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Black Heart (Curse Workers


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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), the Modern Faerie Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at


In this third installment of Black's popular series, 17-year-old Cassel Sharpe is a Curse Worker who can transform anyone and anything into another object-and in a world where magic is outlawed that makes him a wanted man. No matter how hard he tries to be normal, circumstances get in the way-even the object of his affection, Lila, is the daughter of the mob boss holding Cassel's mother hostage. And with the government out to harness his powers for evil, Cassel's life is about to get even more complicated. This audio edition benefits from the talents of narrator Jesse Eisenberg, whose youthful sounding voice and fast-paced delivery perfectly reflect the young protagonist whose self-confidence is developing in his very unstable world. Eisenberg-who narrated the two previous volumes in the series-delivers a strong performance that will captivate listeners and satisfy Curse Workers fans. Ages 12-up. A Gollancz paperback. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

""Black Heart", the most accomplished in an incredibly accomplished series, continues to raise the stakes even higher. . . . As in the previous novels, Black toys with the reader, but to complain would be a sin. The truth is, "Black Heart" is essentially a perfect book."--"Locus" (Gwenda Bond)
"Fast-paced action, multifaceted characters, and an interesting paranormal world will keep readers hooked."--"VOYA"
"To be sure, knowledge of the first two books is absolutely crucial to the enjoyment of this one but fans of the series will be thrilled by this richly developed tale. . . ."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
* "The conclusion to Black's brilliant and unusual Curse Workers trilogy lives up to its predecessors. . . . The perfect end to this gem of a trilogy. If you haven't discovered this series yet, get going; if you're already a fan, why are you even reading this review?" --"Kirkus Reviews, *"STAR
"The smashing ending to Holly Black's Curse Workers trilogy will keep readers guessing to the final page."--"Shelf Awareness"
"This book doesn't stand alone, but is a welcome addition to the series."--"School Library Journal"
"This latest installment from best-selling author Black is sure to be on readers' radars."--"Booklist"

Gr 9 Up-Cassel Sharpe's world is filled with intrigue. Things are rarely what they seem, but not because of magic. The teenager can transform any object, or person, into something else. Cassel wants to finish his senior year at Wallingford Prep while trying to find way to leave his con artist legacy behind. Unfortunately, he discovers that there's little difference between working for the Feds (with their "Licensed Minority Division," the only legal way for curse workers to use their powers) and working for Zacharov's mobsters. Cassel's love for Lila Zacharov seems doomed when he signs up with the government and Lila with her crime family. Both organizations want him to use his rare power of transformation to get rid of a powerful politician. Cassel comes up with a way to resolve his problems, stay true to himself, and benefit his family as well as all curse workers. Jesse Eisenberg convincingly voices Cassel's first person narrative in the final book (S&S/Margaret McElderry Bks., 2012) in Holly Black's trilogy. There's lots of violence, blood, angst, sexual tension, and political intrigue in Cassel's familiar but alternate society. All loose ends and subplots are tied up in the satisfying, effectively paced conclusion.-Maria Salvadore, formerly Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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