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Discovering Pig Magic Paperback – November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 8
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571316841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571316844
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,988,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Discovering Pig Magic is about secrets and power and love and fear, and about defying other people's expectations to become the person you want to grow up to be. Both comic and serious, this promising debut appeals to lovers of magic as its engaging trio of characters learns to sort faith from fake.”
Julie Schumacher, author of The Book of One Hundred Truths

About the Author

JULIE CRABTREE has published writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Highlights for Children, MotherVerse, and GreenPrints. Passionate about yoga, cooking, and gardening, she lives in Crescent City, California, with her husband and two young daughters. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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This is a fun realistic story for pre-teens that doesn't depend on vampires, werewolves or fairies to tell an interesting story. A great story about the importance of friendship for young teenage girls. It is well-written and doesn't preach or "talk down" to kids.
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Given the chance to read Julie Crabtrees's newest book enticed me to read "Discovering Pig Magic " first. For full synopsis please see above. I would have loved this book when I was in junior high. Mattie (aka Miss M and "M"), Ariel and Nikki are each dealing with very mature situations and have each other to confide in and support. Crabtree doesn't hold back on what they discuss or what they are thinking although we really only hear M's voice. Recommended for girls who enjoy stories about friendship, crushes, honesty and the idea of magic. While amazon has this as a book for ages 9-12 I would suggest 12 and up. Now I can read "The Crepe Makers' Bond."
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By M. Harrison on November 26, 2008
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Discovering Pig Magic will make a great Christmas gift for all the preteen/early teen girls on my list. I enjoyed it very much, especially because it is a fun read with an ethical message that's very true to life. I will be picking up a few more copies as gifts for my daughter and nieces and will donate my copy to my daughter's school library. I am looking forward to a sequel!
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Miss M, Ariel, and Nicki have just entered seventh grade and are learning that being thirteen is a strange feeling. Growing up is never easy, and not only are they changing, but school, family, and friends are changing, too.

Ariel aspires to be the next cooking superstar, Mattie is dealing with divorced parents and a mom who won't leave the house (plus her strange collection of pigs), and Nicki has secrets about her family she hasn't yet shared.

After finding an old magic book, the girls decide that this is their year, and set out to perform a magic ritual in the hopes that things will start anew and being a teenager will begin on an exciting path.

But dabbling in magic and making wishes doesn't always turn out the way you hope, and things start to take a turn for the worse. The girls find themselves in sticky situations and their friendship tested. Can they undo the magic?

This may sound like a paranormal fantasy, but it's really a sweet, charming, coming-of-age story with the magic taking a backseat. Julie Crabtree has captured the middle school transition and tween voice perfectly. I would recommend this one for young teen girls who enjoy friendship stories. This would also make a great tween book club choice.

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