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Alexander, Alma. Spellspam.

ALEXANDER, Alma. Spellspam. (Worldweavers, BookTwo.) HarperCollins. 448p. c2008. 978-0-06083958-1. $17.99, JS *

During Thea's first year at school, she discovered she could create other worlds using computers; she then saved human magic from extinction extinction, in biology, disappearance of species of living organisms. Extinction occurs as a result of changed conditions to which the species is not suited. . Now that she's a sophomore, she's hoping things will be quieter. Soon after she returns to the Wandless Academy, though, students start receiving spellspam, unsolicited un·so·lic·it·ed  
Not looked for or requested; unsought: an unsolicited manuscript; unsolicited opinions.

 emails whose promises aren't quite what they seem. As the e-mails become both more prolific and more virulent--causing students to turn partially invisible after promising them "clear skin," and transporting them to nightmarish places for "the trip of their dreams"--Thea begins to realize she may no longer be the only one who can create magic through computers, but she is the only one who can stop it. Alexander's second incarnation incarnation, the assumption of human form by a god, an idea common in religion. In early times the idea was expressed in the belief that certain living men, often kings or priests, were divine incarnations.  of Thea has matured pleasantly, while still retaining the stubbornness and quick thinking that made her such a captivating cap·ti·vate  
tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.

2. Archaic To capture.
 heroine in Gift of the Unmage. While Spellspam will not be understood easily by those who have not read the first book in the series--and while it too exhibits a break-the-rules conclusion that may seem a bit contrived con·trived  
Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored: a novel with a contrived ending.

 to savvy readers--it is still an incredibly enjoyable tale that blends reality, legend, and magic in one of the freshest fantasy narratives this year. Cara Chancellor, Hollywood, FL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

*--The asterisk (1) See Asterisk PBX.

(2) In programming, the asterisk or "star" symbol (*) means multiplication. For example, 10 * 7 means 10 multiplied by 7. The * is also a key on computer keypads for entering expressions using multiplication.
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Title Annotation:Worldweavers: Spellspam
Author:Chancellor, Cara
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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