“The Revenge of Magic” by James Riley

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In Conversation with James Riley, the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time and Story Thieves Series

Happy Thursday everyone! Thank you for joining us on this edition of the iTunes # 1 Kids & family podcast Reading With Your Kids

We have a very special show for you today. Reading with Your Kids is ELATED to bring to you the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time and Story Thieves series, as well as many books too unwritten to count.  Please welcome middle-grade author James Riley on the show!

When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each buried with a book of magic, only children can unlock the dangerous power of the books in this start to a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!

Grab your cup of coffee and be prepared to get inspired!


About James Riley

James RileyJames Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time and Story Thieves series, as well as many books too unwritten to count. He’s met thousands of imaginary people, most of whom are more polite than you’d think, but less interesting than you’d hope. He doesn’t believe fairy tales actually happened, mostly because he’s never had tiny elves do his work for him at night, despite them promising several times.

James currently lives outside Washington, DC, but it’s not like he’s special that way … so do a lot of other people.

Where can you find James Riley on the internet?



More about “The Revenge of Magic”

Revenge MagicThirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.

Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.

But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!

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In this episode, we discover

  • Introduction to James Riley and what attracted him to write for middle graders?
  • What is it about this audience that James enjoys writing for?
  • Each of James’s books offers kids solid ways to follow through and be inspired. Are there more books in The Revenge of Magic series in the pipeline?
  • Exclusive sneak peek into some of the other nonfiction picture books written by her, upcoming projects and more …Tune in now to learn more!


A big thank you to James Riley for joining us and for sharing his books & his passion with us!


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