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Magian High Paperback – November 28, 2012
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The author takes us into a world filled with magic and teenage hormones gone wild. Punkers attack without warning, greedy adults sabotage a noble idea, and a bunch of kids must overcome fear and prejudice to save the day. The author weaves an intricate story to demonstrate that sharing love and working together makes people grow stronger. These kids stand on the brink of building a better world for everyone.
Clever and well-written, this book is a plus on anyone's reading list. Harry Potter is so yesterday now that we can all enroll in Magian High.
When desegregation is passed, tempers flare, violence ensues, and some teens are put into the position of being peacemakers in order for the change to succeed.
Young adults will definitely enjoy the elemental magic aspect of the book, as well as the sweet romance between Kincaid and Amity, a Mage and Wiser who are both working to bring their two sides together.
With punker Mages busy causing destruction and fear in order to force the authorities to rescind desegregation, and a conspiracy of political proportions at work behind the scenes, Kincaid, Amity, and their new friends have to work all that much harder to prove that bringing their differences together won’t take away their power, but make them stronger.
This is a terrific young adult novel with very likable characters, an exciting plotline that will keep you turning pages, and very applicable social issues that resemble many we have today. It is well written and entertaining enough for the young or not so young.
But not anymore. Not since desegregation won and now the city is split into 3 school districts with everyone of every skill set attending the school their district belongs too.
My favorite thing about this story is that it takes the idea of people learning to accept others who are different and makes that point clear while using a non-earth problem to relay it.
Mages think they're better, the Wisers think they're the best, and of course the Corporals believe they're better than the rest.
There are groups that don't want this mingling plan to work(for various reasons) and all three sides have been so isolate from each other that fear and suspicion and prejudice abound.
Kincaid really wants there to be unity, but he's got a long way to go.
This story is about learning to see yourself as others see you, learning to accept those who are different, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, never giving up, not being afraid to do what is right, that people can change, and that love given to the right person not only benefits them, but can elevate you to new heights even though you are giving.
In a world of those who have magic and those who do not, students launch into a new, desegregated school year at Magian High, thanks to the efforts of teachers and fellow classmates who wanted to end the separation of Mages and Nomers in the public school system. Having been a spearhead in the effort, Kincaid Riley starts his senior year with optimism, not anticipating the anger, prejudice, and coming violence from students and staff. Magian High becomes a very dangerous school to attend. Kincaid and his Nomer girlfriend, Amity, uncover a devious plot that seemingly staunch supporters of desegregation are involved in, which puts Kincaid and Amity's lives even more at risk. The question becomes who is a friend and who is a foe?
I deeply appreciate what the author, Lia London, is trying to accomplish. She not only sets out to entertain her target audience, giving them a story that fuels the imagination with characters, social situations, and a setting they can relate to, but also cleverly teaches history, or more precisely the lessons we've learned from history. She delivers strong examples in Kincaid, Amity, and their friends of the bravery and decency we should all strive to attain. In other words, they are incredible role models, and I absolutely love, love, love that aspiring writers their ages had a hand in creating them. My appreciation for this story grew when I read the Acknowledgments. Magian High is a collaborative effort. London and a handful of teens wrote this story together. Teachers, librarians, parents, readers of all ages-- how inspirational is that?