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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations Book 1) by [B. B. Alston]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 3–7—Amari Peters is a young Black girl who believes her brother Quinton is alive, even if no one else does. Everything is going wrong and she just got expelled from school, but something exciting is about to happen. Amari, as recommended by her brother, joins a summer camp at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. She starts to learn a special skill all her own, and discovers magical creatures exist (fairies, aliens, and magicians, to name a few) that the Bureau must protect from average people. Readers follow Amari as she navigates a new magical world, hones her skills, and searches for her brother who was attempting to track down the Night Brothers—a mysterious band of magical criminals. This series debut is sure to be a hit with late elementary students and middle graders who are fans of "Harry Potter," "Percy Jackson," and the Men in Black movies. There are a lot of diverse characters who will be relatable to all kids. Amari is tough, smart, kind, and very likeable. The plot doesn't shy away from depictions of racism and discrimination, which may provide necessary, thoughtful discussion topics for classrooms and families. VERDICT This story is action-packed with no fluff; a magical world readers will want to visit, blended with contemporary themes. An excellent middle grade fantasy that will attract an immediate fan base and leave kids eager for more.—Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Lib., NC --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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“This series debut is sure to be a hit with late elementary students and middle graders who are fans of “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson,” and the Men in Black movies….An excellent middle grade fantasy that will attract an immediate fan base and leave kids eager for more.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

“The author weaves magical whimsy with honest, realistically portrayed circumstances, allowing Amari’s literal #BlackGirlMagic to shine even when she doesn’t believe in herself. This timely, energetic, first-person narrative moves quickly with clear descriptions, a thrilling buildup, and strong messages about profiling. An impressive debut series opener.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“In this thrilling debut, Alston thrusts his intrepid heroine into a setting packed with magic, mythical creatures, and danger. Amari, a Black girl with limited means, confronts privilege and prejudice even while delving into a world of wonder, humor, and adventure, making this a sure-to-please winner.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fast-paced adventure and cutthroat pre-adolescent contempt make for a delightfully challenging journey here, particularly considering the ways that Alston frames Amari’s racial and economic experiences as a Black girl as the root of her strong-willed nature and spirit of integrity. It’s a good thing this book is the first of a series, because readers will be sorely disappointed when it ends.” -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

“A breath of fresh air in the normal-kid-finds-out-they’re-magic genre, with Amari’s snappy, no-nonsense narration, a mix of new, bizarre supernatural creatures and classic vampires and witches, and rich world building that reads as both familiar and fantastic…. Readers will no doubt cross their fingers for more of Amari’s adventures.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The story introduces a world of enchantment, danger, excitement, and humor. While many parallels can be drawn between the protagonist and a certain boy wizard, readers will root for Amari’s own unique determination and wit.” -- Horn Book Magazine

“An enchanting fantasy adventure filled with heart and soul. Amari is magical!”
-- Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE

“As a former black girl misfit who wanted nothing more in the world than to be magical, this book is a song to my soul. Amari is the heroine we all need.” -- Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DEAR MARTIN

“Sharp, funny and brightly imaginative -- a big adventure filled with magic and heart.” -- Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of the Nevermoor series

"Clever, imaginative, and filled with heart. I loved every magical page." -- J.C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of THE STORM RUNNER

Amari and the Night Brothers gives an electrifying jolt to middle-grade fantasy, that takes the ingredients we know and love--strong-willed, relatable protagonist, a worthy quest, and a thrilling magical portal--and makes them fresh and new. From the first pages, Amari is at once self-possessed and an underdog, battling racism, bias and poverty, all later mirrored in her efforts to find her brother inside the fantastical labyrinth of the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Funny, fast-paced, and ultimately moving, B.B. Alston's debut is a rousing success and kicks off a series that will truly stand out from the rest!” -- Soman Chainani, author of the bestselling The School for Good and Evil series

"The surprises and story never slow down for a minute in this magical, astonishing world, with a heroine who’s like Buffy meets Meg Murry multiplied by Shuri to the power of awesome. I want to live in Amari’s world and watch her save it (or have her come here and save ours!)!" -- Tui Sutherland, bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B087CLFQXT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray (January 19, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 19, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1957 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 413 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0062975161
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 721 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are in for a treat!
By Tamika M Reynolds on April 9, 2021
Yooo! Listen this was another one of my anticipated reads. I saw the gorgeous cover and needed to know everything about it! Once it was released I got my hands on it ASAP. ⠀

I read this whole book in 24 hours. I tried slow down but I couldn't get out my mind "so whats gonna happen next." Here is my review⠀
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Yea its 5 out of 5 stars for me!⠀
I loved this book so much its definitely in my top 5 favorite books of all time. This was the book I needed in Middle School. I actually have childhood flashbacks when reading this. The magic was so interesting. The storyline and plot was seriously relatable and well written. The characters are well developed and memorable. The mystery in the book was gripping I didn't know what to believe 😳. ⠀

If I had to give it a critique I would say... if you ever dealt with bullying I can say this book triggered the crap out of me but still empowered me at the sametime.⠀

Also I thought the villian made some questionable decisions but being I couldn't guess the villian to begin with they already had one up on me anyway lmao.⠀

This book could be describe as the gender bender melenated Percy Jackson. ⠀

This is a new CLASSIC. Get it for your kids or get it for yourself.... eitherway JUST GET IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing!!
By Belle’s Middle Grade on February 18, 2021
Wow! What a book! This was like a MG Men in Black mixed w/a school setting! Loved it! Amari’s older brother has been missing for 6 months. Amari is determined to find him. She even posts his picture on every missing person site imaginable. One night she discovers a mysterious ticking briefcase in her brothers closet-for her eyes only. He had nominated her for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Apparently there were things she didn’t know about her brother. Her eyes are opened to a whole other world. Where mermaids, yetis, witches, etc really do exist. It’s up to the bureau to hide the supernatural world from the “normal” world, among other things. Amari thinks this could be where she finally gets answers to what happened to her brother. Amari hoped things would be different here, but these legacy kids treat her just the same as the snobs from her old school-seeing her as a girl from the projects who doesn’t deserve a place w/them & nothing more. Then she has an illegal ability which makes matters worse-she becomes their enemy. On top of it all, the acts of an evil magician threaten the bureau & the world. This was amazing! I loved the bureau & how the author explained it all. It’s broken down into different departments-each more fascinating than the next-& each student picks which department they want to work for. They have to pass 3 tryouts to make it. Amari wants to be a junior agent-the most dangerous, & also what her brother was. She has an amazing roommate, Elsie, who is a genius weredragon lol- I loved her so much. She helps Amari try to figure out what happened to her brother & his partner-who went missing w/him. She also gets help from an unexpected source. This is full of magic, humor, suspense, mystery, strength, hope, family, friendship, adventure, & more. Strong messages on privilege, perseverance, fear invoked hate, judging, stereotyping, bullying, & so much more. I wanted to beat up all those kids parents! The way they treated Amari! Made me sick, & heartbroken for her. She’s a tough cookie, a lot stronger than she should of ever of had to be. Love Amari so much. The twists! Wow! I flew through this! All amazing. Even the history facts told how they “really happened” from supernatural sources lol Magic goodness combined w/honest real life issues. Full of heart & an amazing kick butt heroine. Highly recommend! Need book 2 NOW! Absolutely stunning cover by Godwin Akpan too! Gorgeous!💜
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John Bolton
4.0 out of 5 stars Amari is a bold, inspirational character
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2021
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J.Preet
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much death and violence for 7yr old
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2021
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Carrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story poorly edited
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A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fantasy story for 9-13-year-olds
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HELEN OLIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical.
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