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Aster and the Accidental Magic

By: Thom Pico

Illustrator: Karensac

Quiet…birds…nature…

That’s what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It’s just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and…

magic?

In her new home, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes. After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language…and the trouble she gets into is just starting.

ISBN: 9780593118856

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Graphic novels , Country life , Dogs , Foxes , Genies , Fantasy and magic

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A move to the mountains results in adventure beyond a young girl’s wildest dreams. A strange species of gigantic birds that reproduce on a 15-year cycle is gearing up for a migration—always a destructive event. To help guide the birds, Aster’s scientist mother is building a robot. Her work takes the family to the mountains, and young Aster is A move to the mountains results in adventure beyond a young girl’s wildest dreams. A strange species of gigantic birds that reproduce on a 15-year cycle is gearing up for a migration—always a destructive event. To help guide the birds, Aster’s scientist mother is building a robot. Her work takes the family to the mountains, and young Aster is initially distraught when her life is uprooted. But as she explores the countryside, she finds magic and mischief, befriends a seasonal deity, acquires a pet dog, outwits a trickster, and has the adventure of a lifetime. Aster learns to cope with the unexpected and finds solidarity with her family and new friends. The conclusion hints that more fun awaits in future volumes. Featuring simple lines and appealingly bizarre creatures, the art will entice readers. The Alps-inspired landscapes and characters are colored with muted Photoshopped blocks of color, with panels that let the busy narrative flow. At times the style turns anime-like to convey extreme moments. Those who love Luke Pearson’s “Hilda” series will eagerly jump on board the Aster bandwagon.

Book Details

ISBN

9780593118856

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 6 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

RH Graphic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Graphic novels, Country life, Dogs, Foxes, Genies, Fantasy and magic,

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