The New York Times - Notable Children's Books of 2012

This year’s notable children’s books — the best illustrated children's books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, and picture books — selected by the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review.



The Last Dragonslayer (2012)

Written by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery.

Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer.

If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic. This book is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


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