The Undoing

by Jennifer Sommersby

On Sale: 03/31/2020

About the Book

The most dangerous magic must be destroyed

Genevieve Flannery’s family inheritance is both an invaluable gift and an unspeakable curse: Genevieve is one of the heirs of the Avrakedavra, a trio of ancient texts capable of preserving everlasting life–or eroding it completely. Burdened with the power of untold magic and tormented by those who would seek to exploit it, Genevieve knows that the three Avrakedavra texts must be destroyed.

If only the road ahead were easy. Genevieve is grateful to have her fellow heir, the irresistible Henry, by her side, but when the father she never knew she had becomes their guide, all bets are off. Together, this new team must rely on unexpected allies as they embark on a harrowing global search to acquire the pieces necessary to destroy this ancient magic and complete the Undoing.

But loyalties among the magical community are fragile. Genevieve, grieving the loss of her mother, struggles to control her new Avrakedavra-bestowed gifts, and with mounting threats to her psyche and body, she clings mightily to the promise of a brighter future once this quest is over—if she can survive it. And Henry, broken by his father’s treachery but entranced by the heartwarming connection his family’s text has granted him, grapples with the fact that once they succeed in destroying the books, he’ll lose the only family he has left.

Forced to question all that they hold dear, the young heirs must remember Genevieve’s mother’s greatest lesson: the key to good is found in truth.

Critical Praise

"A taut, dangerous adventure with a romance worth rooting for, The Undoing is a satisfying conclusion to Sleight. Genevieve Flannery is a tough hero whose magic comes with a high price—but that price must be paid in order to save everyone she loves." — Margaret Dilloway, author of the Momotaro series and Summer of a Thousand Pies

"Sommersby weaves her own spell on the reader, creating a compulsive page-turner that will provide readers the chance to be back immersed in the magic of Sleight.” — Eileen Cook, author of With Malice

A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book for Kids & Teens, Fall 2018For Sleight

An Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honorable Mention Book for Young Adults, 2019For Sleight

“Jennifer Sommersby’s Sleight makes magic from an enthralling premise, wonderfully-drawn characters, and beautiful words. It’s hard to avoid descriptors like entrancing, spell-binding and mystical.” — Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series, on Sleight

“This absolutely thrilling novel has everything a good book needs, with lots of mystery, adventure, magic and evil, and even a twinge of romance.” — Canadian Children’s Book News, on Sleight

“Genevieve’s grief is profound . . . necessary fuel for the scary, magical quest that she must undertake.” — The Globe and Mail, on Sleight

“Exciting and engaging . . . readers will definitely look forward to the next volume.” — Resource Links, on Sleight


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443418904
  • ISBN 10: 1443418900
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 03/31/2020
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General

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