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On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.

With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic


by Jeff Hirsch

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Overall Review:  

Magisterium was not quite like any book I've read before. Part futuristic dystopia, part dreamlike fantasy, this story weaves together a number of disparate elements into one intriguing whole. Reading Magisterium felt a little bit like being in an odd dream, where I could never quite predict what might happen next and curious things were waiting around every corner. Although in the end I wished that some things about the story had been more fleshed out, and there were times when the pacing of the novel seemed uneven, on the whole, Magisterium was a book I'll probably be thinking about for a while! Recommended for teens and adults who like thought-provoking, unique stories that don't quite conform to the parameters you might expect.

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Profanity/Language:  ***


Violence/Gore: In an extended scene that goes on for more than 10 pages, teens are chased and shot at; one teen is shot and wounded, while one of their attackers is killed. A minor character shows signs of having been beaten. Characters witness a brief murder. A story is told of boy soldiers being hung as prisoners of war. A character is threatened with a knife. A character is killed by a magical monster. A girl commits suicide. A character finds a man who has been murdered. A group of characters come upon the scene of a previous battle, including casualties. A magical battle takes place. A man is hanged. A girl is threatened with a knife. A character is killed; blood is described (the scene takes about 3/4 of a page). Men are killed by magic. A woman is shot by an arrow; blood is described briefly. A character sees an army attacking villages in a vision. A fantasy war is fought (several pages). A girl falls and breaks bones. A man is murdered by magic.


Sex/Nudity: Characters kiss, embrace, and are attracted to each other. A magical creature transforms into a human and is briefly nude.

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Corrupt government, dealing with the enticement of power, making hard decisions.

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Reviewed By CindyB
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