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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250045525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250045522
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—While preparing a salad one afternoon, sixth-grader Abby Carnelia makes the astonishing discovery that when she tugs on her earlobes, she can make a hardboiled egg spin. The library and Internet research give her no insight into this seemingly useless power. Then her dad suggests that she attend a summer magic camp. Abby hopes that it might help her find out why she is able to cause this strange phenomenon. Pogue's first novel for children has an original enough concept to keep readers entertained. Short chapters and plenty of dialogue move the story along, and Abby is a protagonist many readers can relate to as she tries to discover if there is something more sinister going on at Camp Cadabra. Marred only by a slightly schmaltzy ending, this book will please fans of Bruce Coville's "Magic Shop" series (Harcourt) or other readers looking for a little magic.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

New York Times columnist Pogue's debut novel is a youth fantasy about magic and, eventually, a shifty pharmaceutical company. Abby Carnelia discovers that she is endowed with magic when she makes a hard-boiled egg spin after tugging on her ears. Her power is specific, inexplicable, and thoroughly useless, and her attempt to find an explanation leads her to Camp Cadabra, where she meets other children just like her. The story progresses at a leisurely pace, kept buoyant by the snappy dialogue between kids, until the last third of the book, when Camp Cadabra's hidden agenda is revealed. Abby's emergence as a leader among her peers is not entirely convincing, and the intrusive narrator, who we later discover is Pogue himself, is at times jolting. Still, the premise that every child is magical is clearly expressed without ever being heavy-handed. Abby's triumphant finale will have young readers contemplating how they, too, are special. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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Good read for middle school kids.
burketeacher
This book about an otherwise ordinary girl, Abby, was a great gift for my 8-year-old granddaughter.
F. Hanson
The story is great, it's funny, it's a little exciting, and it's just a fun book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Beck on July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My eight-year-old daughter and I absolutely loved this book. It was an ideal book to read together because I could explain words and ideas she was not familiar with. The story will charm adults too. My daughter loved the Harry Potter series and this book proved to be a wonderful bridge from the magical to the real world. We look forward to Mr. Pogue's next children's book. In the meantime, I will enjoy his great tech columns for the NY Times.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Hanson on June 10, 2010
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This book about an otherwise ordinary girl, Abby, was a great gift for my 8-year-old granddaughter.
I started to read it to her, but when I had to do something else, she resumed reading and would not
put it down, updating me about what was going on in Abby's life. Her mother even announced she
was next in line to read it. A great book that contrasts fake magic and little real real magic in a
wonderful way by an 11-year-old girl who overcomes her anxieties about her little magic power
with the help of others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Michelle Hutchinson on September 6, 2013
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This is what my granddaughter (age 8 1/2) said when we'd read a little way into the story. She is, of course, still searching for her magical power, and hoping it's not a lame one! (Invisibility would work just fine, thank you!) Abby leaps off the page like a real girl - this is well written and an absorbing story, even for the adult reading along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Sturm on February 6, 2012
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My 11 year old did a book report for school on this and loved it. She had borrowed it from the library and had returned it. While doing the book report, she needed to reference it and we downloaded the book to my kindle and she has read it again. I am sure it won't be long and her younger sister will be as well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is about friendship, mysteries, and of course magic. Abby Carnelia figures out that she has a weird magical power that is pretty pointless. She can spin a hardboiled egg by pulling on her earlobes. So, she sets to work to try to figure out how and why she just now figures out that she has a power at age eleven. She tries to figure all these questions out by looking in magic books. Soon Abby's dad realizes that his daughter is "getting into magic", so he asks is she wants to go to magic camp. Abby looks at the brochure and this is what it says: Treat your son or daughter to a two or four-week program of sun, fun, and prestidigitation...Close Up; Parlor Magic; Stage Illusions; Mentalism; UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA .Abby decides to go to find out more about her power. Will she find out more about her power? Do other children have a power like her's? Is she the only one who has a power? Find out in Abby Carneliea's One And Only Magical Power!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jennybmidwife on March 31, 2011
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My elementary school-age kids love this story. We own the audio version and listened to the whole thing on road trip. The author reads the book and does an outstanding job creating voices and accents to distinguish the characters. My kids have been walking around the house for a month saying "mah people" in the voice of the Ferd character. They talk about Abby as though they know her and can tell you the magical powers of each of the minor characters.

Other reviews summarize the plot, so I won't bother. The plot unfolds slowly, giving the reader/listener time to relate to the situation and the motivations of the characters before moving on. The characters are three dimensional -- characters who annoy the protagonists have other issues that just need to be understood. The bad guys are not immediately evident and provide a study in the complexity of life (like the ends don't justify the means). Details that seem intended to provide color turn out to be important elements later in the story. The author, whose real job is a technology reporter, weaves in small details that set the story firmly in the present, adding relevance that we don't get with other favorites published decades ago or set in another time. My kids know it's fiction, but still they wonder what their special power is.

After the story concludes, the author tells how the book was something of an accident and how he came up with the idea. We anxiously await Pogue's next book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
An off the wall book with a great story . What a clever idea! Kids who love Harry potter might just start looking for their one and only magical power.
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By Alaina Lamberson on October 22, 2013
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REALLY IS GREAT PARENTS WHO HAVE TWO KIDS AROUND 10 & 12 SHOW THIS TO THE TEN YEAR OLD AND THE 12 yr old will love it that's what happened to me
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