Happy Wednesday, guys!
We have a short and zippy review of Upside Down Magic today! It's a delightful tale about one girl who has challenges with her shape-shifting magic, and learns that there's plenty to be learned from upside down magic.
Written by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins - seriously, how awesome is this trio? - this book is perfect for the younger reader in your life.
Published September 29th 2015 by Scholastic Press
A magical-filled book that's perfect for Halloween.
Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.
This new, offbeat series from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up.
We're introduced to Nory Horace, an eager young girl who wants nothing more than to become a student at her father's magic academy. However, her Fluxer or shape shifting powers are wonky or "upside down", and Nory's shifting spells often go wrong.
After one spell too many lands Nory in a public school that caters to students with upside down magic, Nory begins to learn that what makes her different, may help her stand out, after all...
What I loved the most about Upside Down Magic, is how well-developed Nory's story arc is throughout the book. When we first meet her, her upside down animal transformations mildly amuse her, but also equally upset her. Nory wants nothing more than to fit in and be like everyone else - something that any reader of any age, will most likely be able to relate to, especially when we see how Nory's father reprimands her for her failure.
However, after she's sent to live with her loving and quirky aunt, the three authors are able to show how sometimes, a change of scenery and a change of approach can help turn an obstacle into a positive. Through the positive love and guidance of both her aunt and a well-meaning teacher, Nory is able to adjust her thinking to see her wonky magic as giving her strength, and a unique perspective.
While this is a lesson that can undoubtedly become slightly clichéd and/or preachy, in the hands of Mylnowski, Myracle and Jenkins, it's handled with age-appropriate enthusiasm that will make younger readers cheer Nory's growing realization in her own strength. All in all, readers finish the book with a positive belief in their own skills, and in the value of learning to admire unique attributes in others.
Fantastic magical read for fall; recommend for all younger readers who are settling into the school year.
About the author:
Sarah Mlynowski is the author of several middle-grade and young adult novels, including the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have), Don't Even Think About It, and the Whatever After series. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in the kingdom of Manhattan with her very own prince charming and their fairy tale--loving daughters. Visit Sarah online at www.sarahm.com.
Lauren Myracle is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for young readers, including The Winnie Years (which begins with Ten, the Flower Power series (which begins with Luv Ya Bunches), and the Life of Ty series. She would like to be a Fuzzy so she could talk to unicorns and feed them berries. You can find Lauren online at www.laurenmyracle.com.
Emily Jenkins is the author of many chapter books, including the Toys Trilogy (which begins with Toys Go Out) and the Invisible Inkling series. Her picture books include Lemonade in Winter, Toys Meet Snow, and The Fun Book of Scary Stuff. She would like to be a Flare and work as a pastry chef. Visit Emily at www.emilyjenkins.com.