December 21, 2018

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One September morning when Kobi was new to kindergarten, her dad, the great Alighieri, came to their classroom and did magic.
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle
Recommended for grade(s): 6

It was a dark and stormy night and Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract." A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. Newbery Medal Winner. —from the website at Macmillan

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27 Magic Words
Sharelle Byars Moranville

27 Magic Words

By: Sharelle Byars Moranville
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

An irrepressible ten-year-old must reconcile her fantasies with reality in this beautifully written novel about facing the future. Although eleven-year-old Kobi's parents sailed into a storm at sea five years ago, she knows they are alive. If she says "Avanti!" she can see them. Now that her wealthy Parisian Grandmama is sending Kobi and her sister away to live with Uncle Wim in Iowa, she will need the magic words her mother left her more than ever. To fit in at her new American school , Kobi tells lies that soon catch up with her, and leans heavily on her magic. In a heart-wrenching climax, she must confront not only the untruths she has told others but the stories she has made herself believe. Only then will she be able to grieve for her parents and move on with her life. --From Holiday House

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Briar's Book (Circle of Magic #4)
Tamora Pierce

Briar's Book (Circle of Magic #4)

By: Tamora Pierce
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10

Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 4 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, former "street rat" Briar leads a comfortable life at Winding Circle Temple, learning plant magic from his teacher Rosethorn. But street kids are still his friends, and when one of them gets sick, she turns to Briar for help. As the mysterious illness spreads, Sandry, Daja, and Tris join Briar and their teachers to fight the epidemic. But just as the situation improves, the unthinkable happens. Will Briar be able to save what he loves most? —from the Scholastic website

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Emlyn's Moon (Magician Trilogy #2)
Jenny Nimmo

Emlyn's Moon (Magician Trilogy #2)

By: Jenny Nimmo
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

Young magician Gywn and his friend Nia have been warned to stay away from Emlyn Llewelyn, the strange boy who claims his mother lives in the moon. And yet, a mysterious magic continues to draw them to him. But why? The answer lies in the Snow Spider's web, an ice-cold flower's glow, and the haunting whispers of children from someplace far away. It's up to Gwyn and Nia to solve the mystery, with the help of Arianwen, the Snow Spider. —from the Scholastic website

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