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Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino has learned the painful truth that she—like her mother, grandmother, and new friends Tom and Jay-Tee—must face a choice between using the magic that lives in her blood and dying young, or refusing to use the magic and losing her mind. Now a new threat leaves Reason stranded alone in New York City, struggling to control a power she barely understands. But could the danger she faces also hold the key to saving her life?

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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino has learned the painful truth that she—like her mother, grandmother, and new friends Tom and Jay-Tee—must face a choice between using the magic that lives in her blood and dying young, or refusing to use the magic and losing her mind. Now a new threat leaves Reason stranded alone in New York City, struggling to control a power she barely understands. But could the danger she faces also hold the key to saving her life?

Magic Lessons is a stunning follow-up to Larbalestier's debut novel, Magic or Madness, which earned multiple starred reviews and a spot on the Locus 2005 Recommended Reading List, along with being named a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and the Young Adult Round Table of the TLA.

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Children's Literature
In this second volume of Justine Larbalestier's "Magic or Madness" series, Reason and her friends face a series of challenges as they attempt to negotiate typical teen angst and attraction, complicated with potentially destructive magical powers. Through a magic door, Reason is taken from the relative safety of her grandmother's kitchen into New York City, where she turns to her friend Jay-Tee's brother, Danny. Against a backdrop of magical peril, their friendship turns to romance, which shifts the balance of the relationship with her other friends. The greatest threat comes not from the unknown creatures pursuing Reason, but from within. Her magical powers come at a high price: using them will bring her an early death, but not using them will lead her to insanity. Reason's grandmother Esmeralda, the magical matriarch, continues to either manipulate or help the teenagers—they are not always sure which. Will Reason, Danny, and the others find safety? The novel takes a while to get started, and the ending falls a bit flat, but the characters are lively and well developed. Readers who start with the first installment will likely be more well grounded and enjoy this novel more. 2006, Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 14 up.
—Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
VOYA
The second book in the Magic Trilogy, following Magic or Madness (Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 2005/VOYA February 2005) is an engaging adventure for older teens looking for sharply written fantasy. Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is coming to terms with the realization that magic will kill her if she uses it or drive her mad if she does not. Her new friendship with magic teenagers Tom and Jay-Tee is helping Reason deal with losing her mother to insanity. She is slowly learning to trust her grandmother, Esmerelda, who is teaching her both the reaches and limitations of her power. Just as Reason is finally beginning to feel in control of her life, she is magically transported from Australia to New York City. There she turns to Jay-Tee's brother Daniel, for whom she has strong feelings, to help her fight her evil grandfather's influence. Although this story is Reason's, it alternates between the perspectives of Reason, Jay-Tee, and Tom, who have very different reactions to events. The novel does not stand well on its own despite its exciting tale; teens who have not read the first book will have a difficult time learning all of the characters and understanding much of the plot. It is definitely a bridge between the beginning and end of the series. Those who have read Magic or Madness, however, will be anxious for this one, and will not be disappointed. It is recommended for all libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 288p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Petruso
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This sequel to Magic or Madness (Penguin, 2005) opens with 15-year-old Reason Cansino reminiscing about her early life with her mother, bringing new readers and fans of the first book up to speed. A magical golem-type creature comes in through the door that links her grandmother's house in Australia and New York City and attacks the magically talented teen and her similarly gifted friends, Tom and Jay-Tee. When Reason is pulled through the door and lands in Manhattan, she turns to Jay-Tee's brother, Danny, for shelter. After determining that the attacks come from "Old Man Cansino," one of her ancestors, she has to figure out what he's trying to teach her, and how he's been able to survive for hundreds of years, since most magic users either die very young from using their power or go insane if they do not. Reason has sex with Danny and, at the end of this installment, she is pregnant and is charged with saving the others from their seemingly no-win situations. Larbalestier creates complex relationships among her characters, and their realistic flaws, combined with the sense of danger throughout, make this a good choice for even reluctant readers. Details about how Reason and her friends perceive and use magic add to the realism and immediacy of the story. Australian terms are defined in a somewhat humorous glossary but are generally understandable from context clues.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sequel to Magic or Madness (2005), this second in a proposed trilogy continues the story of 15-year-old Reason, an Australian girl who has spent much of her life running away from the magic that dominates her family. She now understands that running won't help her, it will only bring her closer to a terrible choice . . . use magic and die young, or stay away from magic and go mad. Her grandmother and friends in Australia want to help her, and her grandfather in New York City wants to steal her magic to lengthen his own lifespan. Transported between two physical worlds, and hung on the horns of the metaphysical, Reason must find her own path. In this installment, Reason makes some life-altering choices as she makes the transition from innocent child to young adult, and becomes more determined than ever to alter the direction of her life. Those who enjoyed the first installment will race through this second one and wait anxiously for the proposed end of the trilogy, in which one hopes for final and clearer resolutions for Reason and her friends. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595141248
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Magic or Madness Trilogy Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Justine Larbalestier lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Art studio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Great

