by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
278 pages for intermediate and middle grade readers who want a little magic and a little fairness in their lives. Ordinary? What is that?
When ordinary is not normal and normal is an illusion, how can you be sure of what you know? Abby Hale is the youngest of five. On her twelfth birthday she heads to the guild where the mages will give her some tests and learn what magical abilities and talents will be. The Judging is an exciting to day! Abby can hardly wait to discover her magical ranking. Her family has gathered. A celebration has been planned.
Abby walks through the door and into the testing – her score… zero. Abby Hale – youngest of an important magical family, sister of one with a nearly perfect score … has no magic. She has nothing. She is nothing. She is an “ord.”
In one moment Abby’s life is changed. What will she do? How will she survive in a place where she is no longer wanted and no longer safe? Though Abby has a family who loves and accepts her for who she, that is not typical. Traditionally Ords are abandoned or sent away. Having no value to society, they are sold or stolen and forced to do things only the non-magical can do. King Stephen wants to change that – but will it be in time to help Abby?
Ordinary Magic is fun. You’ll like the new places this book takes you, but it will make you think. Ordinary…what does that really mean?