The Blue Mirror by Kathe KojaThe Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja

The Blue Mirror

byKathe Koja

Mass Market Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Bram Stoker Award and Locus Award winner Kathe Koja draws us into a haunting, passionate world of danger and self-discovery

Sixteen-year-old Maggy's life consists of trying to be invisible at school, taking care of her alcoholic mother, and spending all the time she can at the Blue Mirror, a downtown café. She can lose herself there for hours with a cappuccino and her sketchbook, in which she creates a paper world she calls "The Blue Mirror." But everything changes when she meets Cole, a charismatic runaway. Maggy is intrigued by Cole's risky life on the streets and by the girls who follow him, childlike Jouly and strange Marianne. And when Cole says that he loves her, Maggy comes alive. As Maggy becomes more entwined with Cole and she looks at him with all her heart, she sees something far more dangerous than she may be capable of handling.

* "Psychologically gripping."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A richly embroidered tale of abuse and control highlighted with shiny threads of magic and redemption."—Kirkus Reviews
Kathe Koja ( is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for adults, as well as a growing list of books for teenagers, among them Buddha Boy, Blue Mirror, and the multiple award-winning straydog. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
Title:The Blue MirrorFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.7 × 4.14 × 0.36 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142406937

ISBN - 13:9780142406939

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Editorial Reviews

* "Psychologically gripping . . . Teems with characters that possess the same kind of edgy, dangerous magic as Francesca Lia Block's creations, and, like Block, Koja explores the confusion between infatuation and real love—in all its cruelty and its redemptive powers."—Publishers Weekly, starred review"A richly embroidered tale of abuse and control highlighted with shiny threads of magic and redemption."—Kirkus Reviews"Mags is a plucky protagonist, and readers will appreciate the ingenuity she musters to address her problems. Fans of Carol Plum-Ucci's What Happened to Lani Garver and outsider themes will appreciate the gritty urban scenes and rhythmic language that give the book an almost surreal ambience"—School Library Journal"This interesting story of a teen on her journey to adulthood provides a taste of reality and illuminates the complex rather than simple choices that face teens daily."—Children's Literature"Koja writes with great artistry—her words sometimes work as brushes creating paintings; her prose is close to poetry . . . This is a brief and powerful story."—KLIATT