Magic School

PrincetonMagic Magic SchoolContinuing my adventures in books for boys grown big, I’m reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, which I somehow missed when it came out and only noticed on the recent publication of a second sequel. It’s a story about a nice boy who thinks he’s on the way to Princeton but winds up in magic school instead, but I’m guessing everyone already knows that but me. I don’t know if it’s exactly Harry Potter for grownups but it’s certainly Harry Potter for me–Grossman gives his characters and magic AND readers a lot more breathing room than does Rowling, who seems to have an aversion to white space.

I haven’t finished it yet so can’t whine about the ending. Are the sequels worth it?

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Yes.

  2. Yes indeed. Number three is my vacation book for this week.

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