ARC Middle Grade Review: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Published by: Scholastic Inc. on 2/25/2014
Genres: Fantasy, Folklore & Fairy Tales, Magic, Middle Grade
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
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
Charming, delightful, and full of unpredictable magic, A Snicker of Magic is perfect for readers of all ages! At only twelve years old, Felicity Pickle’s life has already been full of surprises. Her mother, a spirited drifting soul, never allows her small family to remain in one place for too long. With each new travel destination, the family continues to make memories and tries to make the best of unpleasant situations. However, when Felicity’s mother decides to take the family back to her hometown of Midnight Gulch, little did they know each one would find their own special hint of magic.
Felicity deems herself a “word catcher and collector”. She loves all words, big ones, small ones, flashy ones, and ones that can even make you sad. Words are what keep her afloat when the world seems to spin out of control and she feels as though she will never fit in. Words also help soothe her younger sister when she’s feeling down and lift their spirits every time they started a new school. Upon their arrival to Midnight Gulch, Felicity is filled with wonder at the hope their family might actually find a place to stay permanently. And what better place to call home than a town full of magic?
Every page in A Snicker of Magic left me with so many feels. Natalie Lloyd’s writing was splendid. My eyes filled with tears, my heart ached and fluttered. The way Felicity used words and associated them with her feelings or what she thought others were feeling was genius. For a while I would often forget our main character was only twelve years old. Her approach on life was very insightful and often times made her seem twice her age. I loved everything about Felicity, even her shyness when meeting new people or trying to make friends. I also loved how she would see words shimmering or floating from people. Words too often people were afraid to say aloud. She is an outstanding heroine and I adored every minute of being inside her young mind.
The magical aspect of the story helped to intertwine Felicity’s word catching and her own fears about the world. In most cases, it was magic that helped everyone in the novel to come to terms with things from their past they often tried to forget. Overall, I LOVED A Snicker of Magic! It’s beautifully written and exceed my expectations by a thousand. I highly recommend it to anyone, young or old, looking for a feel good novel that will leave them full of hope and wanting to embark on their own magical adventure.