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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for The Mystwick School of Musicraft

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Amelia dreams of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft but after a calamitous audition her hopes are crushed. But all is not lost. Through a freak of fate she finds herself accepted although her room-mate despises her, her teacher knows she doesn't belong and even the ghosts want her out. The Mystwick School of Musicraft is not perfect, far from it. Apart from the central idea, which is the reason I bought the book, it's heavy in tropes and honestly in parts it borders on annoying. The good Amelia dreams of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft but after a calamitous audition her hopes are crushed. But all is not lost. Through a freak of fate she finds herself accepted although her room-mate despises her, her teacher knows she doesn't belong and even the ghosts want her out. The Mystwick School of Musicraft is not perfect, far from it. Apart from the central idea, which is the reason I bought the book, it's heavy in tropes and honestly in parts it borders on annoying. The good in the book is really good but it lacks direction. It's entertaining but I can't help but think a really good editor would have made this book great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trine

    I can't really say why I loved this story so much. It was by no means perfect, it did had its flaws, such as the messages about being true to yourself was hammered fairly heavy into your head, but still. Perhaps it was the audio version with its brilliant incoorporation of background music that made the experience of music and magic extra poignant. I kept listening whenever I had a free moment to hear which wonderful piece of music I would be treated to next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Reads

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    This Audible Original audiobook, free to subscribers, was a delight to listen to. It's set in a world where music literally is magic and at a school where this magic, called Musicraft, is taught. It's also going to be published as a print book and ebook, but I don't think it would be nearly as much fun without the music, which includes pieces by Pachelbel, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, and other composers. Suzy Jackson, as Amelia Jones, who is determined to be accepted into the school after a This Audible Original audiobook, free to subscribers, was a delight to listen to. It's set in a world where music literally is magic and at a school where this magic, called Musicraft, is taught. It's also going to be published as a print book and ebook, but I don't think it would be nearly as much fun without the music, which includes pieces by Pachelbel, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, and other composers. Suzy Jackson, as Amelia Jones, who is determined to be accepted into the school after a botched audition, is a wonderful narrator. Highly recommended to music lovers who also enjoy fantasy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Narilka

    Sometimes you find a gem with the monthly free titles from Audible. The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury is one of these gems. I went in expecting a musical Harry Potter and got so much more. The story is absolutely charming, told with a lot of heart and has a strong message about believing in yourself. Here's the official blurb: Amelia Jones has always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create musical magic. Sometimes you find a gem with the monthly free titles from Audible. The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury is one of these gems. I went in expecting a musical Harry Potter and got so much more. The story is absolutely charming, told with a lot of heart and has a strong message about believing in yourself. Here's the official blurb: Amelia Jones has always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create musical magic. Unfortunately, Amelia botches her audition and her dream comes crashing down—until the school agrees to give her a second chance. Amelia vows to do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. Initially it was hard not make Harry Potter comparisons. Thankfully Mystwick is vastly different from Hogwarts so my brain was able to stop comparing them fairly early on and I was able to absorb myself into this magical, musical world. Amelia is highly likeable and relatable. Her aspiration to attend Mystwick as a way to connect with her late mother definitely tugs at the heartstrings. She also has some growing to do, as both a musician and a person, and I think people of all ages will be able to identify with Amelia's feelings of inadequacy and self doubt as she learns to believe in herself. There is a fun cast of supporting characters, especially Jai Kapoor, with plenty of entertaining magical hi-jinks and mischief for the kids to get into. I listened to the audio book narrated by Suzy Jackson and with musical performances by the NJSO Youth Orchestra. The music blends seamlessly in with the story making for a unique and magical listening experience. There were times I rewound the audio just so I could listen to the musical portion a second time. I highly recommend it! Here's hoping that there will eventually be a sequel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janne Janssens

    To be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy The Mystwick School of Musicraft so much. It has been years since I read a book for such a young audience. However, this was a fun and light read! The story was full of magic and I loved hearing the music the Mystwick students playing in the background. Suzy Jackson is easily the best narrator I have ever listened to. She gave every character each their own voice and accent without sounding weird.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    What a beautiful surprise. RTC

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah E.

