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The Little Grey Girl: The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two


Series
The Wild Magic Trilogy

by
Celine Kiernan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536201512
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In the second book of the Wild Magic trilogy, courageous young Mup and her family are trying to heal and restore the kingdom when they uncover an ancient and powerful anger. The old queen and her raggedy witches have fled Witches Borough, and Mup’s family has moved into the cold, newly empty castle. But the queen’s legacy lingers in the fear and mistrust of her former subjects and in the memories that live in the castle’s very walls. While Mup’s mam tries to restore balance to a formerly oppressed world, Mup herself tries to settle into her strange new home with her dad, Tipper, and Crow.

When an enchanted snow blankets the castle, Mup’s family is cut off from the rest of the kingdom, and the painful memories of the old queen’s victims begin to take form, thanks to a ghost whose power may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle. Celine Kiernan weaves a timely and essential truth into the second book of her trilogy: that dismantling oppression means honoring the pains of the past, and perhaps the most potent magic of all is encouraging joy and hope wherever possible.

Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7 3/4"

Dewey

F

AR

4.9: points 6

Lexile

680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

10

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Family. Dystopian. Fantasy and magic. Witches. Animals. Parents. Paranormal. Supernatural. Ghosts. Castles.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This second installment of the “Wild Magic” trilogy picks up directly after the ending of Begone the Raggedy Witches. Now that Mup’s mother, Stella, has defeated the tyrant Queen and her army, Mup and her family move to the Glittering Land with the hope of creating a unified democracy. They soon learn that restoring peace takes more than eliminating oppression. This title shines a light on a topic not usually addressed in middle grade fantasy: the confusing, turbulent, and fearful time after the fall of a regime. The residents of the Glittering Land still cower under the threat of the old Queen, and lifelong prejudices will not be turned off like a switch. The ordinary folk who suffered the most under the old Queen’s cruelty view those who worked in the castle as silent accomplices. Mup is still a heroine whose fierce hope, love, and loyalty have the power to bridge worlds. Even while admiring the castle’s coziness, she remembers that beneath her are the dungeons in which she was once caged. These painful memories only strengthen her determination to embrace happiness where she finds it. Now, Mup must overcome a vengeful ghost who orchestrates a deadly reckoning. A strong and satisfying follow-up that continues to explore timely, real-world issues in a highly engaging fantasy setting.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This second installment of the “Wild Magic” trilogy picks up directly after the ending of Begone the Raggedy Witches. Now that Mup’s mother, Stella, has defeated the tyrant Queen and her army, Mup and her family move to the Glittering Land with the hope of creating a unified democracy. They soon learn that restoring peace takes more than eliminating oppression. This title shines a light on a topic not usually addressed in middle grade fantasy: the confusing, turbulent, and fearful time after the fall of a regime. The residents of the Glittering Land still cower under the threat of the old Queen, and lifelong prejudices will not be turned off like a switch. The ordinary folk who suffered the most under the old Queen’s cruelty view those who worked in the castle as silent accomplices. Mup is still a heroine whose fierce hope, love, and loyalty have the power to bridge worlds. Even while admiring the castle’s coziness, she remembers that beneath her are the dungeons in which she was once caged. These painful memories only strengthen her determination to embrace happiness where she finds it. Now, Mup must overcome a vengeful ghost who orchestrates a deadly reckoning. A strong and satisfying follow-up that continues to explore timely, real-world issues in a highly engaging fantasy setting.

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