Coal Ash and Sparrows
by Michael Jasper
A story of a book, trains, boats, barns, heroes, and loss, along with impossible things like talking sparrows... and magic! The story takes place in the same setting as the Contagious Magic series, which starts with A Sudden Outbreak of Magic (all three books are also available as ebooks). "Coal Ash and Sparrows" also gives you a taste of the weird, tragic history of magic in those books.