    A redhead playing a flute (correctly) on the front cover? SIGN ME UP.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    [3.5 Stars] Woah, this was certainly a fun ride! It's been a long time since I have read a novel by Jessica Khoury, so I'm happy to say this one was just as entertaining as her other book I've read. I really loved the musical elements. I've seen some people comment on its accuracy which I like to see. I am very musically-inept, so I can't personally comment on that. But it seems like Khoury really did her homework and brought in a lot of accuracy with how she described music and different [3.5 Stars] Woah, this was certainly a fun ride! It's been a long time since I have read a novel by Jessica Khoury, so I'm happy to say this one was just as entertaining as her other book I've read. I really loved the musical elements. I've seen some people comment on its accuracy which I like to see. I am very musically-inept, so I can't personally comment on that. But it seems like Khoury really did her homework and brought in a lot of accuracy with how she described music and different musical pieces. The audiobook is THE way to experience this story. I loved all the music played by the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra and other musicians during the narration. It really added so much, and for me, being musically-ignorant, it helped me appreciate all the music included even more. The only thing that was weird is for the actual narration. The accents of non-American characters are inconsistent. Australian is especially cringey, but honestly, I can't even attempt to replicate an Australian accent. But even accents from the UK are hit and miss though. If a character has an accent, I'd like it to consistently be there. I enjoyed seeing Amelia experience everything and grow so much during the course of this story. She really goes through it, and comes out having learned a lot about herself and about what she wants. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well even though I wish we had been able to get some more depth from them. I wonder if this is actually a standalone or not because this could easily be expanded into a series. It would make sense for the secondary characters to grow more over the course of the story, and I would definitely be here for it. I'd love to continue to read about this world. I've seen people call this a musical version of Harry Potter, but I don't fully agree with that. If you take a high level of abstraction, sure. It's a young kid going to a magic school, but that's about it. I don't want to get into spoilers, so I won't. But Amelia and her story stands on its own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    This was so freaking cute! I don't know how accurate all of the information about instruments and music was but having a Hogwarts where you cast spells by playing music is the most pure thing ever! The characters, ghost mystery and magic was so much fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hartz

    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. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aina

    2nd reading Gave this 4 starts but the second time was even better so I gave it 5 stars this time. Btw Chapter 28 is just Chef's Kiss 1st read This was fantastic!? I had such much fun listening to this it was a really great experience, this book was definitely written to be listened. The narrator's voice was mesmerising and it made the experience even more enjoyable! The Rock parts were my fave. I really liked the characters, and there's some nice representation too!? I'm so glad this was my fist 2nd reading Gave this 4 starts but the second time was even better so I gave it 5 stars this time. Btw Chapter 28 is just Chef's Kiss 1st read This was fantastic!? I had such much fun listening to this it was a really great experience, this book was definitely written to be listened. The narrator's voice was mesmerising and it made the experience even more enjoyable! The Rock parts were my fave. I really liked the characters, and there's some nice representation too!? I'm so glad this was my fist audiobook bc I've got the feeling I'm gonna want to reread this soon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)

