Author Holly Black

You might know Holly Black as the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles, but she is a bestselling author for teens as well.  Her latest teen fiction series, The Curse Workers, starts with White Cat.

One of the most interesting and unique parts of this series is the type of magic that is used.  Curse magic can only be done by a few people in society and gloves have become common to prevent a curse from being passed on.  There are different types of curses and it is something you are born with rather than it being a learned magic.  The main character, 17-year-old Cessel, believes he is the only one in his family unable to perform any type of Curse magic, a magic that makes his family a part of the criminal underworld.  Cessel tries to distance himself from his family but everything starts to fall apart when he wakes up on the top of his dorm, not knowing how he got there or why he was there in the first place.

Holly Black has also contributed to a few compilations.  Her most recent one stems from a debate among young adult authors over which is better, Zombies vs. Unicorns.  This collection will be published in September, but KDL patrons can place a hold now!

Something to discuss:

What did you think about the entire world that Holly Black built in White Cat? The gloves, the curses? Can you imagine a world like this where an uncovered hand could be a dangerous weapon?

Which is better, Zombies or Unicorns? And why do you think so?

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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