In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd – 4th grade and up – Fantasy – Released Feb. 25th, 2014- This beautiful book has so many gorgeous words, I felt lost in it for quite some time. Very grateful that I have the opportunity to share with others. I’ve read quite a few books which have a daughter having to move and travel from one community to another because the mom needs a new fresh start. This book certainly stands out, almost a combination of Savvy by Ingrid Law, Rocky Road by Rose Kent and Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor- magic, thoughtful characters, moving to a new place, and mysterious pasts combine… and how a change of routines, or a little magic, can be the catalyst to change life as a community has lived it for years… I loved how words and poetry were treasured in this book… In addition, in my opinion, the greatest form of charity/gift giving, anonymously, was cherished and appreciated by the whole community. Just loved this book, expecting it to be quite the treasured book of the year. Pumpernickle.
Beautiful connection to Words with Wings since treasuring words and poetry are embraced in both titles!
My favorite lines, I had more than twenty marked, here are the treasured ones I cannot resist sharing – sorry, with an eReader, no pages to list:
“Snicker… “a magic leftover”… “Not good for much, not as fancy as it used to be- but enough to make it special.”
“Her speaking voice is wonderful, but my mama’s story voice is like nothing I’ve ever heard, like something between a summer breeze and a lullaby.”
“Why the hayseed would you ever leave?”
“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.”
“Do you want me to catch a poem for you?”
“Love is too heavy a word…”
“A good library. A library where books looked worn-out and well read and loved on.”
I love an exuberant author, Natalie Lloyd shared this celebratory post about A Snicker of Magic a while ago, but just read and loved it:
Goodreads Summary: “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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