    Yes five stars! The only way I could like this book more, no wait change that, The only ways I could like this book more would be: 1. if it were longer 2. If it had a sequel. Let me get this out of the way first. When you read this book (notice I did not say if?) I highly recommend you listen to it via Audible. Not only is the narrator exceptional but the production of this is exceptional. As you can see from the title this book has to do with music. If you are simply reading the book guess what Yes five stars! The only way I could like this book more, no wait change that, The only ways I could like this book more would be: 1. if it were longer 2. If it had a sequel. Let me get this out of the way first. When you read this book (notice I did not say if?) I highly recommend you listen to it via Audible. Not only is the narrator exceptional but the production of this is exceptional. As you can see from the title this book has to do with music. If you are simply reading the book guess what you don't get? The music! If you however listen to this wonderful book via Audible you get music! There is nothing like woodwind music, in my humble opinion. Don't worry it's not the kind of audiobook that has music in the background and you can't even hear the narrator. No! It's a snippet of music that does not drown out any reading. This could partially be because our protagonist cannot talk and play the flute at the same time. Bingo! (when the music is longer it still does not drown out any narration). OK now on to the story. Imagine if you will a lighter version of Harry Potter. A shorter version of Harry Potter. A version of Harry Potter where the spells are not words but music. You pretty much have this book. And if you say to me that you do not like Harry Potter (why???) I say to you I bet you will still love this book as much as me! Remember it is lighter. It is a fluffier version of Harry Potter. And for diehard Harry Potter fans trust me. This is the book you are looking for. After all, there will never be another Harry Potter. But similar? Heck yes! And like all the middle grade books I've read this one also has important lessons for the reader. In a nutshell don't doubt yourself Harry, err, I mean Amelia Jones. Amelia Jones is the perfect protagonist. The opening scene, which has our protagonist dealing with a runaway chicken is perfection. You learn so much about her in the opening. And you continue to learn about her, watching her character strengthen throughout the remainder of the book. I really really hope there will be sequels. I would love to see her grow up. I would love to know what happens to her as a teenager. What happens to her when she graduates...Etc. I am fully vested in this character! She has great spunk! I admire her as much as I do Tiffany Aching in the Terry Pratchett Discworld series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maria Elmvang

    This is definitely a book that gains hugely from being "read" as an audiobook. The inclusion of music in every chapter is awesome and made for a totally different (and more immersive) reading experience... even if listening to the music did sometimes cause me to forget all about listening to the actual words! No matter - worth it :-D It started out being very Harry Potter'ish, but fortunately quickly changed tracks completely with Mystwick being very different from Hogwarts. I do wish we could This is definitely a book that gains hugely from being "read" as an audiobook. The inclusion of music in every chapter is awesome and made for a totally different (and more immersive) reading experience... even if listening to the music did sometimes cause me to forget all about listening to the actual words! No matter - worth it :-D It started out being very Harry Potter'ish, but fortunately quickly changed tracks completely with Mystwick being very different from Hogwarts. I do wish we could have heard more about the Musicraft classes themselves though, as I always find that fascinating. I mostly loved the story... it was charming and fun and though obviously written for children/YA still definitely appealing for adults as well. My one complaint about it - and the main reason I subtracted a star - is the same issue I have with so many books in this genre: Kids who have really serious concerns about something BUT NEVER TALK TO AN ADULT ABOUT IT!!!! I guess it could be argued that Amelia didn't really have any cause to trust the teachers... but still. Ah well, the rest was absolutely delightful, and for once I actually really HOPE it will end up being a series, rather than just a stand-alone novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ferguson

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This gave me Nevermoor vibes, but the magic reminded me of Pocket Full of Murder and those two are two of my favorite middle grades. The narrator did a really good job and I liked the orchestra that they added. It was a very nice touch to the overall feel of the book. It did get a bit corny in some parts, mainly at the end, but it is a kid's book so I'll forgive it for not having some complex plot/answer to the mystery. Overall I really liked this and I loved the music magic and the characters. This gave me Nevermoor vibes, but the magic reminded me of Pocket Full of Murder and those two are two of my favorite middle grades. The narrator did a really good job and I liked the orchestra that they added. It was a very nice touch to the overall feel of the book. It did get a bit corny in some parts, mainly at the end, but it is a kid's book so I'll forgive it for not having some complex plot/answer to the mystery. Overall I really liked this and I loved the music magic and the characters. If you like Pocket Full of Murder or Nevermoor, you should definitely give this one a try!

