Cover artist: Katt Phatt Studio
|Crack open your spell book and enter the world of the illustrious Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary. There’s been a murder on campus, and it’s up to the students of Galileo to solve it. Follow 18 authors and 18 students as they puzzle out the clues and find the guilty party.
Professor of Magical History Septimius Dropwort has just been murdered, and now everyone at the Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary is a suspect.
A prestigious school for young magicians, the Galileo Academy has recently undergone a comprehensive overhaul, reinventing itself as a roaming academy in which students of all cultures and identities are celebrated. In this new Galileo, every pupil is welcome—but there are some who aren’t so happy with the recent changes. That includes everyone’s least favorite professor, Septimius Dropwort, a stodgy old man known for his harsh rules and harsher punishments. But when the professor’s body is discovered on school grounds with a mysterious note clenched in his lifeless hand, the Academy’s students must solve the murder themselves, because everyone’s a suspect.
Told from more than a dozen alternating and diverse perspectives, The Grimoire of Grave Fates follows Galileo’s best and brightest young magicians as they race to discover the truth behind Dropwort’s mysterious death. Each one of them is confident that only they have the skills needed to unravel the web of secrets hidden within Galileo’s halls. But they’re about to discover that even for straight-A students, magic doesn’t always play by the rules. . . .
Contributors include: Cam Montgomery, Darcie Little Badger, Hafsah Faizal, Jessica Lewis, Julian Winters, Karuna Riazi, Kat Cho, Kayla Whaley, Kwame Mbalia, L. L. McKinney, Marieke Nijkamp, Mason Deaver, Natasha Díaz, Preeti Chhibber, Randy Ribay, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Victoria Lee, and Yamile Saied Méndez
Marieke’s character: Wren
ISBN-10: 0593303946| ISBN-13: 978-0593303948
☙ GRIMOIRE OF GRAVE FATES is a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection.
☙ GRIMOIRE OF GRAVE FATES is a winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.
[A] breadth of powerhouse voices. (…) From the moment Marieke Nijkamp’s Wren, a nonbinary, disabled necromancer who’s been bullied by Dropwort, finds the body, everything changes. (…) The many individual voices are threaded together well, leading up to a conclusion that is cohesive and actively empowering. Eighteen heroes, individual yet not alone, beautifully find self-respect and force their school to change.
— Kirkus, starred review
[A]n intricately constructed fantasy told in 18 uniquely rendered narratives. (…) Marieke Nijkamp’s nonbinary necromancer Wren was the first to discover the body. (…) The work’s contained timeline, which takes place over a single day, provides urgency to this magical mystery, and the myriad perspectives lend nuance, leading to a satisfyingly cohesive collection.
— Publishers Weekly
Readers who’ve been burned by less culturally sensitive wizard schools will rejoice (…) [The range of] identities in a magic school setting is vastly appealing, and meditations on ‘chosen one’ clichés and sly meta-commentary make this especially enjoyable for genre-savvy readers.
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Highly recommended for readers who love genre blending, magic with morals, and a good whodunit.
A resonant message of hope for a better future, magical or otherwise.
Exceptionally diverse and delightfully funny.
— School Library Journal
A bracing, subversive, and ultimately radical take on the magic school trope.
For Marieke’s story:
– Emotional abuse