Internationally bestselling superstar author Angie Thomas makes her middle grade debut with the launch of a new contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore.
It’s not easy being a Remarkable in the Unremarkable world. Some things are cool — like getting a pet hellhound for your twelfth birthday. Others, not so much — like not being trusted to learn magic because you might use it to take revenge on an annoying neighbour.
All Nic Blake wants is to be a powerful Manifestor like her dad. But before she has a chance to convince him to teach her the gift, a series of shocking revelations and terrifying events launch Nic and two friends on a hunt for a powerful magic tool she’s never heard of ... to save her father from imprisonment for a crime she refuses to believe he committed.
Praise for Angie Thomas:
No. 1 New York Times Bestselling author
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award
Winner of Children's Book of the Year at The British Book Awards
Winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Carnegie Medal
"No one else who writes like Angie. Phenomenal.” The Guardian
"Thomas has given a voice to her generation." Stylist
"Unflinching yet accessible." Dazed
"Witty, generous and real." Entertainment Weekly
"Stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching." John Green
"Paints a deeply emotional and intricate picture of race and class." Variety
“Undeniably wondrous.” Woman’s Way
Wow! Nic Blake and the Remarkables by @angiethomas was a blast. It genuinely made me laugh one moment and cry the next. This is the type of book that I think has it all – a fun adventure with great characters, and a lot of deep messages and themes spread throughout. A book like this is important. I think it can be read as it is, or it has the potential to create discussions for children who want to learn more. It certainly made me do a bit more research into the real life struggles and conflicts of black people in America many years ago, and even today, and it is truly heartbreaking.
Action packed, with brilliant characters and drawing on African American folklore, this is an engrossing read for fantasy lovers aged 10+.
This is a brilliant and action-packed fantasy novel set in an absorbing world. Full of bravery, friendship, the importance of family and the need to fulfill your destiny, this is a terrific novel for middle year readers aged 10 – 15.
Fantasy is an excellent way to step into another’s shoes, and see the world from another perspective, and Thomas’s use of humour makes it all an easy fun read, that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next in the series.
Do you ever wonder if there are more things around you than your human eyes can see? Enter the magical world of the Remarkables, filled to the brim with fantastical and amazing creatures. Join Nic Blake, a 12 year old girl, as she embarks on a dangerous quest with her friends to find a mysterious weapon and save their world… If I were to rate this book, it would be 4 out of 5 stars.
Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer