Dhonielle Clayton


DHONIELLE CLAYTON is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Marvellers, The Belles series, Shattered Midnight: The Mirror series, the co-author of Blackout, Whiteout, and the co-author of The Rumor Game and the Tiny Pretty Things duology (now a Netflix original series).

She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and owner of Cake Creative, a creative story kitchen and IP content company. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. Find her on social media: @brownbookworm (Twitter and Instagram).



Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky—an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!

“The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world.”—Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling-author

“Listeners will enjoy this fresh take on a new fantastical world in which kids play an active role in determining the future of society.”—AudioFile on The Marvellers

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts, like brewing Indian spice elixirs and bartering with pesky Irish pixies.

Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy—some Marvellers mistrust her magic, which they deem “bad and unnatural.” But eventually, she finds friends in elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur, and fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, a boy with a fondness for magical creatures.

When a dangerous criminal known as the Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror’s aid, tensions grow in the Marvellian world and Ella becomes the target of suspicion. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her mentor before it’s too late.

Dhonielle Clayton - Cover - The Marvellers