Spark (Hardcover)

By Sarah Beth Durst

Clarion Books, 9781328973429, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“This story, a fantasy set in a world with dragon-like storm beasts, is a triumph for every quiet person and those who feel a little out of step with their peers. Mina and her lightening beast, Pixit, are learning how to make the weather idyllic in her country. Mina doesn’t like to be the center of attention but decides to make herself heard when it’s important to her and to society. As she discovers that making things better in one place can have unforeseen consequences, one quiet girl learn that she can be strong and change the world.”
— Julie Karaganis, Cabot Street Books & Cards, Beverly, MA
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When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their country’s idyllic weather comes at a steep—and secret—cost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.

Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast—a creature of fire and chaos—everyone’s certain it’s a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian’s skills, and she discovers that her country's weather comes at a devastating cost—a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina’s never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit’s help, she resolves to find a way to be heard.

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults. Winner of the Mythopoeic Award and an ALA Alex Award and thrice nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, she lives in New York. Visit her online at and on Twitter @sarahbethdurst.

Praise For Spark

★ "[F]ascinating but powerful.... The underlying theme of the book reminds readers that it only takes one spark from one child to change the world."—Booklist, STARRED review

"The effusive adoration between Mina and her beast, Pixit, evokes The Golden Compass....[Spark is] warm, exciting, hopeful."—Kirkus

"[Mina and Pixit's] mutually encouraging relationship will resonate....A reassuring journey of self-discovery."—School Library Journal

"Readers with a yearning for adventure and justice will delight in this one, and quiet youngsters will especially appreciate receiving respect." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books