The Mystwick School of Musicraft
Humor and heart shine in this middle-grade fantasy about a girl who attends a boarding school to learn how to use music to create magic, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil series.Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

The Mystwick School of Musicraft Details

TitleThe Mystwick School of Musicraft
Author
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781328625632
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Audiobook

The Mystwick School of Musicraft Review

  • Lizzy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun book about music, magic and believing in yourself. Yes, it has quite a lot of tropes but there is also twists that give it a fresh and unique feeling.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, Harry Potter fans..........this is the book for you! Strangely enough as I started to read this book I was concerned that it was too similar to that famous book, but I was wrong! This gem features a lot of fantasy elements about a school for mystical musicians. Being a music teacher myself, I really enjoyed this aspect of it and noticed that the author wrote with such accurate details. She must be a music teacher (or at least a musician) herself. I found that I couldn't put this book down Hello, Harry Potter fans..........this is the book for you! Strangely enough as I started to read this book I was concerned that it was too similar to that famous book, but I was wrong! This gem features a lot of fantasy elements about a school for mystical musicians. Being a music teacher myself, I really enjoyed this aspect of it and noticed that the author wrote with such accurate details. She must be a music teacher (or at least a musician) herself. I found that I couldn't put this book down and had to finish to learn how it all ended. It is fine as a stand along book but begs to be a series.. My fifth ELA class would love this book and I plan to use it once it is out in print. Thank you to Netgalley for the free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah E.
    January 1, 1970
    A redhead playing a flute (correctly) on the front cover? SIGN ME UP.
  • Ruth Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    This is book Harry Potter fans have waited for with an imaginative unique universe. However it is missing the humor and softer moments of the Potter gang.
  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since she can remember, Amelia has dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft. She wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and her main goal is to attain the status of Maestro. In this mostly Earth-like world, music creates magic, and this magic keeps everything running. Those with the title of Maestro are allowed to perform the largest forms of magic. But Amelia's mother died when Amelia was only 4, and Amelia is being raised by her grandmother who never wants to talk about mu Ever since she can remember, Amelia has dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft. She wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and her main goal is to attain the status of Maestro. In this mostly Earth-like world, music creates magic, and this magic keeps everything running. Those with the title of Maestro are allowed to perform the largest forms of magic. But Amelia's mother died when Amelia was only 4, and Amelia is being raised by her grandmother who never wants to talk about musicraft. Amelia makes it to the audition, but it is a complete disaster. When she receives an acceptance letter after all, she is beyond surprised. However when she arrives at the school of her dreams, she finds that there has been a mistake after all. Now she has two months to prove that she is good enough to stay. It's hard enough, but something or someone seems to be sabotaging her every move. How hard is she willing to fight to stay and follow her dreams? Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.ARC provided by publisher
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  • Lisa Hartz
    January 1, 1970
    I got the audio version for free on Audible. I am a middle school art teacher and always trying to find new books to recommend to students. This is now hands down one of my favorites! I couldn’t imagine reading it - I’d be dying to hear the sounds. With the Audible version, a youth orchestra plays accompanying music in the background during certain parts and it is so lovely. The narrator does a fabulous job as well. The story itself is a great story and written like it’s an actual 7th grader. Ma I got the audio version for free on Audible. I am a middle school art teacher and always trying to find new books to recommend to students. This is now hands down one of my favorites! I couldn’t imagine reading it - I’d be dying to hear the sounds. With the Audible version, a youth orchestra plays accompanying music in the background during certain parts and it is so lovely. The narrator does a fabulous job as well. The story itself is a great story and written like it’s an actual 7th grader. Many middle level novels make the kids seem so much older than they really are but this author does a great job with keeping the feel of the youth. Lots of great messages for teens and pre-teens as well! Highly recommend.
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  • Kim Smejkal
    January 1, 1970
    My 9-year-old LOVED this one. LOVED LOVED it. She reads quite a bit (haha, this is an understatement, she reads everything), but this was the first time that I caught her reading with a flashlight under her covers at 12:30am (like I used to do, so obvs I let it slide). I'm basically posting this review because I needed her enthusiasm noted somewhere. :) When I asked her why she loved it so much, she said The Plot! The Characters! The World! The Music! She's pushing it on her older brother as I w My 9-year-old LOVED this one. LOVED LOVED it. She reads quite a bit (haha, this is an understatement, she reads everything), but this was the first time that I caught her reading with a flashlight under her covers at 12:30am (like I used to do, so obvs I let it slide). I'm basically posting this review because I needed her enthusiasm noted somewhere. :) When I asked her why she loved it so much, she said The Plot! The Characters! The World! The Music! She's pushing it on her older brother as I write this and she's going to be getting it for all her friends for their birthdays in perpetuity, I imagine.Anyway, take it from my bibliophile nine-year-old: "It's RARE to be SO excited about what happens next!"ARC received from the publisher.
