A Breath of Mischief

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Sourcebooks Young Readers
Release Date: April 4, 2023
Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook
Middle Grade Fantasy

From the acclaimed author of Shadow Weaver comes a new fantasy adventure brimming with danger and magic that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.

Aria is raised by the Wind. She grew up in a castle, floating among the clouds with creatures of the air. She spends her days racing and soaring through the sky with her best friend, Gwyn, a young gryphling. At night, she falls asleep to the music of the Wind.

One morning, Aria is woken by a frantic Gwyn. The chimes are silent, there is not a breath of breeze, and their castle has settled on the ground. The Wind has vanished.

Aria and Gwyn go on a desperate search only to discover the Wind is being held captive by a sinister alchemist named Worton. To free the Wind, Aria and Gwyn must complete a series of trials to find and retrieve three magical talismans for Worton.

Nothing will keep Aria from rescuing the element who raised her—not a riddle, not a quest, not a race against time. Except Worton can’t be trusted, and it’s not just the Wind that needs saving…


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Praise for A Breath of Mischief

A Breath of Mischief breezes in with elemental magic, mythical creatures, and lyrical prose reminiscent of classic fairytales. In this enchanting fantasy adventure, MarcyKate Connolly weaves a whirlwind of a story about Aria, Gwyn, and their quest to rescue the Wind.”

Monica Tesler

Author of the Bounders series

This hero's-journey-style story […] is a total page-turner and a fresh perspective in the world of fantasy.”


"A snappy pace and exuberant tone keep the pages turning."


“For fans of Hayao Miyazaki, this straightforwardly plotted, elementally anchored adventure quest from Connolly (the Hollow Dolls duology) couples cloud turrets and terrestrial wonder with a memorable tone and an ecologically aware narrative."

Publishers Weekly

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