  18. 5 out of 5

    M. Lauritano

    This was a free (with subscription) audible original and being a frequent reader of middle grade, I picked it without much expectation. I ended up being pleasantly surprised! In many ways, ‘Mystwick’ is a kind of an assembly line product, combining elements mostly from Harry Potter, with dashes that feel reminiscent of Kiki’s Delivery Service or Charlie and the Chocolate factory. This universe operates with magic that springs from live performances of music, known as musiccraft. The world This was a free (with subscription) audible original and being a frequent reader of middle grade, I picked it without much expectation. I ended up being pleasantly surprised! In many ways, ‘Mystwick’ is a kind of an assembly line product, combining elements mostly from Harry Potter, with dashes that feel reminiscent of Kiki’s Delivery Service or Charlie and the Chocolate factory. This universe operates with magic that springs from live performances of music, known as musiccraft. The world building is a bit iffy, being set in the modern day with things like normal cars and jazz powered trains existing simultaneously. Various maestros do things like cure cancer or save the titanic. Badly performed or unfinished spells/songs can do so much damage that it’s surprising all this isn’t more regulated somehow. Weirdly, very few genres of music outside of classical and rock are ever mentioned, which definitely dates the material a bit. I mean, some unspecific references to pop or rap wouldn’t have hurt, would they? All that said, my inner middle school band nerd was definitely feeling this one. The elements that feel like they are written from a place of familiarity are the pressures around performing and auditioning, being someone who is merely talented surrounded by prodigies, and the way it feels to perform music in a group. These moments are definitely important to the story, so they make up for a lot. What really pushes this to four stars is the outstanding audiobook. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to one that incorporated music better or perhaps actually needed it than here. Some little solo tunes don’t add that much to the narrative. But there are two moments, a sort of school initiation and later, the climax of the book, that were especially moving and transporting in a way that really made me forget about Harry Potter tropes if only for a moment. Having been raised on a lot of classical music, I feel pretty confident that if I had read this as a child, I would have loved it without reservation. Hopefully, it does well enough for a sequel that begins to outgrow its influences!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Clark

    Attention Harry Potter fans! You will enjoy this YA book which is similar but no copycat of JK Rowling. Amelia’s character is adorable. You will love her journey in this musical, witchcraft school. The narration and musicality throughout the book is superb. I subtracted one star due to a little chaos and rush in the book. Otherwise it was fantastic making me want to re-read the HP series again. Definitely worth a listen!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Lizzy)

    This audiobook took me by surprise. It was really good. I absolutely loved the narration and the music.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shawnta Dodson

    This book was super cute. I normally HATE audiobooks with music in them. This one was well done and I enjoyed the music. It was played by the NJSO Youth Orchestras and was very well integrated to the story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Some books are meant to be read out loud; others are meant to be full blown audio performance. This book definitely belongs to the full blown performance category.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ingun

    This book has a giant teleporting church organ and music equals magic. I want to go to Mystwick.

  24. 5 out of 5

    MIA

    I loved this book! The whole production with the music and sound effects made is such a treat to listen to!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Great choice for 4th-8th grade readers who love magic and music! The world created by Jessica Khoury is filled with musicians who play instruments in order to accomplish everyday tasks or to perform mightier acts such as controlling the weather or levitating and propelling huge dirigibles. Amelia is born to parents with the ability to create magic with their music and it has been her lifelong desire to follow in the footsteps of her flute-playing mother and attend Mystic School of Musicraft. It Great choice for 4th-8th grade readers who love magic and music! The world created by Jessica Khoury is filled with musicians who play instruments in order to accomplish everyday tasks or to perform mightier acts such as controlling the weather or levitating and propelling huge dirigibles. Amelia is born to parents with the ability to create magic with their music and it has been her lifelong desire to follow in the footsteps of her flute-playing mother and attend Mystic School of Musicraft. It is only due to an odd mixup that she is invited to join the elite student body and from the beginning, she feels out of place among musicians who are clearly more skilled than she is. It doesn't help that her roommate hates her and a ghost is trying to further sabotage her future at the school. Khoury's descriptions of the musical magic will leave readers with a clear picture, and maybe even sound, of just how these feats are accomplished. Her lead characters, insecure Amelia, confident Jai, grieving and angry Darby, are both likable and relatable and have so much more to their stories that future installments are definitely possible. Critics who fear that this book is simply an effort to capitalize on the success of Harry Potter should not worry; Mystwick is a school for young magicians, but it nothing like Hogwarts and Amelia is not a copycat Harry. Strongly recommended for middle grade readers of fantasy with no need to worry about profanity or sexual content, and any violence in this one is strictly limited to tornadoes and maybe hovering humfrogs. To comment on several criticisms in other reviews: 1) Amelia does worry about her standing among the other students and does feel insecure, but the voice she uses when expressing her self-doubt seems very much like many seventh graders I know. All three main characters learn a great deal about being confident in their own feelings and abilities. 2) A professional review source mourned Khoury's failure to clearly identify the race of the characters as a missed opportunity. My students tend to fill in their own ideas when authors are vague which, in my mind, is a very good thing and usually means that there will be a lot of characters that will look like the reader.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iliyana

