Fans of iconic writer M.A. Larson have even greater reason to celebrate the approaching summer with news that his latest novel, ‘The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy’, will be hitting shelves June 14. The highly-anticipated sequel to ‘Pennyroyal Academy’ promises middle-grade readers one of the most intriguing and action-packed novels of the year, all crafted with Larson’s signature charm and masterful writing.
Hailed as a “breathtakingly exciting novel” by the New York Times, the success of the original ‘Pennyroyal Academy’ comes as no surprise to those familiar with Larson’s work and his role as one of the industry’s most talented writers of both film and television. Having written for acclaimed series such as ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’, ‘My Gym Partner’s a Monkey’, ‘Kick Buttowski’, ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ and more, Larson has mastered the ability to cater to a younger audience while maintaining the quality and craftsmanship of mature screenwriting.
One of the most inspiring qualities of the series is Larson’s approach to the female characters and their portrayal as strong individuals and not merely the “damsel in distress”. It is a refreshing take on the classic fairy tale and one that does not define itself as either feminine or masculine, but simply as a highly entertaining adventure for all readers. The main character, Evie, is both complex and empathetic; a girl striving to define herself not by her heritage or legacy, but by her instincts and her faith in her own abilities.
It is this unique quality that saw ‘Pennyroyal Academy’ gain both audience and critical acclaim, and left fans eager to see more of the beloved world and its admirable and feisty literary princess. With only a few short weeks until the release of ‘The Shadow Cadets’, the wait is finally almost over, with fans already able to preorder a copy of the novel and secure their place as one of the first to uncover the secrets of this all-new adventure.
Here is the official synopsis of the novel:
A triumphant victory over the witches has proven that Princess Cadet Evie really does belong at Pennyroyal Academy. News of her heroism has traveled far and wide—inspiring a kingdom of grateful citizens and, when the new term starts, a wave of fresh Academy recruits.
While it’s good to be returning to the Academy as a second-class Cadet, things are not as they should be. Evie witnesses the vicious attack of an innocent woman—by a trio of princesses. Pennyroyal’s Headmistress General, Princess Beatrice, is dubious about what Evie saw—princesses are enforcers of truth and justice, not thugs. But Evie isn’t so sure. Then, amidst piles of fan mail, she finds a letter with an ominous threat. A secret society has come out of the shadows with a wicked plan, putting the Academy in peril. It’s up to Evie and her friends to unravel the devious plot and save Pennyroyal Academy.
‘The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy’ will be released June 14, 2016 in hardback, digital, and audio form, and is currently available to preorder at penguinrandomhouse.com and amazon.com. The prequel, 'Pennyroyal Academy' can also be purchased via penguin and amazon.