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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
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I think it was a good book. They put a lot of effort into the storyPublished 1 month ago by Rie3 Burson
I thought this book was good, but I dropped a star because of the point of view changes. The story is told mainly from Abby's point of view, but there are parts that describe what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren Peronace
Pros: cheap, worth the money, long enough, interesting with lots of twists and turns
Cons: can not tell if true or fiction, cheesy ending
My 10 year old daughter voted this as her favorite book this year for Sunshine State Reading List.Published 4 months ago by Luv_Being_Mommy
I read a lot of YA books with my 11 year old daughter. A lot of times they hit some pretty false notes, and this book was no exception - but they were not too annoying. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nauticow
I think this book is awesome, it's so creative and fun!💖 This is such a great magical book
Very interesting book!
My son loves it!
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Cautionary and imaginative story of a young teen adventure with a bit of social responsibility included.Published 7 months ago by anna culp
the book is amazing to read.there is adventure around evrey corner.it was reallh cool that abby has magic power by sping an egg by pulling on her earlobes.and went to a magic camp.Published 7 months ago by Amanda Mendiburo