A Wizard’s Guide To Defensive Baking

  • Winner of the Andre Norton Nebula Award 2021
    Winner of the Lodestar Award 2021
    Winner of the Dragon Award for Best Young Adult Novel 2021
    Winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Best Children’s Novel 2021

    “…this is a story that operates on multiple levels, and all of them are excellent. If you are on the lookout for an excellent fantasy that will make you laugh AND make you think, A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking has the perfect recipe. ~ReadingReality.net
    “Whimsical and dark and imaginative and fantastic.” ~FantasyLiterature.com


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Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona’s life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona’s city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona’s worries…

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