Jinx

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In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn?riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path?then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees ...

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Overview

In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn–riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trodden paths.

But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest. And soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers that life beyond—and even within—the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.

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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
Flowing dialogue, easy interactions between the characters, a mixed Diana Wynne Jones/Lloyd Alexander vibe, and a setting both familiar and original make the novel immediately inviting and compelling.
Publishers Weekly
In a story with strong middle-grade appeal, Jinx has grown up in the Urwald, an enormous, sentient forest where humans exist on sufferance, safe only in their own clearings and the paths between them. Trolls and werewolves prowl the Urwald, as do dangerous witches and wizards. After Jinx's brutal stepfather decides to abandon him in the forest, the boy is saved by a crusty, morally ambiguous wizard named Simon, who takes him in as a servant, eventually teaching him some magic. Years later, a 12-year-old Jinx and two new friends set off to find another wizard, the monstrous Bonemaster, in hopes he can help them overcome their respective magical troubles. Blackwood...fills her tale with drama and delightfully funny dialogue ("You could have told us you had a curse on you that made you have to tell the truth," Jinx complains at one point). Jinx is an engaging and memorable hero, and adult characters like Simon, the Bonemaster, and the witch Dame Glammer (who rides a butter churn) are entertainingly eccentric. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
Booklist
In this expertly paced, beautifully written fantasy, Blackwood elevates familiar fantasy elements with exquisitely credible characters who inhabit a world filled with well-drawn magic and whimsy.
Booklist (starred review)
In this expertly paced, beautifully written fantasy, Blackwood elevates familiar fantasy elements with exquisitely credible characters who inhabit a world filled with well-drawn magic and whimsy.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—"In the Urwald you grow up fast or not at all," readers learn in the opening of this rich and fecund fantasy. Jinx is that staple of children's literature: the scorned, ill-used orphan who proves to be so much more gifted and important than he ever imagined possible. He occupies a world that is simultaneously original and familiar, influenced by centuries of folklore, but newly envisioned and vividly created. This eldritch, primeval forest that Jinx has been warned to shun is, nevertheless, where he has been abandoned by his heartless stepfather. Blackwood has populated this magical place with convincingly conflicted wizards and witches who seem uncertain as to how much they should be using their skills to control events or the beings around them. Jinx is slow to recognize his own powers as he digs his bare toes into the earth of the forest and feels the pulsing heartbeat of its life, or finds that he can call up fire. He is even slower to divine the motives of the various people he encounters, including Elwyn and Reven-youths under mysterious curses of their own-who navigate the Urwald beside him. Readers will thrill to the journey with Jinx as he discovers and grows into himself. Though they will not feel abandoned at the edge of a cliff at the book's end, they won't be surprised-and will be delighted-if sequels are in the offing.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062129918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 87,617
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sage Blackwood lives at the edge of a large forest, with thousands of books and a very old dog, and enjoys carpentry, cooking, and walking in the woods of New York State.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Jinx is a book which has magic, mysterious creatures, and distan

    Jinx is a book which has magic, mysterious creatures, and distant lands. The story begins with a young boy who is not wanted by his "family". They take him off into the forest to leave him. He meets a wizard and his adventures begin. The story covers Jinxes life for four years. Jinx was a pleasure to read and children 8 and up should enjoy the characters and events that occur. It should appeal to boys and girls alike due to the variety of heroic characters contained within the pages.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I'll be honest, I mostly picked up this book because the cover i

    I'll be honest, I mostly picked up this book because the cover image is phenomenal. Of course you shouldn't pick up books for their covers! But I was very pleasantly surprised. Jinx is a likable character but to be honest, Simon stole the show for me. If you liked books like The Magic Thief you will like this one! I thought the abilities the main character had were very unique and creative. The events that unfold throughout this book really do pull on your heart strings. I felt for all the characters, I even loved Simon and Sophies relationship! This is certainly a book you should pick up and read if you like fantasy, creatures and magic! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Just answering a question

    The sample is 36 pages

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Best book

    This book is one of the manny good books i have ever red

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Great

    Can't wait for jinx magic

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Sexy

    Gi to a sexy world at hutr resses 1+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Eh

    The story was about this kid. He lives with the wizard in the woods, who eventually teaches him magic. One day the boy gets angry and runs away. He meets two new friends, and they have a short adventure in the last quarter of the book. Thrre's no climax, no rising action, suspense, no central plotline, Nothing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Snakekit

    Grabs the other kits and runs back to bloodclan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Ripper

    #Ripper# "Smaug! Where are the kits?!"
    +Smaug+ "That stupid cat stole them!"
    #Ripper# "Oh great. Let's go get them back. Hurry!"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Amberheart and night

    Ammberheart lunges at smaug and grabs his wing in her fangs and tears it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Ok

    It's a okay book so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    To bad i chatted and you have nothing to do with it hahaha

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I wonder...

    How longs the sample?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

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