    So far.im only 101 pages in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Pretty good

    As good as it was, magic lessons has a LOT of adult content and anyone under the age of twelve should not read it. However, you should in no way consider this an adult book because it is centered around teenagers. Do read the first book in the series, magic or madness, so that you will understand what is going on. Justine Larbalestier creates a riveting and fanciful world with realistic characters that will leave you breathless. Meet Tom, Reason, Jay-Tee and Esmeralda in their journey to figure out magic and solve the perpetual problems using it (or not using it) causes.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Magic Lessons

    I have read Magic or Madness and Magic Lessons and I thought that they were really good. I have not read the third book yet, but I can still understand the emotional turmoil that the teenagers in this book are going through. Reason has to deal with the fact that her magic can kill her or drive her insane just like her mother and Tom's mother. Now trapped in New York, with Danny as her only companion at the time, Reason must learn to adapt to the world around her to fight her Grandfather Jason Blake.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    My New Favorite Series!

    I loved the first to the series, and loved this one even more! I can't wait to get my hands on the next books in the series!

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

    MAGIC LESSONS is the second book in Justine Larbalestier's trilogy, and it's just as wonderful and gripping as MAGIC OR MADNESS! In this book, there are just as many questions as in the first, as every answer Reason finds only leads to more questions. For everything that's resolved, there are five more things that I was anxious to find out as I read on! There is plenty of suspense in this book. <BR/><BR/>Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee have all stepped through Esmeralda's magic door into Sydney, leaving behind Reason's evil grandfather, Jason Blake, as well as Jay-Tee's older brother, Danny, in New York. They're being taught magic by Esmeralda, even Reason and Jay-Tee, though they're still not sure they trust her the way Tom does. They've had some bad experiences with magic, but they know now that they have to use it, or else they'll go crazy, like their parents. However, every time they use magic, they lose a little time being alive. Magic is not the blessing it is in other books; in the world Justine Larbalestier has created, it's more of a curse. <BR/><BR/>The door between Sydney and New York is acting strangely. At first, they think it's because of Jason Blake, but it turns out to be something much more frightening and mysterious. They're not sure what it is, but Reason knows something about whatever it is that the rest of them don't: It's a Cansino. She and Esmeralda are related to it. One more thing: it's old. As in, centuries old. Reason isn't sure what to make of this information, but she doesn't trust Esmeralda, so she's not telling anyone. <BR/><BR/>Then she loses her chance to share it. She is sucked through the door into New York. Reason's not as lost as she was the first time; after escaping the scary, stinking old man-like creature standing in front of the door, she finds Jay-Tee's brother Danny, and stays with him. She can't go back to Sydney; the old man, the Cansino, is guarding the door. She could always buy a plane ticket home (or, rather, Danny could buy her one; money is nothing to him, and she has none), but there are a few things keeping her in New York. One, she wants to find out more about the man guarding the door, and maybe do something to get rid of him if Esmeralda figures out what he is. Two, there's Danny... <BR/><BR/>Sequels often don't live up to the high expectations set by the previous books, but MAGIC LESSONS sure does! It's just as great as MAGIC OR MADNESS. One thing that I like about these books is Justine Larbalestier's magic system; it's very original, and it seems more realistic that, if magic existed, it would have a price. That makes this much darker than a lot of books about kids who find out they have magical powers, and also adds some extra awesomeness to an already great book. <BR/><BR/>The number of questions being far more than the number of answers also adds something to this novel. Even though I usually think that a book is made less wonderful by a cliff-hanger ending, I don't think that's the case in these books. First of all, the main conflict of the book is resolved, but, as all answers do in Justine Larbalestier's books, those resolutions bring new questions to be answered in the following story. Nothing here has been what it has seemed to be so far, but everything also makes perfect sense. Add this to great writing, wonderful characters, and brilliant ideas, and you've got an amazing trilogy! I absolutely cannot wait for book number three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    awesome!

