Fall '12 Kids List
“As acting head of Kazam, an employment agency for magicians, orphan Jennifer Strange's life is already full of magical mayhem. When a prophecy proclaiming the death of the last dragon pops up, Jennifer may get a little more destiny than she bargained for. A chuckle-worthy page-turner for readers of all ages, Fforde's first young adult offering succeeds brilliantly with brains, heart, and a little bit of magic!”
— Jennifer Gough, Ebenezer Books, Johnson, VT
In the good old days, magic was indispensable. But now magic is fading: Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians--but it's hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam--and for Jennifer.
About the Author
Jasper Fforde is the internationally best-selling author of the Chronicles of Kazam, the Thursday Next mysteries, and the Nursery Crime books. He lives in Wales. Visit his website at www.jasperfforde.com.
"Fforde's forady into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes."--Kirkus "Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun."--Booklist
"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture."--Horn Book