FICTION

Sticks & Stones

MLYNOWSKI, Sarah, Lauren Myracle, & . 208p. (Upside Down Magic: Bk. 2). Scholastic. May 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780545800495; ebk. $14.99. ISBN 9780545800518.
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Gr 3–6—The "magical misfits" of the Upside-Down Magic class are back for another adventure that is sure to delight readers. There are strange happenings at Dunwiddle Middle School, and Marigold, Nory, and Bax are being unfairly blamed for the shenanigans. The members of the class all have different power that define them. They are either Flyers, Flares, Fluxers, Fuzzies, or Flickers. Fans of light fantasy such as Jen Calonita's "Charmed" series and Mlynowski's own "Whatever After" series will devour this new addition. Mlynowski, Myracle, and Jenkins provide backstory from the previous installment, ensuring that new readers will not be lost along the way. This is the kind of whimsical story that fans will appreciate.
At Dunwiddle Magic School, Nory, Bax, and the other kids with "wonky" powers face new challenges and triumphs in this sequel to Upside-Down Magic. First everyone's stuff is turned to stone, then Marigold accidentally shrinks mean-girl Lacey (she recovers), leading to a student-body backlash against the Upside-Down Magic Class kids. The coauthors have created another entertaining, light, yet thought-provoking fantastical school story.

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