Thirteenth Child

Frontier Magic, Book One

By Wrede, Patricia C.

Publishers Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

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ISBN
978-0-54503-342-8
Publisher
Scholastic


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2009

Gr 7-9 In this alternative history, a magical barrier protects most people from the dangerous magical creatures of the Wild West. Eff is a 13th unlucky child who supposedly will cause doom and misfortune, and is twin sister to Lan, the lucky and extra-magical 7th son of a 7th son. This novel covers a lot of ground both in time, following Eff from when she's 5 until she's 18, and in distance, as Eff's family moves to the Western fronti...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

From birth, twins Lan and Eff internalize very different sets of expectations. Lan is the seventh son of a seventh son, born with exceptional magical power and destined to do great things; sister Eff is a thirteenth child, cursed and possibly evil. After their father moves the sizable family to the frontier, Eff escapes some of the gossip, hides her stigma, and comes of age amid the physical dangers and political clashes engendered by her nation's westward expansion into territory occupied by fantasy monsters (dr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Lan is the magical seventh son of a seventh son; sister Eff is a cursed thirteenth child. Their story plays out in an alterna...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

In Thirteenth Child, author Patricia C. Wrede imagines a magical history for North America (called North Columbia in the book), which combines actual events, such as the Lewis and Clark expedition, with an alternative reality in which Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson combined their magical abilities to construct an enchanted protective barrier along North Columbia’s equivalent of the Mississippi River. In North Columbia, settlements not protected by magic would be quickly destroyed by the monsters west of the Great River—steam dragons, woolly rhinoce...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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