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Amari and the Night Brothers: The most…
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Amari and the Night Brothers: The most magical children's fantasy of… (original 2021; udgave 2021)

af BB Alston (Forfatter)

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Titel:Amari and the Night Brothers: The most magical children's fantasy of 2021. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson!
Forfattere:BB Alston (Forfatter)
Info:Egmont (2021), Edition: 01, 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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Nøgleord:Waterstones, Signed, Exclusive Edition

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Amari and the Night Brothers af B. B. Alston (2021)

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Amari is struggling in her school life. She leaves the last day after an unfortunate decision to push a girl who has been bullying her for being a black, scholarship kid. Amari's brother has gone missing. When she gets a briefcase from him and a recommendation letter for a summer school program, she's shocked to find her brother was a big deal in the Department of Supernatural Affairs. He's been missing and Amari is determined to find him. She meets a friend, learns to navigate a difficult world, and finds out that bullies are everywhere. A compelling fantasy read. ( )
  ewyatt | Sep 16, 2021 |
Twelve-year-old Amari has struggled since her older brother Quintin went missing six months ago. She’s on a scholarship to the same private school he attended, but she never feels like she can live up to his legacy. He was one of those kids who seems to have it all–intelligence, personality, charisma, generosity, you name it. One of the mean rich girls taunts Amari one too many times and Amari decides she isn’t going to take it anymore. She loses her scholarship on the last day of the school year. Her mom is so disappointed because she knows this school is Amari’s ticket out of “The Wood,” the residents’ nickname for the housing project where she lives.

But then Amari gets an invitation to a special, highly selective, super-secretive summer camp that Quintin attended when he was her age. The camp trains kids to eventually work in the hidden supernatural world in various capacities: agents in law enforcement, concocting cover stories to explain supernatural events that average humans witness, creating technology to make supernatural lives easier, etc. Amari isn’t sure what she’s getting herself into but she agrees to attend the camp because it might help her locate Quintin. Every camp attendee has an innate talent magically enhanced to practically become a superpower. When Amari’s talent is revealed, she rocks the supernatural world to its core. Can she overcome prejudices on multiple levels to find her brother?

Oh my goodness. This was so much fun! But it also had a lot of depth. And just look at that gorgeous cover!

I loved Amari. She’s a fighter. Life is hard and unfair for her, largely because of things completely outside her control, but she keeps hanging in there. Cruel adults or mean girls, she meets each challenge the best she can.

She must pass several tests to be accepted as a junior agent at the end of the summer and she starts off at a huge disadvantage. Most of the kids at the camp have grown up in the supernatural world. Generations of their families have served in the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. But Amari never even dreamed that Atlantis or yetis are real. She buckles down to make up for lost time out of love for her brother. She finally starts to make friends who are outsiders in their own ways. But the discrimination she faces, because of her skin color in our world and because of her talent in the supernatural world, is really starting to wear on her. How can anyone fight against so many widespread, unfounded assumptions? All she wants is a fair chance but almost no one is willing to give her one.

Amari’s mama is a bit of a minor character but as a 40-something reader, even one who doesn’t have kids, I found her so relatable. She’s trying so hard to give her children a way out of The Wood. She works long, hard hours but worries about leaving her kids alone to negative influences in the neighborhood. She’s barely scraping by but she’s holding her head high and teaching her kids to do the same. My heart broke for her a little when she took out one of those predatory payday loans to get Amari the supplies she needs for summer camp. She’s hoping for the best news about Quintin, even while the cops are suggesting that this genuinely good kid must have been messing around with some criminal activity. How hard must it be to keep going when everyone around you is beating you and your family down?

This world is so much fun though! The author seems to be open to any and every creature, legend, myth, super power, fantasy, or insane technology. It could easily come across as too much but it’s all handled skillfully and creates a world that any fantasy reader would be eager to visit. There are obviously numerous literary and pop culture influences but it still feels like a fresh new fantasy.

