The Language of Spells
The Language of Spells
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The Language of Spells

Written by Garret Weyr & illustrated by Katie Harnett
Published by Chronicle Books
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What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

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 are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

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.


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


    There are two uses of profanity (taking God's name in vain) in this book.

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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What is Grisha's real name?
  1. A
    Grishalang Tekking
  2. B
    Benevolentia Gaudium
  3. C
    Gauding Grishing
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Book Details

Publication Date
June 26, 2018
Reading Age
10 - 14 years
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