The Resource Jinx, Sage Blackwood

Jinx, Sage Blackwood

Label
Jinx
Title
Jinx
Statement of responsibility
Sage Blackwood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2013
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 4-7 Nearly abandoned in a forest by his stepfather, young orphan Jinx lands, instead, in the home of a wizard, Simon. There Jinx, who has always had an ability to see others’ feelings in colors and symbols, develops the ability to communicate with the forest’s trees. But after Simon performs a spell, Jinx loses his capacity as an emotional seer. Setting out into the forest to look for a counterspell, Jinx joins company with a girl and a boy, both of whom are suffering under their own curses. In this expertly paced, beautifully written book, Blackwood elevates familiar fantasy elements with exquisitely credible characters who inhabit a world filled with well-drawn magic and whimsy—witches travel by butter churn, for example. Rounding out the exciting story are terrifying dangers, delightful bouts of wordplay, and vivid settings that will appeal to readers’ imaginations, senses of humor, and desire for fair play. A literary cut above Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books but with no less tension or bravado, this exciting, thought-provoking debut will leave readers eager for follow-up adventures. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 02-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 12, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4 – 8 — "In the Urwald you grow up fast or not at all," readers learn in the opening of this rich and fecund fantasy. Jinx is that staple of children's literature: the scorned, ill-used orphan who proves to be so much more gifted and important than he ever imagined possible. He occupies a world that is simultaneously original and familiar, influenced by centuries of folklore, but newly envisioned and vividly created. This eldritch, primeval forest that Jinx has been warned to shun is, nevertheless, where he has been abandoned by his heartless stepfather. Blackwood has populated this magical place with convincingly conflicted wizards and witches who seem uncertain as to how much they should be using their skills to control events or the beings around them. Jinx is slow to recognize his own powers as he digs his bare toes into the earth of the forest and feels the pulsing heartbeat of its life, or finds that he can call up fire. He is even slower to divine the motives of the various people he encounters, including Elwyn and Reven-youths under mysterious curses of their own-who navigate the Urwald beside him. Readers will thrill to the journey with Jinx as he discovers and grows into himself. Though they will not feel abandoned at the edge of a cliff at the book's end, they won't be surprised-and will be delighted-if sequels are in the offing.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed January 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 1, p101)
  • /* Starred Review */ In a story with strong middle-grade appeal, Jinx has grown up in the Urwald, an enormous, sentient forest where humans exist on sufferance, safe only in their own clearings and the paths between them. Trolls and werewolves prowl the Urwald, as do dangerous witches and wizards. After Jinx’s brutal stepfather decides to abandon him in the forest, the boy is saved by a crusty, morally ambiguous wizard named Simon, who takes him in as a servant, eventually teaching him some magic. Years later, a 12-year-old Jinx and two new friends set off to find another wizard, the monstrous Bonemaster, in hopes he can help them overcome their respective magical troubles. Blackwood, a pseudonym for writer Karen Schwabach (The Storm Before Atlanta), fills her tale with drama and delightfully funny dialogue (“You could have told us you had a curse on you that made you have to tell the truth,” Jinx complains at one point). Jinx is an engaging and memorable hero, and adult characters like Simon, the Bonemaster, and the witch Dame Glammer (who rides a butter churn) are entertainingly eccentric. Ages 8–12. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 19, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 47, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Making unusually entertaining use of well-worn elements, this series opener plops a dense but promising young wizard-in-training between a pair of obnoxious rival mages. Left by his stepparents to die in the dangerous Urwald, Jinx is rescued by Simon Magus, a "possibly evil" forest-dwelling wizard whose obsession with magical research is matched only by a truly profound lack of people skills. Several years later, having learned a little magic but also injured by one of Simon's spells, Jinx stomps off in a rage to seek help. But hardly has he fallen in with a couple of ensorcelled fellow travelers, than all three fall into the clutches of the genial but rightly feared Bonemaster. Along with setting this adventuresome outing in a sentient forest populated by trolls, werewolves and giddy witches who bound about in butter churns, the pseudonymous Blackwood spins out lively dialogue threaded with comical rudeness and teasing. Trotting out a supporting cast whose inner characters are often at thought-provoking odds with their outer seeming, she also puts her central three through a string of suspenseful, scary situations before delivering a properly balanced closing set of resolutions, revelations and road signs to future episodes. Unsurprisingly, Jinx displays hints of developing powers beyond the ordinary. Astonishingly, he and his world still seem fresh, for all that they echo familiar tropes. (Fantasy. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10167841
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blackwood, Sage
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • HL620L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Jinx triolgy
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Magic
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Jinx, Sage Blackwood
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Tied up in a sack
  • Knowledge is power
  • Matters of life and death
  • A quarrel
  • The truce of the path
  • Three spells too many
  • Unexpected meetings
  • Curses
  • The Canyon of Bones
  • Bonesocket
  • Jinx
  • The Insistent door
  • The Bonemaster's secret
  • Among the bones
  • Things seen from above
  • Widdershins
  • Reven's curse
  • The wizard's house
  • Strange feet
  • Werewolves
  • The forbidden room
  • A journey in the snow
  • The Bonemaster
  • The spell with something wrong about it
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780062129901
Lccn
2012005249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Jinx, Sage Blackwood
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Tied up in a sack
  • Knowledge is power
  • Matters of life and death
  • A quarrel
  • The truce of the path
  • Three spells too many
  • Unexpected meetings
  • Curses
  • The Canyon of Bones
  • Bonesocket
  • Jinx
  • The Insistent door
  • The Bonemaster's secret
  • Among the bones
  • Things seen from above
  • Widdershins
  • Reven's curse
  • The wizard's house
  • Strange feet
  • Werewolves
  • The forbidden room
  • A journey in the snow
  • The Bonemaster
  • The spell with something wrong about it
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780062129901
Lccn
2012005249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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