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Magic, Madness, and Mischief

Kelly McCullough


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From the author of School for Sidekicks comes a witty and thoughtful middle-grade fantasy about the bonds of family and the strength of true friendship.

"Fans of Percy Jackson will be eager to hop into Kalvan’s world." The Bulletin

Kalvan Monroe is worried. Either he’s going mad or he really did wake up with uncontrollable fire magic and accidentally summon a snarky talking fire hare. (Yes, that’s right, a hare. Made of fire. That talks.) He’s got to be going crazy, right?

But if he’s not, then magic actually is real, and he’s got even more problems to worry about. Because Kalvan isn’t the only one with powers. The same fire magic that allows him to talk his way into and out of trouble burned too brightly in his mother, damaging her mind and leaving her vulnerable to the cold, manipulative spells of the Winter King.

Can Kalvan gain control of his power in time to save his mother, or will their fires be snuffed out forever?

Kelly McCullough combines Magic, Madness, and Mischief—as well as danger—in a delightful fantasy set in a magical version of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Praise For Magic, Madness, and Mischief

"Middle graders will enjoy McCullough’s characters, especially Sparx, whose language drips with sarcasm at every turn.... The author excels at introducing magic into the everyday modern world." —School Library Journal

"McCullough smoothly blends family drama, school story, and magical coming of age in this entertaining fantasy. ... Fans of Percy Jackson will be eager to hop into Kalvan’s world." The Bulletin

Square Fish, 9781250294203, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2019

About the Author

Kelly McCullough is the author of the adult fantasy series Webmage and Assassin's Blade. School for Sidekicks was his first novel for young readers. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats, all of whom he adores.