A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.
Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school's magic club—to see him through to graduation.
But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.
With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart—and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix.
Andrew Eliopulos is a children’s book writer and editor. Originally from Georgia, Andrew graduated from the University of Chicago and now lives with his husband in Brooklyn, New York. His debut novel, The Spider Ring, was a CBC Children’s Choices Reading List Pick and a Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee. Andrew may or may not believe in magic. www.andreweliopulos.com
“The Fascinators is a potent brew of magic, romance, betrayal, and the transformative power of friendship—bewitching!” — Elana K. Arnold, Printz Honor-winning author of Damsel
"The Fascinators is a fascinating exploration of the places where magic intersects with love and friendship, bringing some together while pulling others apart. You won't be able to stop turning the pages of this book once its powerful spell takes hold." — Christopher Barzak, author of Wonders of the Invisible World
"A magical exploration of queer and religious themes." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of what might be called magic-magical realism will find this a compelling read." — Booklist
"Part paranormal thriller, part introspective character study, this title challenges readers to accept themselves, build empathy, and stand strong in the power of personal beliefs. An #OwnVoices title for fans of Becky Albertalli." — School Library Journal
"Eliopulos, making his YA debut, crafts a world in which magic is part of everyday life, but the narrative follows a more realistic journey as his main characters navigate friendship, first loves, and heartbreaks, all in witty banter... Eliopulos excels with interpersonal relationships, building out the complexities of childhood friends on the precipice of adulthood." — Publishers Weekly