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Download kindle ´ A Snicker of Magic à 311 pages Ü Introducing an extraordinary new voice a magical debut that will make your skin tingle your eyes glisten and your heart singMidnight 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 cuE'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 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 This is such a visual book Throughout the story I kept imagining what a wonderful movie it would be This remote town is filled with eclectic characters Each of them have a bit if magic in their lineage Our heroine sees words When someone is talking the words they don’t say will escape from their ears or float around their heads This is a lovely YA novel that is safe for children to read No violence or hints of sex Just a sweet story of home friendship family and just a touch of magic

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At; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heartBut 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 ther Felicity Pickle has lived in 6 different states even though she's only in the 6th grade She's tired of travelling the country with her mama Holly and her little 6 year old sister Frannie Jo Maybe people can't grow roots the same as trees do but we both needed a place to dig in and grow some good memories And so did MamaThe only problem is that Mama has a wandering heart She's always been this way restless ready to leave town at the slightest provocation She can't stay still and she can't settle down This is making her children very unhappyFinally Mama returns to the town she grew up in the town where her sister Cleopatra still resides The magical town of Midnight Gulch TennesseeAfter going to school for her first day in her new town Felicity learns about the history of the magical town where each family had their own special brand of magic They say some people could catch stars in Mason jars And some people could sing up thunderstorms and some could dance up sunflowers Some people could bake magic into a pie make folks fall in love or remember something good or forget something bad Some people had a a magic for music They could play a song and it would echo through the whole town and everybody in town no matter where they were stood up and danced They say some people glowed in the dark And some people faded when they were sad first they went colorless then totally invisibleBut then tragedy struck when the Brothers Threadbare Stone and Berry became famous due to their musical magic After years of happily travelling together and acuiring fame and fortune jealousy struck And so the brothers agreed to battle each other in an epic magical duel But whoever lost would be cursed with a wandering heart unable to settle in any one place for any length of time and therefore unable to ever be happy again That cursed one was Stone and after he left town he was never seen againOr was he?Felicity knows that since she is a direct descendant of Stone's bloodline she and her family are cursed as he was That is why her mother can never stay in one place for long That is why she and her sister have been travelling from town to town incessantly since they were bornBut Felicity loves the magical and kooky town of Midnight Gulch She loves its history and its people And she also is starting to have strong feelings for a boy she met on her first day in class a boy who takes her breath away a boy with spiky blonde hair and a big heart Jonah Pickett Jonah's face was so close to mine that I could count the small cluster of freckles across his nose Ten freckles that's all Just a small constellation His eyes looked even greener up closeFelicity is determined to buy time in the town and hope against hope convince her wayward mother to stay But how can she do this?Felicity has a gift And I like words; I collect them I like poems songs stories everything But words never sound right when I try to string them together and say them out loud They're just for me to keep I've always seen words I see them as clearly as I see you Sometimes they have wings and sometimes tap shoes and sometimes zebra stripes Sometimes I see words hovering around people Most people anyway The interesting the person the fantastic the words Words come in all sorts of shapes stars spaceships pretzel words Some words glow and some words dance Sometimes I think I see words people are thinking about or the words they wantFelicity's ability to see words helps her read minds and see the future Can she use this power to help her mother finally settle down and call somewhere 'home?'This book is amazing magical It's also very Southern as in Tennessee Kentucky type Southern you know mountain Southern If you're familiar with that area you know what I meanEveryone has fun names like Toast Florentine Cleopatra Boone Day and Ponder They all have highly diluted remnants of magic a snicker of magic as Felicity would say This gives some people a slight ability It's wonderful to read about people's small magical skills that were much stronger generations ago An example would be how Charlie Sue's ancestors had the ability to turn invisible but Charlie Sue cannot turn invisible However you can never get a photograph of her she only appears as a blur on film That's just one example of what is going on in the bookThe writing is beautiful whimsical and vivid As soon as Jonah said their name the same wondrous feelings came rushing up inside me the kick thump of my heart and the catch of my breath I tried to rub away the tingly sensations rolling up and down my arms It seems as if the air all around me was full of static electricityOr Mama wasn't looking at me She had her face turned toward the light of the window The sun was doing its best to shine on her to warm up all the cold places down in her heartIt's a wonderful book I would highly recommend it It's aimed at middle schoolers but that never stopped me from enjoying a truly good book I soaked up every word I'll leave you with my favorite uote The way he said her name made my heart cramp In all my years of word collecting I've learned this to be a tried and true fact I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name I think that's one of the best feelings in the world when you know your name is safe in another person's mouth When you know they'll never shout it out like a cuss word but say it or whisper it like a once upon a timeSwoon Lloyd certainly has an amazing way with words

