In Abby's world, magic isn't anything special: it's a part of everyday life. So when Abby is discovered to have zero magical abilities, she's branded an Ord-ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.
The outlook for an ord isn't bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ords are impervious to spells and enchantments) Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a special school for kids who must learn how to get around in the world without magic. But with kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby's biggest problem may not be what she's going to do with her life - it's whether she's going to survive the school year.
Having grown up in a world in which magic is used for everything from whipping up breakfast to traveling (via flying carpet) 12-year-old Abby is distraught after she is declared an ord, entirely devoid of magic. Most families either cast out ord children or sell them to conniving adventurers, but, in an inversion of the magical boarding school trope, Abby is enrolled in Rothermere, a school where ords learn how to survive without magic. There, Abby meets friends and finds that, despite widespread prejudice against them, there are advantages to being an ord ( Ords can t do magic, explains an instructor. And magic can t really do ords either ). The first middle-grade novel from Rubino-Bradway (co-author of Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, for adults) takes its time getting underway; when, in the second half, treasure hunters kidnap Abby and other students, the plot picks up. On the whole, it s a fairly mild adventure with dashes of humor (characters include Barbarian Mike and King Steve); Abby, as a truly normal heroine, is easy to identify with. Unfinished business suggests a sequel is in store. Ages 8 12.
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This book was honestly super good. I loved all the characters and I really want a second one. There are still so many questions that I have. I love Peter and Abby’s relationship because it could totally turn into something more. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.