    In this book it brings reality in, so you understand what's it like to live in reason's world. At first it's a little boring but then it hooks you in! Like at first u think that reason and tom have something going on then it just takes a 360 degree turn with Danny! At the end you want to immediately want to go to the store and buy the 3rd installment. There is so many questions solved....and brought back up, it's terrific. Like when will Danny know Reason's secret? 0r Will the baby be majic? This book is great! Hope you read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    MAGIC LESSONS is the second book in Justine Larbalestier¿s trilogy, and it¿s just as wonderful and gripping as MAGIC OR MADNESS! In this book, there are just as many questions as in the first, as every answer Reason finds only leads to more questions. For everything that¿s resolved, there are five more things that I was anxious to find out as I read on! There is plenty of suspense in this book. Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee have all stepped through Esmeralda¿s magic door into Sydney, leaving behind Reason¿s evil grandfather, Jason Blake, as well as Jay-Tee¿s older brother, Danny, in New York. They¿re being taught magic by Esmeralda, even Reason and Jay-Tee, though they¿re still not sure they trust her the way Tom does. They¿ve had some bad experiences with magic, but they know now that they have to use it, or else they¿ll go crazy, like their parents. However, every time they use magic, they lose a little time being alive. Magic is not the blessing it is in other books in the world Justine Larbalestier has created, it¿s more of a curse. The door between Sydney and New York is acting strangely. At first, they think it¿s because of Jason Blake, but it turns out to be something much more frightening and mysterious. They¿re not sure what it is, but Reason knows something about whatever it is that the rest of them don¿t: It¿s a Cansino. She and Esmeralda are related to it. One more thing: it¿s old. As in, centuries old. Reason isn¿t sure what to make of this information, but she doesn¿t trust Esmeralda, so she¿s not telling anyone. Then she loses her chance to share it. She is sucked through the door into New York. Reason¿s not as lost as she was the first time after escaping the scary, stinking old man-like creature standing in front of the door, she finds Jay-Tee¿s brother Danny, and stays with him. She can¿t go back to Sydney the old man, the Cansino, is guarding the door. She could always buy a plane ticket home (or, rather, Danny could buy her one money is nothing to him, and she has none), but there are a few things keeping her in New York. One, she wants to find out more about the man guarding the door, and maybe do something to get rid of him if Esmeralda figures out what he is. Two, there¿s Danny¿ Sequels often don¿t live up to the high expectations set by the previous books, but MAGIC LESSONS sure does! It¿s just as great as MAGIC OR MADNESS. One thing that I like about these books is Justine Larbalestier¿s magic system it¿s very original, and it seems more realistic that, if magic existed, it would have a price. That makes this much darker than a lot of books about kids who find out they have magical powers, and also adds some extra awesomeness to an already great book. The number of questions being far more than the number of answers also adds something to this novel. Even though I usually think that a book is made less wonderful by a cliff-hanger ending, I don¿t think that¿s the case in these books. First of all, the main conflict of the book is resolved, but, as all answers do in Justine Larbalestier¿s books, those resolutions bring new questions to be answered in the following story. Nothing here has been what it has seemed to be so far, but everything also makes perfect sense. Add this to great writing, wonderful characters, and brilliant ideas, and you¿ve got an amazing trilogy! I absolutely cannot wait for book number three. **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    AMAZING!

