A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila's copy on the other side of the planet. Kai's words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined.

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The Beholder

As I started to get a little bored, one of Selah's advisors says, among other things, "And you are ill-equipped to become [the leader] without a husband to lead and advise you." Queue my rage induced reading to see if she grows up and murders this guy. Because I was really hoping she did.

George Lucas As A Genre

This week we talk about George Lucas as a genre of fiction and genres in general. Join us next time for an INTERVIEW (we do love doing those around here) with Rebecca Donnelly.

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic ★★★★★

Magic is my favorite thing in a story. I get to see how it works in the universe and how it affects the characters. Magic in a modern day world, like the one in A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, where cell phones and blogs make a regular appearance, always intrigues me. How will magic and technology … Continue reading A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic ★★★★★