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  • Crew
    January 1, 1970
    If I had just read this book, it would've gotten 3 or 4 stars. However, I listened to it, and the performance pushed it all the way up to 5 stars because of it's uniqueness. The premise is that in this modern contemporary world with cars and computers, there is also magic. Anyone can learn to cast spells, all it requires is a musical instrument and a song. However, the best musicians go to Mystwick beginning in Jr High to perfect their skill and become Maestros. Yes, it's like Harry Potter, and If I had just read this book, it would've gotten 3 or 4 stars. However, I listened to it, and the performance pushed it all the way up to 5 stars because of it's uniqueness. The premise is that in this modern contemporary world with cars and computers, there is also magic. Anyone can learn to cast spells, all it requires is a musical instrument and a song. However, the best musicians go to Mystwick beginning in Jr High to perfect their skill and become Maestros. Yes, it's like Harry Potter, and Mystwick is like Hogwarts, but it has a unique story, made even more unique in audio format. The New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra provides a soundtrack. They play the songs the characters are playing or hearing and they're great performances. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book with an interesting concept- live music played with instruments creates magic! There are a few holes, as it's never explained why voices can't create magic and why musicraft sometimes but not always replaces basic engineering, etc. The blatant naivete of the heroine was also irritating, as even a 12 year-old should have the common sense to be able to contact her family back home in another way if email isn't working. But the fast-paced ending and fun concept mostly make up fo This was a fun book with an interesting concept- live music played with instruments creates magic! There are a few holes, as it's never explained why voices can't create magic and why musicraft sometimes but not always replaces basic engineering, etc. The blatant naivete of the heroine was also irritating, as even a 12 year-old should have the common sense to be able to contact her family back home in another way if email isn't working. But the fast-paced ending and fun concept mostly make up for the slightly frustrating parts of the book.
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  • L.A. MacFadden
    January 1, 1970
    I completely enjoyed the time I spent listening to this. The story was so full of imagination, sad in some parts and even kind of spooky in others, which I hadn't anticipated at all. The narrator was just right for the young girl who was the main character as she made huge discoveries about herself and made an especially good friend along the way. The orchestra that played along in some scenes was perfect!
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  • Nicci
    January 1, 1970
    Audio: Audible free monthly pickThis was absolutely amazing. It was adorable, heart wrenching, funny and adventurous. Because I listened to it on audio, I loved hearing the music in the back ground. I had to remind myself it was a middle grade read because I could see it taking a darker turn and it never went there. That being said the ending explained the lesson in the story SO well. I would highly recommend it!
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  • Kevin Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This production, which includes performed orchestral music was very moving at times. Very reminiscent of "Harry Potter's" Hogwarts. Mystwick drew me into this alternative reality coming-of-age/mistaken identity ya where music is used as a tool to do everything from construction to healing and weather control. The use of actual music makes to tie in the narrative makes this audio production unique and at times very moving.
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  • Charles Axelrad
    January 1, 1970
    A really fun quick read, I feel it scratches that Harry Potter itch. I found it slightly predictable at times, so if you are very well-read you might find it a little too predictable. I highly recommend listening to this book as the musical accompaniment is very well done and, the music is clasical and recognizable. As I don't know most of these compositions and songs by name just telling me what they are playing isnt really helpful.
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  • Carmen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I’m so happy that I chose this book from the free selection of Audible! This was magical and fun! At first, I was skeptical since I don’t usually read middle aged book because of the childish writing or conversations but this one is just simply amazing. And let’s not forget the music along with it! The story is best read in audiobook format!
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  • Dell Hilton
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightful YA novel, brilliantly rendered by Audible. The narration, including music, is truly delightful, and the plot (though predictable in some places) keeps the reader engaged and rooting for the protagonist right to the end. And it kept me wishing for more!
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  • coolwind
    January 1, 1970
    A quite nice book, not only for kids, but also adults. Touching.
  • Mary Peyton
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    Super fun! This magical school story follows the format and themes for the sub-genre with aplomb, with just enough of it's own twists to give it a fresh uniqueness.
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    Cute little story and I enjoy this much more than I thought I would.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this one! So much fun and so much more than I expected. The description says “humor and heart” and this truly has it in spades.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun book. Definitely delightful and I absolutely love the world the author created!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    FANTASTIC!!!!!! This is my favorite listened to book of the year! Great job Audible <3
  • Jessica Huber
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the music score in the audiobook. It made the recording very special.
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