    OH MY GOSH! I’m not trying to be dramatic or anything butttttt I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND IT’S THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ! Don’t fret, it’s not a replica of Harry Potter, but it is just as amazing. It has everything that you’d want in a story, but you’ll have to read to find out. I’m sad I finished the book already. I need 100 more please! OH MY GOSH! I’m not trying to be dramatic or anything butttttt I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND IT’S THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ! Don’t fret, it’s not a replica of Harry Potter, but it is just as amazing. It has everything that you’d want in a story, but you’ll have to read to find out. 😭I’m sad I finished the book already. I need 100 more please!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I wasn't really sure what to expect but thought I would check it out since it was free. I found that it was really quite entertaining and I didn't want to stop listening. This is more of a younger person's type book and I am in my 30s. It is probably perfect for middle school aged since the main character is in 7th grade, but I think this is one where adults will also enjoy the story. There is a lot of believing in yourself and such underlying messages so it is a feel good book too. Obviously I wasn't really sure what to expect but thought I would check it out since it was free. I found that it was really quite entertaining and I didn't want to stop listening. This is more of a younger person's type book and I am in my 30s. It is probably perfect for middle school aged since the main character is in 7th grade, but I think this is one where adults will also enjoy the story. There is a lot of believing in yourself and such underlying messages so it is a feel good book too. Obviously this is totally clean and G rated. No adult activities or adult language. I'm not usually big on sound effects in my audiobooks but I thought this was wonderful the way that the songs being discussed were actually played in the background. It was a lot of fun. I recommend The Mystwick School of Musicraft to adults and kids alike. If more of these books are made, I will listen to those too!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    So delightful! Music makes magic, and children learn important lessons about life and loss, and how to look within oneself to overcome their struggles (to "listen to the music within"). It has a Harry Potter feel to it, so fans of HP will appreciate the story, but Khoury has created her own unique world that is inviting and exciting. I think it's an excellent book to share with any young musical enthusiast in your life. The Audible addition is beautifully done, with music accompaniment provided So delightful! Music makes magic, and children learn important lessons about life and loss, and how to look within oneself to overcome their struggles (to "listen to the music within"). It has a Harry Potter feel to it, so fans of HP will appreciate the story, but Khoury has created her own unique world that is inviting and exciting. I think it's an excellent book to share with any young musical enthusiast in your life. The Audible addition is beautifully done, with music accompaniment provided by members of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, which adds a sweet touch to the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krista Shilvock

    Highly recommend! Especially as an audiobook; it's the coolest audiobook I've ever read. While this is for more middle aged kids, much like Harry Potter, every age can enjoy this. A really inventive idea, I loved this plot so much, and it's inspired me to get back into playing music again! Music, magic, mystery, girl power, all things a true book and music nerd will love. The audiobook version has the music mentioned in the book playing in the background by a youth symphony orchestra. I'm hoping Highly recommend! Especially as an audiobook; it's the coolest audiobook I've ever read. While this is for more middle aged kids, much like Harry Potter, every age can enjoy this. A really inventive idea, I loved this plot so much, and it's inspired me to get back into playing music again! Music, magic, mystery, girl power, all things a true book and music nerd will love. The audiobook version has the music mentioned in the book playing in the background by a youth symphony orchestra. I'm hoping for a sequel!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crew

    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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