I'm trying to remember the book I read when I was younger it's about a boy or boys in a world in which if you go on computers it's bad for magic?

There was also something about saving a tree from being poisoned in its roots?

  • Do you have any idea about when there book was released? We can't figure out from what you've asked add no one here know how old you are! :-P
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 8:31
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    This reminds me of Spellfall.
    – Mithical
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 9:08
  • Sounds like one of the Shadowrun books maybe. I won't claim to have read every single one but I have read many of them and I don't recall one with children. Still, it's a possibility
    – Broklynite
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 11:44
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    I think Spellfall is it thank you! Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 17:33
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    @CalebAnderson Don't forget to come back and click the ckeckmark on Mithrandir's answer so that this question is marked as solved :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 11:29

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Spellfall, by Katherine Roberts


An exciting tale of kidnap and sorcery spanning two worlds in which 12-year-old Natalie discovers her mother was a powerful Spellmage, her father is a Thrall who sells spells, and her sulky stepbrother isn’t quite that bad after all. Can Natalie and the kidnapper’s son, Merlin, save the soultrees of Earthaven from being poisoned? They have until Halloween, when the boundary between worlds opens, allowing unicorns and magehounds to join the battle against a very modern evil.

Computers are bad for magic:

Apart from Claudia, who used to be some kind of scientist before his father found her and brought her to the lodge, all the spellclave were wary of his computer - technology was supposed to interfere with Spellmage powers.

The poisoning of the tree:

Legs braced and sweat streaming down their faces, four men wearing gloves like Lord Hawk's dragged the writhing tendrils out of the earth and streched the root between them while Lord Hawk used his stick to scrape off a patch of Oq's protective fur. He carefully dripped black liquid from the canister on to the exposed soultree flesh. Steam hissed out of the trench, along with the sickly smell of rotting fruit.

The boy that you remember is probably Merlin, one of the main characters, or Natalie's brother (who's name escapes me at the moment), who can also be considered one of the main characters.

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