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Majestica (Hardcover)

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Jurassic Park meets Skandar and the Unicorn Thief in this page-turning middle grade fantasy adventure set at a nature preserve for magical beasts, where two girls find themselves on a wilderness expedition gone disastrously wrong.

Hattie Swift is a maid-in-training at Majestica, a resort and nature preserve where visitors come face-to-face with rare magical flora and fauna. She’s thrilled to be invited along on the park’s famous wilderness train excursion for the first time, but there’s a catch: She has to accompany Evelyn Ridgewell, the hotel owner’s haughty niece, who wants nothing to do with her.

Soon after embarking, Evelyn overhears a man who aims to hunt the park’s creatures for sport, and Hattie meets Jacob Threadborne, an apprentice magician sent by a foreign government on a top-secret mission. Then the magical fences keeping guests safe stop working, and the train breaks down in the most treacherous part of the jungle. Faced with poachers, man-eating trees, and a dragon on the loose, Hattie, Evelyn, and Jacob must stick together to figure out what’s gone wrong at Majestica . . . that is, if they want to make it out alive.

Features a richly illustrated map of the expansive nature preserve, as well as a bestiary with all the magical—and dangerous—creatures at Majestica.

About the Author

Sarah Tolcser is the author of two fantasy novels for teens, Song of the Current and Whisper of the Tide. She lives and writes in a 100-year-old house in New Orleans, and enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter @SarahTolcser.

Praise For…

Praise for Majestica:

* “Rich worldbuilding will draw readers into an immersive adventure . . . Tolcser combines themes of conservation and the repatriation of cultural artifacts with unexpected friendships to create a fast-paced fantasy. Caparo’s exquisite art adds to the magic . . . Charming characters abound in this tale that’s thoughtfully grounded in ethics." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Riveting . . . The marvelous magical menagerie and Victorian details feel terrifically fresh. There is danger, daring, and mounting mystery aplenty, but quiet moments of introspection give the suspenseful story room to breathe . . . An epic adventure sure to enthrall and inspire.” —Booklist

“A pulse-pounding adventure that examines themes of conservation, exploitation, and responsibility.” —Publishers Weekly

“An edge-of-your-seat fantastical tale filled with danger, secrets, and the most amazing creatures. Enjoy the ride . . . if you dare.” —Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds and The Forgotten Five series

“Adventure, mystery, and friendships blossoming under pressure—Majestica has all of it. The pages feel as packed with life as the park itself.” —Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593696545
ISBN-10: 0593696549
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English