Saturday, December 06, 2014

Book Review: A Snicker of Magic

A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd is a charming story with quirky characters and a fantasy twist. Lovers of words, ice cream, and a dash of magic won’t be able to put down this potential award winner.

This heart-warming story revolves around a lovable group of characters including a 12-year-old girl, along with her quirky family and friends in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee. Felicity sees words hovering around people. Although she’s a word collector, she isn’t comfortable with the idea of sharing her love of words with an audience. Along with her new friend Jonah, Felicity learns about the magical, but also tragic history of the town.

Lovers of words including many teachers will immediately be drawn to the idea of a word collector. The idea of magical ice cream, long-kept secrets, and a family curse will all be a draw for many youth. Most readers will be cheering for Felicity to bring back the magic to her small town.

The theme of anonymous good deeds is woven throughout the story. Bring a little magic into your library. Start a “Be the Beedle” club at your school encouraging youth to participate in acts of kindness.

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A SNICKER OF MAGIC is the first novel by Natalie Lloyd. Follow her blog at

Look for this book on many of the “best of 2014” lists.