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The Language of Spells

Written by Garret Weyr and illustrated by Katie Harnett
Published by Chronicle Books
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Grisha is a dragon in a world that’s forgotten how to see him. Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she’s perfectly ordinary. They’re an unlikely duo—but magic, like friendship, is funny. Sometimes it chooses those who might not look so likely. And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna. Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone decided that there were too many dragons for all of them to be free. As they investigate, Grisha and Maggie ask the question everyone’s forgotten: Where have the missing dragons gone? And is there a way to save them? At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is a novel full of adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship.

What Kind of Book is The Language of Spells


What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Violence: A cat (who is actually a person who was turned into a cat) gets killed in this book.

Language: There are two uses of profanity (taking the God’s name in vain) in this book.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

Quotes from This Book

  • "Everyone can look at the world,' Lennox said, 'But only those who pause to see what is wrong can change it."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What did your child think of the story’s unique, melancholy ending?

  • What does your child love most—what would they have to give up for the spell to work?

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Who Wrote The Language of Spells

Garret Weyr

Garret Weyr is the author of 6 novels, some of which have been banned, translated into a multitude of languages, and included in college curricula. She grew up in New York City and now lives in California.

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Who Illustrated The Language of Spells

Katie Harnett

Katie Harnett was the recipient of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Ars in Fabula Grant Award in 2015, and her work has twice been selected to be exhibited in the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She lives in the UK

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Publication Date:
June 26, 2018