Our Bookseller says:
“This set an impossible bar for the other 2021 releases. I LOVED Amari’s story. Not only were the characters relatable and well-written, but it also doesn’t shy away from issues like racism, income inequality, and bullying (cyber and in person), while making them accessible for kids — and it covers all that while taking the best parts of Men In Black, Artemis Fowl, and Harry Potter and elevating them to a fantastic new level! By the end of the book, I was ready to fight a fictional character (no spoilers, but I was very ragey at that character) and also prepared to beg the author for the sequel because I NEED MORE. Basically, I have a new addiction and it’s a middle grade series which currently has one book. B. B. Alston, if you’re reading this, PLEASE GET BACK TO WRITING I NEED THE SEQUEL ASAP.”
Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic, about a young girl who must earn a spot at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs in order to find her missing brother—only to discover that her unprecedented levels of potential and power have marked her as a suspect in the ongoing fight against an evil magical threat. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.
Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good.
So when she discovers a ticking briefcase in his closet containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real.
Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense scrutiny and doubt—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.