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Dorko the Magnificent Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Gr 4-6-Fifth grade has been tough for Robbie Darko, an aspiring illusionist who can't perform even the simplest trick without accidentally setting things on fire. His dad constantly travels for work, his mom tries to help make ends meet with a demanding new job, his teachers are fed up with his havoc-wreaking magic tricks, and his little brother is a huge pain. To make matters worse, Robbie is asked to give up his bedroom to eccentric and unrelentingly cantankerous Grandma Melvyn (actually, his great-great-aunt). Robbie eventually learns that Grandma Melvyn was once a celebrated magician. With the help of his affable friend Cat, he slowly earns Grandma's approval and, ultimately, her trust and affection. She not only coaches Robbie in showmanship and sleight of hand, but she also guides him down the path to self-confidence and self-discipline. Robbie's maturation is ultimately tested when Grandma Melvyn makes a final trip to the hospital. Beaty develops well-rounded main and supporting characters with genuine flaws and emotions, skillfully building their relationships. Though the protagonist's flashback narration occasionally meanders, it has an authentic middle-grade voice that will have readers laughing out loud. The moments where Robbie takes responsibility for his mistakes and shows vulnerability will serve as positive examples for young audiences. Satisfying and enjoyable, Dorko will engage reluctant and voracious readers alike.-Elly Schook, Jamieson Elementary School, Chicagoα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Preparing for an unforgettable performance at the school talent show, aspiring magician Robbie Darko gets some surprising help from an elderly relative when wobble-eyed Grandma Melvyn reveals her skills. Times are hard in the fifth-grader’s family. His father’s new, not-so-good job keeps him on the road much of the time, and his mother works long hours, too. Worse, Robbie has to share a bedroom with his six-year-old brother, Ape Boy, while Grandma Melvyn waits for the knee operation that will allow her to return to her own home. Robbie tells the story of his growing attachment to the crotchety old woman, with plenty of asides explaining his life, his passion for magic, and proper magician technique (but not how his tricks are done). Short chapters keep the story moving. Robbie has impressive determination, but it is Grandma Melvyn who is the star in this moving story. Gradually Robbie comes to learn her backstory and to care deeply about her. Middle-grade readers will admire her, too. Grades 4-6. --Kathleen Isaacs