Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott's School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel's behavior becomes the least of her problems.

Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossbow-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her-but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?


"This series deserves a permanent place in the children's fantasy pantheon, with Narnia and Earthsea." —Booklist (starred review of Jinx's Magic)

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    In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path -- then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

    Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors.

    The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trod paths. But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic -- and magicians -- can be as dangerous as the forest, and soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.


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    Jinx's Magic:

    Jinx knows he can do magic. But he doesn't know why he's being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, why the trees are starting to take back the only safe paths through the Urwald, or why the elves think Jinx and the evil Bonemaster are somehow connected.

    Jinx's perilous search for answers takes him to the desert land of Samara, where, according to the wizard Simon, he just might find the ancient magic he needs to defeat the Bonemaster and unite the Urwald. But Jinx finds himself in a centuries-old conspiracy that places the Urwald in even greater danger.


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    Jinx's Fire

    Sometimes you have to step off the path to get where youíre going. In the Urwald, that could lead to being eaten. But Jinx has to do something, and fast: the forest is under attack, and its magic is fading. Jinx must travel to the corners of the Urwald to convince all its inhabitants (people, trees, and monsters) to work together to defend their homeland. But he also needs to save the magician Simon and so must make a perilous journey into the icy depths beneath the Glass Mountains.

    Will Jinx be able to summon enough of his magic (the bright fire within him) to rescue Simon, defeat the Bonemaster, unite the Urwald, and fight off the invaders? The final book in the Jinx trilogy is an epic tale about good and evil, fire and ice, magic and knowledge, and becoming who you are meant to be.

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