Rival Magic

A young wizard’s apprentice discovers that the best magic is not the biggest or the brightest, but the magic unique to you, in this cinematic middle grade fantasy.

Antonia may not be the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, but she’s worked hard to win her place as apprentice to renowned sorcerer Master Betrys. Unfortunately, even her best dancing turnip charm might not be enough when Moppe the scullery maid turns out to be a magical prodigy. Now that Betrys has taken Moppe on as a second apprentice, Antonia’s path to wizarding just got a bit more complicated.

But when Betrys is accused of treason, Antonia and Moppe are forced to go on the run. To prove their master’s innocence—and their own—the rivals must become allies. As their island province teeters on the brink of rebellion, they’ll face ancient spells, vengeful mermaids, enchanted turnips, voice-stealing forests, and one insatiable sea monster.

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020.

“Clever, fast-paced fantasy punctuated with surprising twists and plenty of girl power.” ~ Kirkus

“A gorgeous fairy tale that touches on the benefits of cooperation and the beauty of discovering one’s own particular brand of magic.” ~ Booklist

“A fast-paced and pleasant magical read that proves that the power of friendship can help overcome many challenges. A strong choice for middle grade readers who enjoy adventure, fantasy, and enemies-to-friends tales.” ~ School Library Journal

“Lovably imperfect heroines, dancing turnips, a sea monster or two, and a political whodunnit keep the pages turning until the satisfying conclusion.” ~ BCCB

“Full of fierce girls, fabulously fun magic, humor and so much heart. I loved it!” – Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and Kat, Incorrigible

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EKSMO Publishers has licensed the Russian language hardcover, paperback, eBook & audio rights to Rival Magic!