Monday, July 14

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic
Natalie Lloyd

My rating: ★★★★★

ISBN: 9780545552707
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of publication: February 25, 2014
Age: Grades 4 and up
Genre: Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

Themes: home, family, community, magic

Felicity Pickle, with her mom and sister, has never stayed in one place for very long. So when they pull into Midnight Gulch, Felicity is surprised to feel something different. It was once a very magical place with a community full of people with fantastical talents. But there was a feud between brothers that stamped out the magic. She soon discovers it is deeply involved with her own family's history. With her very first best friend, Jonah Pickle, Felicity sets out to erase the curse that has darkened this town's magic with her own special, fantastical talent.

I checked out this book from the library and I actually regret this fact. I wish that I had purchased it so that I could underline every other sentence. It is filled with insights and sentiments that were making me smile big with fat tears in my eyes. I LOVED it. That said, it is a mushy, slow-plot book written from the perspective of a sixth-grader that somehow has the poetic skills of a trained adult author; it is not realistic. But it is beautiful. Heartwarming. Splenderifous (just read the book). And that is why I give it my highest recommendation.

"Home isn't just a house or a city or a place; home is what happens when you're brave enough to love people" (p. 302)

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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