Alyssa Colman Celebrates THE TARNISHED GARDEN, in conversation with Heather Kassner | online event

Join us online for this celebration of the publication of THE TARNISHED GARDEN, the follow up to THE GILDED GIRL. Alyssa Colman will be in conversation with fellow author Heather Kassner.

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In this heartfelt, sparkling follow-up to The Gilded Girl, Maeve and Izzy O'Donnell must adjust to a new life together at the Manhattan School for Magic—but when Maeve's magic goes rogue and their school is in danger, they'll need to lean on one another to make things right.

The Manhattan School for Magic is the newest kindling school in New York, but Maeve O’Donnell knows she doesn't deserve her place there. Though her sister, Izzy, is one of the school's founders and a hero to those who can now kindle, Maeve can't control her magic and she lives in fear of anyone—especially Izzy—finding out.

When Maeve’s worst fears come true and her magic goes rogue, it damages not only the new school but Izzy’s reputation as well. While trying to repair what she’s broken, Maeve discovers a mysterious garden in the tenement neighborhood of the Tarnish, a hidden place where her magic actually works. As her magic and confidence grow, she befriends the others for whom the garden is a haven: a litter of talking kittens (house dragons, of course) who need Maeve’s help to find their missing mother. But someone else is searching for the kittens, too, someone who doesn’t care how many magical sites they have to destroy to stop magic’s expansion. And Maeve’s unstable magic might be the only way to save her sister’s school from being snuffed out next.

Alyssa Colman is the author of THE GILDED GIRL, which won the 2021 Northern Lights Book Award for middle grade fantasy and which Publishers Weekly called “a thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance” in a starred review. Alyssa lives in northern Virginia with her family.

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds, and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds, and reading and writing strange little stories. Her cats are always sure to be curled up nearby. Her novels include: The Bone Garden, The Forest of Stars, and The Plentiful Darkness.

The Plentiful Darkness By Heather Kassner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250764003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 3rd, 2021

The Forest of Stars By Heather Kassner, Iz Ptica (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Heather Kassner, Iz Ptica (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250791771
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - August 3rd, 2021

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