I suspected part of the ending really early on so I’m knocking off half a star. Younger readers may be surprised though.

The narration by Imani Parks was a delight. I seriously thought she was about Amari’s age but I just saw that she was born in 1985!

I highly recommend this for readers who want to explore a new fantasy world with a strong young protagonist. Be sure to get the audiobook if you’re a fan of those! I’ll be eagerly awaiting the rest of the series. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Aug 14, 2021 |
Unputdownable.

Twelve-year-old Black girl Amari Peters is sure that her older brother Quinton is missing, not dead. When she receives a mysterious delivery containing a message from him, it doesn't confirm or deny his fate, but it does give her a whole new world to explore: Quinton has nominated Amari to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, where she becomes a trainee. (Her hardworking nurse assistant mother thinks it's a leadership summer camp.) Amari makes it her mission to find out what happened to Quinton and his partner, Maria Van Helsing, the team known as VanQuish. Most of the other trainees ostracize her - just as rich white students at her old school did, because she was a scholarship student - but her roommate Elsie (who's a weredragon) and one of the Van Helsing twins, Dylan, seem to be on her side. Amari makes it through three levels of tryouts, becoming a Junior Agent just before the Bureau is attacked by magician-created hybrids. Can Amari save the day? (Emphatically yes.)

Spoilers below quotes (it looks like there will be a sequel if not a whole series)

Themes: Self-confidence, trust, stereotypes and prejudice

See also: Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland, Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Quotes

"Go to any corner of the world and you'll find tales of beings and creatures that only seem possible in our imaginations. What if I told you that living among us are all the beings we've come to pass off as myth?" (Mr. Ware, 41)

"The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs is the link between the known world and what is hidden....
People tend to fear what they don't understand. And fear can far too easily become hatred." (42)

The truth is, I don't even know myself well enough to guess what [the Crystal Ball that reveals/enhances supernatural ability] might choose. (85)

"People are going to form opinions and say nasty things about you based on nothing more than what you are. You sure you're prepared for that?" (Agent Magnus, 101)

People assume stuff about you based on things you can't change about yourself. So I just do my best to prove them wrong, to be the person they're not expecting. (101)

"How do you even pronounce that?"
"You don't. Humans don't have enough tongues." (Amari and Elsie, 120)

"Keep that wildfire burnin' inside ye, lass. And let all of their doubts become kerosene." (Agent Fiona to Amari, 132)

"Remember this - there is only weakness and strength. The strong have imposed their will on the weak since the beginning of time." (Moreau, 161)

"The knowledgeable girl lacks courage, while the courageous girl lacks knowledge. How interesting..." (Madame Violet to Amari and Elsie, 339)

"Like all those born magicians that came before, your connection - be it as friends or rivals - has the potential to shape the world." (Cozmo to Amari, 405)

Spoilers:
Supernatural =/= magic: Magicians are not trusted in the supernatural realm, mainly because of the Night Brothers, Vladimir and Moreau. But, Amari learns at the end of the book, there is a secret International League of Magicians, separate from the Bureau.
Dylan Van Helsing is also a magician who can do tech magic. He partnered with Amari throughout the tryouts but all the while he was working with/for Moreau, to get the Black Book guarded by the Bureau and reunite it with the Black Key necessary to open it. Quinton was seeking the Key Holder when he and Maria were captured.
Maria never betrayed Quinton or the Bureau; Dylan planted the idea that she did. ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 8, 2021 |
S/L, loved story. Think Harry Potter/Nevermoor ( )
  Tishyy | Jun 6, 2021 |
RGG: Unfortunately, Harry Potter came out first because this book should be the one Harry Potter is compared to. Yes, the world-building and plot have similarities. But the references and reflections of being Black in this country are authentic, poignant, and entirely appropriate and necessary for the target age group. Reading Interest: 9-13.
  rgruberexcel | Feb 18, 2021 |
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Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition, you might be their next big star.
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