The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers (Hardcover)

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This fast paced, action packed novel is full of fun and surprises. But that's not what I love about it. Mathew Kirby is specially gifted in writing amazing characters that you get to know, care about, and wish you could meet. It's why he's one if my favorite authors and he shines in this book like all his others. This story is about using your imagination to change reality and the consequences and dangers that go along with it. Watching how his characters handle this precarious situation was most fun of all. I have read all of Matthew Kirby's books and loved them all. This is no exception.

— From Patti H.


A magical crime saga filled with marvelous thrills, high action, and extraordinary adventure, from critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.

After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no regular science camp. Along with his new friend, Peter, Ben discovers the secret, powerful art of Actuation -- the ability to change reality by simply imagining it differently.

When a mysterious group of men invade Dr. Hughes's laboratory, abducting her and stealing her precious equipment, Ben and Peter are suddenly caught up in a turf war between dangerous actuators desperate for Dr. Hughes's innovative technology. And as Ben and Peter are pulled into a perilous, hidden world full of impossibilities now made possible, will their combined powers be enough to save Dr. Hughes and vanquish their enemies before it's too late?

From Edgar Award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby comes a fast-paced, boldly imagined tale of friendship, deadly adventure, and the infinite power of imagination.

About the Author

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels ICEFALL, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and THE CLOCKWORK THREE. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at

Praise For…

Praise for ICEFALL
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
Winner of the PEN Center Literary Award
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Selection
Winner of the Judy Lopez Memorial Award

"[A] taut, compelling mystery and survival story." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"[A] claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend."

"Elegant and exciting." --BOOKLIST

"A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read!"
--Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series

"Clear, lively, exciting, and unstoppable as the torrent of meltwater from a glacier, ICEFALL confirms Matthew Kirby as one of our finest new writers for young adults. Readers of any age may be enthralled by the bitter Nordic winter setting and the story of a girl who needs a lot of courage to discover who she is." --Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Cycle

"In this riveting historical fantasy . . . debut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

"[M]emorable characters, hearty action, and palpable atmospherics." --BOOKLIST

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545502269
ISBN-10: 0545502268
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: The Quantum League