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The Fascinators

By: Andrew Eliopulos

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation.

But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.

With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart—and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix.

ISBN: 9780062888044

JLG Release: Sep 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Homophobic Slur , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General
Topics: Magic , Sexuality , Small towns , Georgia , LGBTQ , Clubs , High schools , Cults

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High schooler Sam and his close friends, James and Delia, are the Fascinators—magickers capable of summoning storms, reading minds, and performing spells. Despite the rest of their community not fully accepting their magical abilities, the trio take their gifts seriously, meeting after school to hone their skills. As an out, queer teen living in High schooler Sam and his close friends, James and Delia, are the Fascinators—magickers capable of summoning storms, reading minds, and performing spells. Despite the rest of their community not fully accepting their magical abilities, the trio take their gifts seriously, meeting after school to hone their skills. As an out, queer teen living in rural Georgia, Sam struggles with his identity and self-esteem in a landscape of judgmental side glances and unending microaggressions—especially when it comes to James. He can no longer deny that his feelings for James have grown beyond friendship, even if Sam knows James may not be on the same page. When the Fascinators take on a new member, Denver from Nashville, his openness and kind demeanor quietly begin to strengthen Sam’s confidence. But the group grapples with their collective strength when James gets into trouble experimenting with dark magic at a party. Strategizing to use their magical powers, they rally to find a book of spells that James stole from a powerful cult group called True Light who are hell-bent on reclaiming their property. As Sam and his friends confront True Light, the group’s loyalties are questioned. Sam is forced to reflect on his own willingness to sacrifice everything for his friends, and how much of himself he is prepared to lose in the process. Sam’s inner dialogue is relatable and dynamic. Part paranormal thriller, part introspective character study, this title challenges readers to accept themselves, build empathy, and stand strong in the power of personal beliefs. An #OwnVoices title for fans of Becky Albertalli.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062888044

First Release

September 2020

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Homophobic Slur , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General

Topics

Magic, Sexuality, Small towns, Georgia, LGBTQ, Clubs, High schools, Cults,

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Book Genres

Fantasy, Magic

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