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Publisher's Summary

Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky —an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!

"The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world." —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling–author

"Listeners will enjoy this fresh take on a new fantastical world in which kids play an active role in determining the future of society." -AudioFile on The Marvellers

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts, like brewing Indian spice elixirs and bartering with pesky Irish pixies. 

Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy—some Marvellers mistrust her magic, which they deem “bad and unnatural.” But eventually, she finds friends in elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur, and fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, a boy with a fondness for magical creatures.

When a dangerous criminal known as the Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror’s aid, tensions grow in the Marvellian world and Ella becomes the target of suspicion. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her mentor before it’s too late.

"A marvelous gift of a novel! With fantastical twists at every turn, Clayton has created a world that readers won't want to leave.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

©2022 Dhonielle Clayton (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Story is amazingly written. Narration issues abound.

I really loved this story. Strong female lead with age-appropriate actions that lends itself to a series, while also standing by itself. However, the choice of narrator was very distracting to the point of taking me out of the story. Lots of word mispronunciation (anything that ends in -ern, like “lantern”, which normally wouldn’t be such a big deal but as it’s a rather significant plot point it kind of matters), and she absolutely cannot do a Scottish accent. HOWEVER, if you can get by that, BUY THIS BOOK. Amazing world building, and novel characters with respect for both neuro and racial diversity as it should actually be respected in the real world. It’s a gorgeous story about the fight to be recognized and creating your own space in a world where you don’t belong. Lots of advice on handling bullying, personal accountability, and other social matters that tweens, teens, and adults alike could probably use. You’ll probably feel some heavy HP vibes but I think almost any magical book is going to get a comparison to that, and this book might end up a stronger series. I’m hoping it does.

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You’re marvelous… always and forever!!!!

Ok ok so like I’m bursting with emotions and like can’t wait for book 2 of this awesome series. I say this with conviction I NEVER read a book where a plethora of differences and cultures melted so well together. I can see myself in these pages… I can see the marvelous light that’s inside me. Thank you for creating this world Dhonielle Clayton!

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Why narrator, why?

The story is so fabulous that it merits 4 overall despite a 1 for narration. The narrator managed to ruin what should’ve been an easy combined 15. She mispronounced so many words, and butchered so many accents that it made it difficult to maintain a suspension of belief, pulling me body and souls out of the Marvellian world.

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Read this book!!!

**4.5** I already can’t wait for book 2!!! Such a whimsical setting, very Harry Potter-esque, but a more refreshing take on magical schools. Ella Durand is such a wonderful main character, and the side characters are super lovable. We love a grumpy gal bestie. There are enough questions that make you want the second book in your hands ASAP, but also enough answers that made the ending of this one pretty satisfying. The perfect concoction!

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Exciting story w lovable and relatable characters

Fabulous and perfect, except the Scottish accent. Love the other voices, especially the little sister!

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I am reading this book with my granddaughter. She is reading the book and I am listening to the audio because I work this gives us something to talk about I enjoy the book and I am looking forward to the next one my granddaughter loves this series

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Hard work listening

Well I'm about half way in to this book and while the story is really good, the narrator makes it very hard work to listen to. At times her reading is so robotic and she seems to over pronounce her words. Other parts she reads fine. She will pause as if she's got to the end of a sentence but then suddenly there's another word or two. This book would be much more enjoyable with a different person reading it.