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A half-magic girl learns about heroism and taking action when she and her sister confront a wizard who endangers others for her own gain.
Even and Odd are sisters who share magic. Lately, though, it seems like that’s the only thing they have in common. Odd doesn’t like magic, and Even practices it every chance she gets, dreaming of the day she’ll be ready to be a hero.
When the hidden border between the mundane world the sisters live in and the magical land they were born in shuts abruptly, the girls are trapped, unable to return home.
With the help of a unicorn named Jeremy, they discover a wizard is diverting magic from the border to bolster her own power. Families are cut off from each other on both sides of the border, and an ecological disaster is brewing. But the wizard cares nothing for the calamitous effects her appropriation of magic is having. Someone has to do something to stop her, and Even realizes she can no longer wait until she’s ready: she needs to be a hero now.
"Using the unrest at the border, Durst deftly weaves in a narrative of the separation of families with themes of standing up to unchecked power and finding the hero within." -- Booklist
"Humor abounds... Whimsical fun." -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B08B3L24NY
- Publisher : Clarion Books (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 11519 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 288 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,010 in Children's Dragon Stories
- #1,423 in Children's Siblings Books (Kindle Store)
- #2,911 in Children's eBooks on Girls' & Women's Issues
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Eleven-year-old Olivia "Odd" Berry would be just as happy skipping her magic days altogether. Except for turning her sister into a skunk when she's annoying, Odd rarely has control of her magic. Odd's magic might improve with practice, but she'd much rather focus on spending time volunteering at the animal shelter in their sleepy town in Connecticut where the Berrys run a border shop helping visitors from Firoth navigate the mundane world.
When the hidden portal behind Fratelli’s Express Bagels suddenly closes, no one can access their magic. Worse, a lot of magical Firoth residents are stranded far from home and cut off from their families. Even is eagerto help investigate as hero practice and Odd is excited to get to know the unicorn Jeremy who also offers assistance if it means getting home before his parents ground him.
When they find themselves trapped on the wrong side of the border, both sisters will have to rely on all of their skills--magical and otherwise--to figure out who is stealing the border magic and how to fix it in Even and Odd (2021) by Sarah Beth Durst.
Even and Odd is a magical adventure filled with humor and timely commentary on the harms of closed borders. Narrated in close third person following Even, the story explores magic from both sides as Even embraces all things magical and Odd is readier to find magic in the mundane world (like new kittens!).
With help from Jeremy, a unicorn with a surprising fondness for soda, Even and Odd explore their birthland Firoth for the first time while trying to fix the border. The magic system here is logical and has several parallels to climate change as magical energy is treated as a limited resource--a fact that leads to dangerous consequences for the border and all of Firoth.
Whimsical magical elements and humor help temper these weightier topics as the sisters realize that sometimes being a hero has a lot less to do with proper training and a lot more to do with offering to help. Even and Odd is a fast-paced, magical adventure perfect for readers who like their fantasy with a bit of humor and a lot of sisterhood.
Possible Pairings: The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis, The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer, Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connelly, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
It has unicorns (unicorns are so hot right now) and magic and an evil wizard.
I highly enjoyed it and I think most young peoples (and adults alike) will love it too!
Much love to NetGalley & Clarion Books for my DRC.
Yes, the characters are young - and aimed at young readers - but their adventure gets more complex as they go and acquire real consequences, and they learn some valuable lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed this once it got going, and even the details I at first found ridiculous ended up fitting and feeling right by the end.
My one quibble is that the plot twists are very predictable -- I saw each one coming from a mile away. Now, young readers might not, having not read as many books, but I feel like it could have been a bit more subtle.
Overall very enjoyable and I think kids will love it. Even getting stuck transformed into a skunk (complete with requisite skunk stink humor), Jeremy's obsession with soda and farmcats card game, the details and displacement of the magical world, the flying surfboards... It's a lot of fun. I'll definitely be reading it to my 7 year old soon.
It also deftly handles such issues as the problem with hurting people while thinking you're doing what's best for them (without consulting them) and what it's like to be a refugee when your home is destroyed by a natural (or not-so-natural) disaster. And that you don't have to wait until you're grown up to be a hero and save the day (and sometimes even the grownups don't know what to do, and sometimes they lie because they think it's best for you).
I received a review copy of this book.