More Than Magic

More Than Magic

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Girls who enjoy spunky heroines such as Merida from Brave (Disney/Pixar) and Ella from Ella Enchanted will want to join Rory and Ryder in their adventures in our world--and the world beyond the TV. An exciting new middle-grade fantasy from Kathryn Lasky, bestselling author of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Ryder Holmsby is the same age as Rory, the popular TV cartoon character her animator parents created. Ryder and Rory are alike--bold and brave! But Ryder is a bit lonely: Mom passed away a couple of years ago, and Dad is dating a woman with snooty teenage daughters. Ryder doesn't fit in with them at all. And then: Shazam! Rory jumps out of the TV into Ryder's bedroom to tell her that the TV studio behind her parents' show is trying to turn Rory into a dopey princess--no more adventures. She needs Ryder's help! The two girls team up with a crew of animated and real-life friends to save the day in both worlds. Kathryn Lasky, bestselling author of the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, and the Horses of the Dawn series, delivers a whimsical tale in which inner strength is the greatest form of magic.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 146 x 215 x 23mm | 344g
  • Random House Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553498916
  • 9780553498912

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Praise for More Than Magic: "Ryder's courage and humor in the face of adversity will captivate readers as Lasky explores friendship, family, and the pressures that society puts on girls." --Publishers Weekly "Girls reluctant to enter the world of fashion and makeup will particularly appreciate the feisty, unconventional female leads." --Booklist "Lasky creates her own absorbing magical world, neatly folding it around a story of friendship. . . . Both the concept and the well-paced suspense will appeal." --Kirkus Reviews
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Kathryn Lasky has written more than one hundred books and won many awards, including the Newbery Honor for Sugaring Time, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Weaver's Gift, and the National Jewish Book Award for both Night Journey and Marven of the Great North Woods. She is best known for the New York Times bestselling Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, which inspired the major motion picture The Owls of Ga'hoole, recently listed by CineFix as one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Animated Movies of All Time. She has two grown children. Visit her online at
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68 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 16% (11)
4 26% (18)
3 32% (22)
2 15% (10)
1 10% (7)
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