Synopses & Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino has learned the painful truth that she like her mother, grandmother, and new friends Tom and Jay-Tee must face a choice between using the magic that lives in her blood and dying young, or refusing to use the magic and losing her mind. Now a new threat leaves Reason stranded alone in New York City, struggling to control a power she barely understands. But could the danger she faces also hold the key to saving her life?
Magic Lessons is a stunning follow-up to Larbalestier's debut novel, Magic or Madness, which earned multiple starred reviews and a spot on the Locus 2005 Recommended Reading List, along with being named a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and the Young Adult Round Table of the TLA.
"Readers who start with the first installment will likely be more well grounded and enjoy this novel more." Children's Literature
"Those who have read Magic or Madness...will be anxious for this one, and will not be disappointed." VOYA
"Larbalestier creates complex relationships among her characters, and their realistic flaws, combined with the sense of danger throughout, make this a good choice for even reluctant readers." School Library Journal
When fifteen-year-old Reason is pulled through the magical door connecting New York City with Sydney, Australia, home of her grandmother, she encounters an impossibly ancient man who seems to have some purpose in mind for her.
Having to choose between using her powers and dying young or not using them and losing her mind, Reason is immediately forced to deal with the challenging decision when she is left alone in New York City to face down a threat that will affect her very existence. Reprint.
About the Author
Justine Larbalestier is the author of The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (2002) and the young adult novel Magic or Madness (2005), and an honorary associate in the School of English, Art History, Film and Media at the University of Sydney. She makes extended visits to New York City.