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A Snicker of Magic
Contributor(s): Lloyd, Natalie

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ISBN: 0545552702     ISBN-13: 9780545552707
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Published: February 2014
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Annotation: Arriving in a town where magic has been driven away by a curse, 12-year-old Felicity, a girl who possesses a supernatural ability to see words around the people and places she visits, befriends mysterious do-gooder Jonah, who introduces shimmering new words while helping her break the curse. A first novel.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Juvenile fiction.
Single-parent families; Tennessee; Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013027779
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.96 lbs) 311 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 164275
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q62276
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 15.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Natalie Lloyd lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog, Biscuit. A SNICKER OF MAGIC is her first novel.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
After years of wandering, Felicity Juniper Pickle's family arrives in her mother's hometown. Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, once a magical place, overflows with unique characters and its own mythology. Felicity taps into her formidable way with words to heal old wounds and spread a magic of her own. This sweet story about hope, belonging, and friendship is carried by whimsical language.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 January #2)

From every angle, Lloyd's first novel sparkles and radiates warmth. Felicity Juniper Pickle, 12, feels an immediate kinship with the town of Midnight Gulch, Tenn., the latest place her itinerant mother has brought Felicity, her almost-six-year-old sister, Frannie Jo, and their dog Biscuit. The remote mountain town has a history interwoven with secret magic, but most of it seems to have evaporated years ago following a dual between a pair of famous magician brothers, which divided a family and resulted in a curse. Felicity's immediate concerns lay with her mother's sadness and her insistence on constantly uprooting the family. With the help of Felicity's new friend Jonah, who has his own secret magic that he works on Midnight Gulch; the stories that Felicity collects from various townspeople; and Felicity's ability to see words that reflect people's hidden thoughts and desires) she tries to save both the town and her own family. Working in the folksy vein of Ingrid Law's Savvy, Lloyd offers a reassuring, homespun story about self-expression and the magic that resides in one's mind and heart. Ages 8–12. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 January)

Gr 4–7—A delightful and inspiring debut. Mama has a wandering heart, which means that 12-year-old Felicity Pickle and her little sister, Frannie Jo, have wandered along with her in their battered van. But Midnight Gulch feels like home, and not just because it's where Mama grew up. It's one of those quirky little towns where there just might be magic. It's the characters that make this story shine: gruff Aunt Cleo and her tongue-tied swain; Oliver and Ponder, purveyors of unusual ice cream and baked goods, respectively; Jewell Pickett, hair-stylist and auto-mechanic extraordinaire; and her son Jonah, who has the amazing ability to make things better for anybody, despite his own difficulties. And Felicity, who sees words everywhere and uses them in remarkable ways. She's a girl who loves deeply and openly, and who creates her own kind of magic. Added to these elements are a series of folkloric backstories about feuding brothers, doomed romances, mysterious do-gooders, lost children, and a curse. Mibs Beaumont and her magically gifted clan from Ingrid Law's Savvy (Dial, 2008) would feel right at home here. As Felicity loves to say, "Yes…yes…yes!"—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

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