    This book was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It was so detailed and I adored the Australian slang! Both my mom and I LOVED both of the books, and reccomend it to everyone. I CAN'T wait until March when 'Magic's Child' comes out! Too bad it's only a trilogy :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    A Level Beyond Expectation

    I read the first book in this trilogy and my interest was instantly stirred. Magic or Madness seemed like another teen book that would probably good for a read and lose my interest, but it wasn't and I couldn't wait to a hold of the second. I put in the reserved order at the library, where I first got Magic or Madness, and within a few days had this one, Magic Lessons. I flew through the pages within three hours and by the end was hanging on the end of my seat, begging the book to go on, which as everyone who has ever pleaded with a novel before, or has the common sense of a monkey can tell, was futile. Reason, Jay-tee and Tom are all characters that can be related to in someway, and in this book their own unique personalities shine more independantly than in the first, as they face new challenges, impending death, imposing antagonistic characters, and blossoming relationships, which cause their tangled lifes to bunch at the seams. Reason, after finally starting to amalgate her old life, with her new one, falling into a somewhat secure existance is pulled through the back kitchen door in her grandmother, Esmerelda's, house onto the streets of New York. She turns to Danny, Jay-tee's brother, and together they try to figure out who the old man whom pulled Reason through the magic door is, and what he wanted, while worrying about Jason Blake, Reason's grandfather, coming to drink Reason dry of her magic. The two become close, as is expected because of Reason's reaction to Danny in the first book upon their meeting, and in the end of the novel Reason finds out that she is pregnant with his child, after a night of intimacy in his apartment. Several other twists are strewn through the pages of the second of Larbalestier's trilogy, Magic of Madness, and leaves the reading wanting more, pondering how it could be possible for Reason to overcome what is next in her series of coming hurtles and how all the teens will handle Reason's pregnancy, and find the cure for their particular condition of magic or madness. I recommended this book to several other active readers I know, and do the same for anyone else in the mood for a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Finally a Book Worth Reading!

    So, I must admit, I was skeptical when I first started it. Finding good fiction is getting harder and harder these days. It doesn't take long however(It took me three or four pages), to realize what an amazing author this 'Larbalestier' is, even if you can hardly spell or say her last name. I didn't read the first in the series, the Magic or Madness book, but I didn't find any holes in the writing because of it. I reccomend skipping the first one because the second one is much better. For one thing Reason and Danny finally hook up, and I do mean really 'hook up' like beyond kissing, which is good. It also leaves you with a twist so surprising that it almost makes sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    From 5 stars to 1 in just a few pages

    In the begining the book was amazing. But How in the world is Reason going fight what ever happens in the next book when she is pregnant. She is holding the baby of her best friend's brother and her friend doen't even know it! The next book is just going to be a superfical horrible book. Watch the name be 'Oh My Gosh! I pregnant!' Before I finished this book I recommeded the series to a lot of people. But unless something extraordinary happenes in the next book there is no way I am ever recommending these books to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    SCORE!!

    ok so i have been waiting for this book to come out ever since i read the first one last april. i was soo excited when i saw it was out yea i dont agree at all with the other comment that says dont read the first one, phsh you have to read the first one! it was sooo good (hello do you think i would have waited very unpaitiently for a year to the sequal of a book that was fantasic) and i was mad her and danny got together tom is sooo much better and actually LIKES reason unlike danny but still an amazing book you have to read (after the first one of coarse)

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