'A little bit GOLDEN COMPASS, a little bit HUNGER GAMES, and all adventure' - Amie Kaufman, NYT bestselling author of ILLUMINAE
The brand-new series from the author of the magical POTION DIARIES adventures!
Lacey Chu has big dreams of working for the company behind the 'baku' - a customizable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion for its user. The only problem is, she's just been rejected from Profectus Academy - the elite academy for cutting-edge tech.
Then Lacey meets Jinx... Jinx is an incredibly advanced cat baku who opens up a world that Lacey never new existed, including entry into the hallowed halls of Profectus. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his coded. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet.
He seems ... real.
‘The most compelling read of the year ... terrifyingly of the moment’ - Evening Standard
PRAISE for The Potion Diaries series:
'Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful, Madly cast its spell on me from page one, and is the most fun I've had reading in ages!' Sarah J Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series
'It's so cool!' Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella
McCulloch's (The Oathbreaker's Shadow) vividly imagined Toronto-set middle grade series opener intertwines smartphone technology with the hallmarks of classic science fiction via a fun, insightful narrative and bright voice. Lacey Chu, 12, lives with her mother in a "corporate mini city" that's grown up around the campus of Moncha Corp., developer of baku robotic companions that blend companionship with smartphone utility. Her dream is to begin seventh grade at the highly competitive, corporate-run Profectus Academy with an eye toward becoming a baku creator like her father, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Lacey is rejected despite excellent mechanical and coding skills, but when she rescues a nonfunctioning, battered baku a cat that she names Jinx she's suddenly admitted. After spending the summer repairing Jinx, she joins Profectus's hypercompetitive world, navigating friendships, social changes, academic excellence, and her decidedly and uncharacteristically headstrong baku. With a sharp eye toward the rising awareness of device addiction and a keen sense of wonder, McCulloch's tale is a feast for the imagination that celebrates women in STEM fields. Ages 8 12.