This middle-grade book is perfect for fans of Harry Potter. When a 13-year-old stumbles on a strange bookstore and finds himself the owner of a magical sorcery book, he gets more than the ability to take on school bullies. He and some new friends are drawn into a centuries-old war in which the existence of magic is at stake. Full of fun, adventure, and snark that older middle-grade kids and adults will appreciate. You'll want the physical copies of this one and the sequel, Cryptozoology for Beginners--they are both works of art.
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Five-hundred years ago, magic began to fade from the world. Combustion engines and computers took the place of enchanted plows and spell books. Sorcerers were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten … until now.
Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), Sorcery for Beginners is the true 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 secret war when he uses this book to take on a school bully. But when Owen’s spell casting draws the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to keep magic alive in the world.