Hatching Magic series

“J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider and Ann Downer‘s Hatching Magic are a few of the most widely read books around.” –The Washington Post

“Theodora, a wyvern enthusiast spending summer vacation with her nanny (while her zoologist dad is away), gets mixed up in ample madcap magic…the novel thrives on humor and cinematically vivid prose. Having honed her skills on the Spellkey trilogy, Downer [puts] a freshly bewitching spin on the Boston we thought we knew.”
The New York Times

Read the full review of Hatching Magic which appeared in the June 22, 2003 issue of The New York Times Book Review.

“The characters in this genial summer read are always intriguing, whether the courtly Wizard of Harvard Square, Iain Merlin O’Shea; Theodora’s housekeeper-with-a-past; or the wyvern herself, who develops a taste for chocolate at the Necco factory near MIT. The plot episodes flow with inventiveness and a playful sense of humor, and all comes together in the magical showdown at the climax, when Theodora finds her own wizardly inheritance-a discovery much more satisfying than any commercially packaged fantasy.”
The Horn Book

“A delightful book . . . clearly aimed at a younger audience, but there is enough substance to satisfy older fantasy readers looking for a lighthearted (but not lite) adventure.” —www.fables.org

Following a fast-paced prologue set in a British wizard academy, the scene shifts to modern-day Boston, where 12-year-old Theodora discovers that she is to accompany her father to Scotland, where he will examine a large, mysterious scale from an unknown creature. Based on her previous experience in Hatching Magic (2003), Theodora suspects a dragon. In the Hebrides, Theodora befriends a local boy, stumbles on mysterious clues, and begins to recognize, explore, and harness her latent but considerable magical powers. For all the story’s magical elements, the narrative remains emotionally grounded in Theodora’s sadness over the departure of her long-time nanny, who looked after the girl since her mother’s death. Smart, observant, and self-aware, Theodora makes a sympathetic character, convincing even in the most supernatural circumstances. Readers new to the series may not pick up every reference to the previous book, but they will soon find themselves swept up in Theodora’s story.”

-Carolyn Phelan, Booklist