The Resource Order of the majestic, by Matt Myklusch

Order of the majestic, by Matt Myklusch

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Order of the majestic
Title
Order of the majestic
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by Matt Myklusch
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eng
Summary
Thirteen-year-old daydreamer Joey Kopecky discovers magic as he is caught in an epic battle between two powerful, ancient orders in an alternate New York City
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Review
  • Grades 3-7 Jersey boy Joey Kopecky is no genius, but he notices things. He doesn’t forget that two is the only even prime number or that impossible-looking math problems probably have a shorter, easier solution. During an aptitude test, he’s sucked into the Order of the Majestic, a secret society of magicians and true believers who want to save magic through imagination and belief. Joey is soon attending Redondo the Magnificent’s lessons and trying to become worthy of Harry Houdini’s legacy—because that’s the only way he’ll have a chance of beating the evil conjurers of the Invisible Hand. Joey is a sarcastic, geeky kid with a pop-culture reference for every situation; his humor balances out the parallels drawn between the secretive Order and the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax. The middle-grade fiction world isn’t exactly short on novels featuring an unexpected hero who finds out magic is real, but Myklusch, no stranger to the trope, makes it feel new again with this delight. -- Stacey Comfort (Reviewed 4/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 15, p73)
  • A preteen becomes a sorcerer's apprentice. Joey Kopecky, 13, is less than thrilled with his luck. After mysteriously acing a series of tests, the middling student is transferring to Exemplar Academy, an elite school that's in session year-round. At his admission interview Joey is asked to take one final test, and the room around him vanishes. In its place is an old theater and a washed-up magician named Redondo the Magnificent. Through hurried exposition Joey learns that magic is real, but its power has been reduced in the modern world. Two ancient societies of magicians war over the remaining magic, and Joey has been chosen to turn the tide. The ensuing adventure story is well-paced and sprinkled with just enough humor and action to keep readers engaged, but the result, at 400 pages and counting, is a bit hollow. This series opener has an excellent sense of genre conventions but misses that special something, that little bit of thought that puts the title over the top. Instead it takes its place among a million Harry Potter and Percy Jackson riffs that will certainly scratch the itch in a pinch but won't do well when it comes time to weed overfull bookshelves. The book adheres to the white default. A serviceable charmer. (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
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10774910
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Myklusch, Matt
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
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650L
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Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.M994
Literary form
fiction
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  • 3
  • 7
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True
Series statement
Order of the Majestic
Series volume
1
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Magic
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Order of the majestic, by Matt Myklusch
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Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
426 pages
Isbn
9781534424876
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2018043315
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Order of the majestic, by Matt Myklusch
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23 cm.
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426 pages
Isbn
9781534424876
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2018043315
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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