4th Grade and Up
Its two months before Amelias big audition for the Mystwick School of Musicraft. If she gets in, she will learn to spin music into powerful magicbut her Gran has one last-ditch plan to persuade her out of it: sports camp.
A week of softball, sprinting, and sweaty socks isn’t exactly Amelias idea of a good timein fact, she’s deeply, appallingly unathletic. By the end of day one, shes puked her guts out in track, gotten a black eye in no-contact flag football, and firmly established herself as the Least Valuable Player at camp.
As head counselor, Coach Shawn is determined to make an athlete of Amelia, despite her complete inability to land a single basket in basketball and her high effectiveness at scoring in the wrong net in soccer. And all Amelia wants is some time to herself, so she can practice her flute for the Mystwick auditions.
But everyones plans are quickly derailed by a series of disasters that strike camp, putting everyone in mortal danger. It’s clear that strange magic is at work, and as the only musician around, Amelia suddenly goes from benchwarmer to MVP. But can she discover the source of the malevolent magicand how to stop itbefore the deadly spell reaches its crescendo?
This is a very short but very enjoyable prequel to The Mystwick School of Musicraft.
The first book dives deep into a world where music is used to create magic, but what about the people who cant play an instrument? In a world where the band geeks are the super stars and the jocks are the odd ones out, we get to explore more of this magical world.
This story manages to squeeze many important lessons into a short amount of time. Lessons like you cannot force someone to be good at sports and instead of focusing on what you cant do, embrace what you can do. My favorite lesson was how athletes and musicians arent really that different. As Coach Shawn said Athlete. Musician. Whats the difference really? Both require practice, dedication and good breathing techniques.
My suspicions about a second book were correct and will be available sometime in 2022. Im really looking forward to listening to another audiobook with beautiful background music.