A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

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Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing. 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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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 311 pages
  • 148 x 218 x 27mm | 426g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545552702
  • 9780545552707
  • 305,103

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Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
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.
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About Natalie Lloyd

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.
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Rating details

10,562 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 43% (4,586)
4 32% (3,339)
3 18% (1,866)
2 5% (533)
1 2% (238)

Our customer reviews

A Snicker of Magic is aimed at readers in grades 3-7. From a ten year old guest reviewer's perspective, it is a very “clever” book. From an adult perspective, the book has a host of interesting characters, a little bit of magic, and some intriguing town history to make it a fun tale. The only concern is that the word collecting in the book sometimes overwhelms the story. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/03/a-snicker-of-magic.html *** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisher’s giveaway ***show more
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