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The Secrets of Jin-Shei 1

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Alma Alexander

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Deck July 31st, 2008 12:14 AM PST

Alma Alexander, perhaps best known for her Secrets of Jin-shei, has written an exciting Young Adult series, WorldWeavers. Reviewers have compared it to Harry Potter, but it's as American as Harry is British. The books feature Thea Winthrop and it embraces American culture, and Native American myths, from Grandmother Spider Coyote the Trickster.

The second book, Spellspam, features spam that carries magic spells that can cause you to babble in strange languages or turn your skin transparent. Thea and her friends are faced with a dangerous dark mage, and Thea is forced to make a bitter choice to save the world.

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Alma Alexander was born in Yugoslavia on the shores of the River Danube, grew up in Africa, went to school in England, and lives in New Zealand before moving to the United States where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her books have been published in 13 languages around the world.

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