First – hooray, I was selected to be on a Cybils panel again this year! After two years of doing Round 1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, this year I’ll be doing the Cybils Round 1 Audiobooks – click through to see the other judges! This is the first year the Cybils have had an audiobook category, and I’m very excited be helping out with it! Start thinking of your favorite middle grade audiobooks published between October 16 2015 and October 15 2016 – nominations will open October 1!
Here are two very different takes on magic in Regency England. Both are published for adults, though in keeping with the period, neither has anything that would make it inappropriate for middle or high school students.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. ACE, 2015.
The story opens from the point of view of Zacharias Wythe, the youngest man ever to be Britain’s Sorcerer Royal. He’s also the first Black man in such a position – adopted, manumitted, and raised by Sir Stephen Wythe, the previous Sorcerer Royal, whose ghost still advises Zacharias. But while Sir Stephen and his wife were always supportive of Zacharias, the other sorcerers of England are largely horrified. Zacharias is trying to find out why the magic in England has been diminishing to a point where hardly any sorcerers can still work magic. This, naturally, is becoming a concern of national security. Continue reading