Cover Illustration by Geneviève Godbout, Design by Aurora Parlagreco
Praise for The Tarnished Garden
*Chosen for A Mighty Girl's 2022 Summer Reading list for smart, courageous, and confident girls.
“A sweet tale spun around friendship, sisterly love, and dragon kittens.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"THE TARNISHED GARDEN is everything a person could want in a follow-up to a beloved story. This is a book to save forever and ever." - Kate Albus, Author of A Place to Hang the Moon
"Like its predecessor, The Gilded Girl, Alyssa Colman’s The Tarnished Garden is an absolute delight.Themes of social equity, found family, and finding your inner strength are all explored with care, tenderness, and love. This is a wonderful story for MG readers, and would make a great read aloud for librarians, teachers, and families alike." - Alysa Wishingrad, Author of The Verdigris Pawn
The Tarnished Garden
In this heartfelt, sparkling follow-up to The Gilded Girl, Maeve and Izzy O'Donnell must adjust to a new life together at the Manhattan School for Magic—but when Maeve's magic goes rogue and their school is in danger, they'll need to lean on one another to make things right.
The Manhattan School for Magic is the newest kindling school in New York, but Maeve O’Donnell knows she doesn't deserve her place there. Though her sister, Izzy, is one of the school's founders and a hero to those who can now kindle, Maeve can't control her magic and she lives in fear of anyone—especially Izzy—finding out.
When Maeve’s worst fears come true and her magic goes rogue, it damages not only the new school but Izzy’s reputation as well. While trying to repair what she’s broken, Maeve discovers a mysterious garden in the tenement neighborhood of the Tarnish, a hidden place where her magic actually works. As her magic and confidence grow, she befriends the others for whom the garden is a haven: a litter of talking kittens (house dragons, of course) who need Maeve’s help to find their missing mother. But someone else is searching for the kittens, too, someone who doesn’t care how many magical sites they have to destroy to stop magic’s expansion. And Maeve’s unstable magic might be the only way to save her sister’s school from being snuffed out next.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
On Sale: 04/05/2022
320 Pages, Ages 8-12