April 19, 2018

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Pick of the Day: A Snicker of Magic

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A Snicker of MagicLLoyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. 320p. Scholastic. Feb. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545552707; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545552721.
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



  1. Very Good Book! I would recommend it to anyone ages 8- 12