Parents' Guide to

The Language of Spells

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Viennese girl meets dragon in sweet, poignant fantasy.

Book Garret Weyr Fantasy 2018
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Garret Weyr's imaginative tale of a girl and a dragon teaming up for a quest in late 20th-century Vienna offers eccentric charm, sweetness, life lessons, Latin, and more than a bit of heartbreak. Katie Hartnett's fanciful illustrations bring the characters and setting to life. The story may be too emotionally intense for some readers, but it delivers plenty of moments with the ring of truth, as here, when Maggie, whose mother died when Maggie was little, realizes something as she becomes friends with Grisha:

"So this is what it feels like to miss someone, Maggie thought. ... It would be like thinking about Grisha with the knowledge that he'd never be at the Blaue Bar ever again. That must be what missing Caroline was like for Alexander. ... She looked at her father as if seeing him for the first time. Alexander's day, no matter how busy he was, would be shaped by not seeing Caroline. Every day was like that for him."

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