A Twist of Magic

This uplifting picture book is a young reader’s passport to an eye-opening adventure. Explore the World With a Twist of Magic, Anna’s world transforms. An unknown place. A mysterious food. An unfamiliar language. Will Anna and her sidekick, Bear, accept the kindness of a new friend and have the courage to discover where this adventure may lead? Perfect for read-aloud by loving parents, grandparents, and educators, this beautifully illustrated story has the transformative power to take us outside of our comfort zone. With a magical journey to a South American city, this book gives the gift of travel inviting readers to bravely discover the beauty of the world.

Meet Allison Ward

Allison Ward is a children’s author of the World Explorers series including recent release, A Twist of Magic, as well as other adventure stories for young kids. From her time spent flying helicopters to international diplomacy, Allison brings a wealth of rich experiences and perspectives to her readers. Through books, she shares inspiring stories of exploration that teach children to be brave, try new things, and treat everyone with respect. While she loved to explore all stretches of her imagination through writing, playing, and acting as a child, Allison still finds ways to keep her curiosity and the joy of discovery alive as an adult. She is a life-long learner and an advocate for well-rounded education through everything from books to travel. Allison incorporates world knowledge, adventure, and a touch of magic into each story to inspire readers to keep exploring. When she’s not trying street foods in Southeast Asia or hunting for treasures in the markets of the Middle East, she lives in South Carolina and is usually working on a new project or planning her next family adventure.

Parasites

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At the end of the universe, the very fabric of reality is beginning to contract, winding up to the Big Crunch. Alone and isolated on the planet Lyra, humans evolved late on a resource-poor world. Doomed to die out as food and minerals dwindle, a scientist makes a chance discovery allowing people and vehicles to travel through ‘thinnings’ – patches of space linking universes.

Kael and Alessia are explorers charting where the thinnings go and more importantly, bringing back valuable resources to Lyra, trying desperately to extend the lifespan of their home world. Alessia’s father, Ben, set out two years ago to uncover another species’ reference to a ‘solution’ to the big crunch problem – but never returned. A chance discovery leads Kael and Alessia to a clue, prompting another expedition to see if they can avoid the mistakes of the past and help to unravel the mystery.

Kael, Alessia and their gruff bodyguard Basteel retrace Ben’s steps, seeking closure for Alessia, a solution for Lyra and together begin a voyage through wild, weird and wonderful planets.