Morrigan Crow is cursed. She, along with all the other children like her, is blamed for anything that goes wrong in Jackalfax. As if that’s not enough, cursed children are only expected to live for 12 years—and Morrigan is 11. When all hope seems lost, a letter arrives from a mysterious benefactor, inviting Morrigan to the Free State city of Nevermoor (Little, Brown, $17.99) to compete for a spot in the prestigious Wundrous Society. As Morrigan works through the four trials of the competition, she must unravel a darker puzzle to save Nevermoor itself. Jessica Townsend has created a bold voice in Morrigan Crow, and readers will look forward to meeting her again and again as they travel through this magical new series. Ages 9-12.