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A Snicker of Magic

Lloyd, Natalie

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Snicker of Magic
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The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scholastic Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545552707
0545552702
Branch Call Number: j LLOYD 2014
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,22 cm

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The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back. RL 4.7

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away.


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Jul 05, 2014
  • violet_dolphin_211 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 10, 2014
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Oct 01, 2014
  • BD_EN_Kids rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A very sweet story for those who enjoy stories about quirky girls, family, community and overcoming challenges which include a sprinkling of magic. While I felt the book was a little long and somewhat tedious at times, it would be a great classroom read aloud to couple with a word collecting assignment for grades 4-6.

I have to agree with joywolf83--this book is so well-written and magical, just perfect for a summer read. The angst of shyness is tempered by the discovery of family ties and beginnings of friendships, with references to sugar-scented winds and strains of music that make people want to dance. I guarantee you're going to want an ice cream cone after reading this, and also that you'll be looking a little closer in your everyday world for the magic hidden in it.

May 04, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Omg. Why didn't someone tell me this book is..... BEYOND GOOD?! Spindiddly means better than awesome and that is what this book is. Full of stories that upfold how a magical town came to be, a young girl tries to piece it all together. In her single parent family she has a desire to have a home, since her mom can't be content in one place. They end up moving back to where her mom grew up. There is a mystery of how the town was founded and how it had magic. So she investigates to discover its history and the uniqueness of the town. Her new best friend is a boy (with a physical disability briefly mentioned) that has the biggest secret talent in the city. He encourages her to participate in the town's talent show and helps her to believe in herself. A *really* good read that pulls all the clues together for a satifying conclusion. The pacing is well done, the only drawback is that it takes more than halfways thru book for her to figure out her family tree. By that time you're screaming at the book: "It's you! They are talking about you! You have magic!!!" (its on page 158 if you want the reveal lol) However, the rest of the book is a great mix of action and storytelling.

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Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

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