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HarperCollins, Jan 8, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 368 pages
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In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn–riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trodden paths.

But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest. And soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers that life beyond—and even within—the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.

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User Review  - foggidawn - LibraryThing

When Jinx is taken into the Urwald to be abandoned by his stepfather, he knows he will soon die. After all, nobody steps off the path in the Urwald and lives for long, not with the witches and wizards ... Read full review

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User Review  - josephumana - LibraryThing

Jinx is a wonderful story about a boy who is discarded by a family who sees him as a thorn in their side and less of a person. This unfortunately is a realistic concept as many children feel left out ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Sage Blackwood lives at the edge of a large forest, with thousands of books and a very old dog, and enjoys carpentry, cooking, and walking in the woods of New York State.

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