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A Snicker of MagicIntroducing an extraordinary new voice a magical debut that will make your skin tingle your eyes glisten and your heart singMidnight 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 th In which I become the Grinch Who Pooh Poohs All Things MagicalThis book is currently #1 on Goodreads' Mock Newbery page Friends I just don't get it I must have read a different book Or my definition of 'distinguished' is waaaaaay different than that of the hoi polloiI've been a children's and young adult librarian for seven years now and there are a few tiresome tropes that have been sneaking their way into kiddie lit over the past few years In what is a feat of unimaginable magnitude Natalie Lloyd has managed to smoosh every trope I despise into a single book She veritably smothers the reader with themTrope That Makes Me Apoplectic #1 Characters With Idiotic NamesNarrator Felicity Juniper Pickle Felicity Juniper PICKLE I mean come onTeacher Miss Divinity Lawson Bus Driver Day GrissomThe Legends of the Town Stone and Berry WeatherlyThe Kinda Antagonist Who Never Really Does Much Toast TerryThe Drifter FlorentineAs a bonus the protagonist's mother drives a van that the family calls the Pickled Jalapeño Because why notAnd one family lives on Chicken Bristle Lane Trope That Makes Me Apoplectic #2 uirky Southern TownI think Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky really hammered this nail into the coffin for me But here comes A Snicker of Magic with an even uirkier town populated by see TTMMA#1 There's the guy who just sings Elvis songs on the corner There's the lady who owns a beauty shop that also doubles as an auto shop OF COURSE There's the old lady who became a country star when she was in her late 50s There's the banjo pickin' uncle who just shows up one day It's all here folks More uirky characters than you can count And just when you think you've met everyone in Midnight Gulch Lloyd manages to introduce 72 Honestly you need a town directory to wade through the volumes of characters taking up breathing roomTrope That Makes Me Apoplectic #3 Wanderin' MamaPapaI've taught in public education for 15 years There are definitely tons of crappy parents out there But kiddie lit has suddenly become uber obsessed with the wayward neglectful motherfather Pack the kids up Move to a new town Changed my mind it's rainin' Let's go somewhere else Felicity's mother especially likes to move her kids on the 7th day of the month but only if it's raining This leads me toTrope That Makes Me Apoplectic #4 Precious uotientThe precious uotient in this book is through the roof Just looking at the uirky characters' names and actions is enough proof for that pudding but here are a few examples 1Ice cream that doesn't melt so you can eat it all the time 2 A protagonist who sees wordsJust hangingLike thisHockey puckForlornb e n e f i c i a lMarmaladeIdiotic3 An aunt who makes fairy wings for everyone in the family to wear while they hang out at Snapdragon Pond 4 The word spindiddly used by the protagonist to describe everything Literally everything Like five to ten times a chapter That rocking chair over there? Spindiddly Grandma's gooseberry pie? Spindiddly The idea you just had? Spindiddly That spider on a web? Kinda spindiddly But it has 8 legs and it spins a web Okay definitely spindiddly I am not being even remotely hyperbolic If Natalie Lloyd had replaced 'spindiddly' with the word 'great' or 'good' or even 'awesome' any editor in his right mind would be like Listen Nat you gotta find some adjectivesBut not this editor Hey Natalie can you throw in about 4309 'spindiddlies' in this paragraph? It's just not spindiddly enoughFellow Goodreads reviewer Rachael put it best with this to the point polemic Be ready to LOLZTrope That Makes Me Apoplectic #5 The Power of StoryI teach a graduate course in storytelling I do not need to be convinced of the magic of a great story nor of the charisma of a storyteller who exceeds at hisher craft The art of storytelling is in a renaissance thanks Moth StoryCorps but the number of children's lit books that have characters begging for a story is inching toward the million mark by now It is one thing if the embedded stories are wrangled with finesse and beauty But A Snicker of Magic's treatment is accomplished with all the subtlety of clown wielding a seltzer bottle At one point there is a gaggle of characters in the beautyauto shop and in comes Oliver Weatherly with gallons of ice cream that he hands out so that everyone can enjoy some snacks while he tells a story The story the history of the town The audience people who live in that very town Forgive me if I just can't wrap my head around the inanity of that A drifter wanders into town Yup she's got a story And Felicity begs to hear it Aunt Cleo? Story Ramblin' Rosie? Story Oliver Another storyHey authors Want to illustrate the power of story? Do it with grace and for god's sake some substance For reference Moon Over Manifest Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Habibi Walk Two Moons A Monster Calls Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Use those as your guides Don't have a character slap his knee and bellow I gots me a story my gran'pappy told me but y'all gonna have to beg for it firstKill meWhich A Snicker of Magic almost did Because nearly every page managed to somehow tip my Apoplexy Scale to 10 So help me god if this nabs a Newbery Medal or Honor