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The trials of Morrigan Crow
First US edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.


Physical Description:
xiii, 465 pages ; 21 cm.
Target Audience:
790 L
Nevermoor ; 1
Machine generated contents note: ch. One The Cursed Crow -- ch. Two Bid Day -- ch. Three Death Comes to Dinner -- ch. Four The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow -- ch. Five Welcome to Nevermoor -- ch. Six Morningtide -- ch. Seven Happy Hour at the Hotel Deucalion -- ch. Eight Interesting. Useful. Good -- ch. Nine Wundrous Welcome -- ch. Ten Illegal -- ch. Eleven The Book Trial -- ch. Twelve Shadows -- ch. Thirteen The Chase Trial -- ch. Fourteen A Most Noble Steed -- ch. Fifteen The Black Parade -- ch. Sixteen Follow the Glow -- ch. Seventeen The Battle of Christmas Eve -- ch. Eighteen An Almost Jolly Holiday -- ch. Nineteen The Gossamer Line -- ch. Twenty Disappearing Act -- ch. Twenty-One The Show Trial -- ch. Twenty-Two The Mesmerist -- ch. Twenty-Three Foul Play -- ch. Twenty-Four Battle Street -- ch. Twenty-Five Master and Apprentice.
"A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"-- Provided by publisher.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 14.0 191614.
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An instant New York Times bestseller!
"A Harry Potter-esque adventure." -- Time Magazine
A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each with an extraordinary talent that sets them apart--an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

Reviews 5

Bookseller Publisher Review

Ten-year-old Morrigan Crow was born on Eventide and, like other children born on this day, is cursed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. Her family are distant and she's blamed for every local misfortune, so when a man named Jupiter North appears on her birthday with an invitation to apply for the prestigious Wundrous Society in the hidden city of Nevermoor, and promises to help her escape the deathly Hunt of Smoke and Shadow at her doorstep, Morrigan feels she has nothing to lose. Queensland author Jessica Townsend's debut is an exciting and charming middle-grade read that will hook readers aged 10 and up with intricate imaginative detail and its sheer energy. Townsend has a skill for worldbuilding-you will wish the Hotel Deucalion, with its giant cat housekeeper and mood-adjusting rooms tailored to its occupants, were real-and while some aspects appear familiar, Townsend incorporates these tropes with a liveliness that makes them feel fresh. The first book in a planned trilogy, Nevermoor does feature a lot of set up and the action loses momentum towards the end of the book's 400 pages, but overall, this is a compulsively readable romp that fans of 'Harry Potter', Terry Pratchett or Studio Ghibli will gobble up. Jackie Tang is the magazine editor at Books+Publishing

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Morrigan Crow is cursed and doomed to die on her 11th birthday on Eventide night. She is blamed for every bit of bad luck and misfortune that plagues the residents of the town of Jackalfax in the Wintersea Republic. When Eventide arrives early, ushering in a new Age across the realm, Morrigan is faced with the prospect of her premature death-until a strange man named Jupiter North arrives. Together the two escape the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow and come to the Free State city of Nevermoor. Miraculously alive and possibly no longer cursed, Morrigan can make a fresh start. With Jupiter's help, she has the chance to compete in a series of trials for a place in Nevermoor's most revered group: the Wundrous Society. If she succeeds, she'll also earn her place in Nevermoor and finally have a home and a caring family. Despite Jupiter's assurances, Morrigan dreads the final Show Trial, where the remaining competitors will have to demonstrate their astounding talents-something Morrigan is quite certain she doesn't possess. Morrigan will have to step boldly and learn to trust her new friends if she hopes to pass the trials and join the Wundrous Society. Townsend's debut fantasy revolves around Morrigan's struggle to find her place and discover her own worth, all while she completes magical tasks and investigates the strange world of Nevermoor. This dynamic title is filled with intricate world-building that brings the renowned figure of Jupiter North and the rest of Nevermoor to life. Set over the course of Morrigan's year of trials, this entertaining and fast-paced story is filled with astonishing details, such as the Hotel Deucalion, where Morrigan's room changes to suit her mood; the Wundrous Society grounds, which turn the weather up a notch; and even a giant talking "Magnificat" named Fenestra. VERDICT Readers, like Morrigan herself, will feel at home in this evocative novel where magic and confidence go hand in hand. An excellent and exciting work.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

First in a series, Townsend's spellbinding debut introduces Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl from the Wintersea Republic, who brings bad luck to everyone she meets and is destined to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow, a terrifying shadowy entity, is poised to kill Morrigan when a mysterious man named Jupiter North spirits her away to Nevermoor, an independent, magically warded city where the Hunt cannot travel. Jupiter belongs to the elite group called the Wundrous Society, and he wants to sponsor Morrigan's membership. She doubts that she will pass the four entrance trials-particularly since she'll be battling 500 singularly talented children for one of nine available spots-but she agrees to try: without Society membership, the Nevermoor police will deport Morrigan back to Wintersea, where the Hunt is waiting. Morrigan is a captivating heroine, filled with moxie and wit, whose unexpected second chance at life gives her the opportunity to discover who she truly is. Whimsical worldbuilding, humorous dialogue, and colorful supporting characters complement an adventurous, magic-filled plot that champions bravery, self-confidence, and hope. Ages 8-12. Agent: Gemma Cooper, Bent Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Readers will feel as though Harry Potter is meeting Alice in Wonderland in this first of a new series.Morrigan Crow, a pale, white child, was born cursed. She's the town scapegoat, blamed for everything bad that happens in Jackalfax. All cursed children are expected to live for 12 years, and as Morrigan is about to turn 11, she has one year until she dies on Eventide, when the old Age gives way to the new. Unfortunately, experts have incorrectly predicted the length of this Age, and Morrigan will die in just a few days. With not even a year's worth of a future, things look bleak, but then the letter arrives. It's an invitation to compete for a coveted spot in the prestigious Wundrous Society. On the day she's to die, Morrigan's new patron, white, freckled, and very gingery Jupiter North, whisks her away to Nevermoor, where the competition takes place. Successful completion of the four trials of the competition will earn Morrigan lifelong Society membership, giving her what she's always wanted: to belong. If she fails she must go home, where the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow (the death of all cursed children) will kill her. Several important secondary characters have brown or dark skin, including Jupiter's nephew, Jack. The geography, politics, and magic of Morrigan's world are created with care, and Morrigan is a brave free-thinker readers will look forward to meeting again. Not genre-shattering but a solid read for genre fans. (Fantasy. 8-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The future looks bleak for 11-year-old Morrigan, who's famously destined to die on Eventide. It's surprising then that she receives an invitation to become a candidate for the Wundrous Society. Jupiter North, a mysterious, magical man, transports her to Nevermoor, the fantastic city where she will compete with other candidates for an extraordinary education and lifelong society membership. Though Jupiter introduces Morrigan to new creatures, technologies, and experiences in Nevermoor, he adroitly dodges her questions about the ghostly Hunt that chases her, the competition that awaits her, and why he chose to sponsor her for the Wundrous Society. An Australian writer, Townsend knows how to keep the pages turning in this fast-paced story, even while introducing plenty of characters and plot elements to be developed in future volumes. Putting aside similarities to the Harry Potter books, and there are many, this novel sets up the framework for a projected series while combining elements of inventive fantasy, high-voltage adventure, and cryptic mystery in one appealing package.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist