her brother, for not only her family but for the community that she lives in.

Unfortunately I did predict who the magician’s apprentice would be from about the half way mark, but this did not detract from the over all story and my enjoyment. I will definitely be picking up the next in the series, and see what Amari gets up to next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-21

Amazing

amazing story with really good plot. perfect for young adults. can't wait to read next book