Snicker of Magic, A

Natalie Lloyd
Natalie Lloyd's SPINDIDDLY debut novel, now in paperback!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.


Reviewed: 2017-01-19

     FIC LLO

 Do you like books about friendship, family, and mysteries? If you do, you'll love "A Snicker of Magic.' Felicity, her mama, and her little sister have traveled all across the country. She has seen and has been many places, but there'sone place shes never seen...Home. When her mamas van rolls into Midnight Gulch, Felicity's luck begins to change. For the first time Felicity's found a place where she can make memories and maybe even a Friend...


                      Jamie T.

Reviewed: 2016-10-02

A Snicker of Magic is one of the books from the 2017 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees. The book is told from the perspective of a girl, Felicity, who arrives with her sister and mother in her mother’s hometown, Midnight Gulch, a cursed town that once was filled with magic. Through Felicity’s friendship with a “good-doer” boy, Jonah, she begins to find links to her past, and the two of them work together to bring the magic back to this town. Students are able to relate to the different characters and the issues that each of them faces: worries about their parents’ relationships, making friends, being accepted, or finding themselves.


This novel shares with students a fictional town; however, Midnight Gulch could be your own hometown if you look in the right places. It brings hope, creativity, wonder, and more importantly friendship. Every teacher struggles with getting students to accept one another for who they are, and to live life to the fullest. This book is effective at demonstrating just that. A Snicker of Magic makes life seem that much sweeter. 

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