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ISBN13: 9780765321534
ISBN10: 076532153x
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Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel
 
Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethems The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

One of School Library Journals Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of io9's best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011

Review:

"World Fantasy Award — winner Walton (Tooth and Claw) turns the magical boarding school story inside out in this compelling coming-of-age tale. Welsh teen Morwenna was badly hurt, and her twin sister killed, when the two foiled their abusive mother's spell work. Seeking refuge with a father she barely knows in England, Mori is shunted off to a grim boarding school. Mori works a spell to find kindred souls and soon meets a welcoming group of science fiction readers, but she can feel her mother looking for her, and this time Mori won't be able to escape. Walton beautifully captures the outsider's yearning in Mori's earthy and thoughtful journal entries: 'It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.' Never deigning to transcend the genre to which it is clearly a love letter, this outstanding (and entirely teen-appropriate) tale draws its strength from a solid foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"With a deft hand and a blazing imagination, fantasy writer Walton mixes genres to great effect. Elements of fantasy, science fiction, and coming-of-age novels combine into one superlative literary package that will appeal to a variety of readers across age levels." Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

Review:

"A hymnal for the clever and odd — an inspiration and a lifeline to anyone who has ever felt in the world, but not of it." Cory Doctorow , New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

Review:

"If you love Sci-Fi and fantasy, if reading it formed your teen years, if you do remember the magic you used to do, if you remember the absolute joy of first discovering those books, then read this." Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice

Review:

"A lovely story, unlike anything I've ever read before: funny, touching, and gently magical." Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

Synopsis:

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethems The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

One of School Library Journals Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of io9's best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011

About the Author

JO WALTONs novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award. The novels of her Small Change sequence—Farthing, Hapenny, and Half a Crown—have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. A native of Wales, Walton lives in Montreal.

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JanG, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by JanG)
This is an amazing book, and I wish I had had it to read when I was 15. The story of a 15 year old girl who had gone through some very rough times and discovers science fiction as a comfort, as I did at 15. The book is a tribute to the power of literature, and refers to many of the best - and a few of the worst - science fiction and fantasy books of the past several decades.
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pmla, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by pmla)
This is the best book I've read in a long time. It is a one-of-a-kind book, unique and fascinating.
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alchymyst, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by alchymyst)
I love, love this book. If you are sci-fi/fantasy reader, this is a book for you. It's about the magic of books and reading. I was inspired by it to read and reread many sci-fi classics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765321534
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Author:
Walton, Jo
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
magical realism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120103
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.00 in

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Product details 304 pages Tor Books - English 9780765321534 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "World Fantasy Award — winner Walton (Tooth and Claw) turns the magical boarding school story inside out in this compelling coming-of-age tale. Welsh teen Morwenna was badly hurt, and her twin sister killed, when the two foiled their abusive mother's spell work. Seeking refuge with a father she barely knows in England, Mori is shunted off to a grim boarding school. Mori works a spell to find kindred souls and soon meets a welcoming group of science fiction readers, but she can feel her mother looking for her, and this time Mori won't be able to escape. Walton beautifully captures the outsider's yearning in Mori's earthy and thoughtful journal entries: 'It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.' Never deigning to transcend the genre to which it is clearly a love letter, this outstanding (and entirely teen-appropriate) tale draws its strength from a solid foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "With a deft hand and a blazing imagination, fantasy writer Walton mixes genres to great effect. Elements of fantasy, science fiction, and coming-of-age novels combine into one superlative literary package that will appeal to a variety of readers across age levels."
"Review" by , "A hymnal for the clever and odd — an inspiration and a lifeline to anyone who has ever felt in the world, but not of it."
"Review" by , "If you love Sci-Fi and fantasy, if reading it formed your teen years, if you do remember the magic you used to do, if you remember the absolute joy of first discovering those books, then read this."
"Review" by , "A lovely story, unlike anything I've ever read before: funny, touching, and gently magical."
"Synopsis" by ,
Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
"Synopsis" by ,

Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethems The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

One of School Library Journals Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of io9's best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011
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