Six impossible things

Thirteenth Child


Frontier Magic Book One

This is the first book of a trilogy narrated by Eff Rothmer, the “thirteenth child” of the title.

Scholastic Books
Published in 2009
Read a sample from Thirteenth Child.

Book One covers her childhood, from the age of five (when her parents move west to the edge of the expanding U.S. frontier) to shortly after her eighteenth birthday.

Growing up in Mill City, Eff is constantly aware of the settlers heading west to homestead the dangerous lands on the far side of the Mammoth River. For in her world, Columbus discovered a New World populated solely by dangerous wildlife, both natural and magical.

Only modern magic has made colonization possible, and while steam dragons, mammoths, spectral bears, saber-tooth cats, and other deadly animals have been cleared out of the eastern states, they are still a formidable obstacle in the unsettled territories of the West.

Eff and her siblings, like everyone else, learn traditional magic at school, but even with all Lan’s power behind it, traditional magic won’t be enough when new threats begin moving in from the unexplored regions of the Far West.

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