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Ordinary Magic Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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About the Author

CAITLEN RUBINO-BRADWAY is also the author of the adult novel Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, which she wrote with her mother. This is her first book for younger readers.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599907259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599907253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amanda Welling on May 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My Review: Imagine a world where ordinary people are just, ordinary, and the norm is the magical. Think of the world of Harry Potter in reverse. That would be Ordinary Magic.

Harry Potter fans might love this book. Ordinary Magic is about a world filled with magic, filled with special characters and special people. Enter Abby. Abby is an Ord. She just doesn't realize it a first. In the coming of age for all normal kids, they are judged based on their magical prowess. Abby doesn't score, she has no magic.

Ords are considered social pariahs. They have no place in society. They have no magic, and they have no use. Except for those in the sort of black market trades. You see, magic can't affect Ords. They can affect objects around them, but not the Ord itself. So they come at a high price, sort of. They can't be purchased like slaves, only stolen or manipulated, or something to that degree.

Abby's family is different though. Her family is very loving, nurturing and supportive. They love their child and don't wish to abandon her to the world as others would. Instead they send her to a special school where Ords are taught to survive in the world without magic. For many, it is a place of refuge. Not many Ords are lucky enough to have a family like Abby's.

Again, think Harry Potter in reverse.

I love, love, love how Caitlen Rubino handled her story. Harry Potter had a very magical sense in the story. Ordinary Magic does to, but also attacks issues, such as prejudice, in a manor that younger children can understand and learn from. The story sends a powerful message to the younger crowd, in a covert ninja like style, which is cool because this is a middle grade book.

The characters are robust and very fulfilling.
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Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Abby is about to be tested for magic - will she be a Level 5? A 6? She comes from a very prominent family, where everyone uses magic well; her older sister tested at Level 9! But when Abby is discovered to be an Ord, a non-magical human, she is cast out by the society around her. Ords are unnatural - they are usually sold to Adventurers or the Guild. Abby's parents, of course, refuse to sell her, and find a place for her at Margaret Green School, a place where where Ords learn how to protect themselves and live in a magical society. When Adventurers strike, seeking slaves, and the students are in danger, Abby and her friends muster all the courage and wit they possess to outsmart the enemy.

Already I have the winner for the "CUTEST book of 2012"!! This is is, ladies and gents! Ordinary Magic is stinking adorable. And not only that - it had me laughing out loud all the time, and loving every second. The way Caitlen Rubino-Bradway portrays everything through stellar writing and her brilliant story-telling style had me applauding for more.

While absolutely everything about Ordinary Magic was just adorable, my favorite thing about it was the humor. In character, in conversation, in their way of life - I still giggle when I think about Gil, or Abby's hilarious sarcasm, etc., etc.

Abby, her family, the mages, her friends at school, the Adventurers, the King - all brilliantly done! There was no need to tell the reader who all these people were because the reader is shown from page 1 with crystal clear imagery. Because of this, I want to say each and every one is my favorite and tell you why, but that simply can't be done.

Abby's voice is realistic and funny.
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We live in a post-Harry Potter world, and in such a world, there are a lot of books about magic. With that in mind, I am often wary of books with magic in the title, but in the case of "Ordinary Magic," by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, there's nothing to be worried about.

Abby lives in a world of magic. Everything has magic in it and everything is done with it. It's the norm and no one thinks it's very special. No one, that is, except Ords-- people who have zero magical abilities.

The day of Abby's judging is bright and hot, and Abby just wants to gets it over with, whatever level she ends up being. The thing is, when Abby does get to the judging, nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. Abby's an Ord, and that changes everything.

Ords are considered bad luck and a possible danger to society. Most families don't want to be associated with ordinary children, casting them out to the streets or selling them to treasure hunters who use Ords to sniff out spells and enchantments.

Abby has luck on her side. Her family loves her and can't imagine throwing her away. There's another option -- the Green School -- a school that teaches Ords how to function in the normal, aka magical, world.

Not everyone is pleased about a school for Ords, though. Between carnivorous goblins and treasure-hunting kidnappers, Abby's going to be in for a very unordinary year.

"Ordinary Magic" sort of spins the world of Harry Potter on its head. There are many similarities -- boarding school, young children, magical creatures. But beyond those shared conventions, author Caitlen Rubino-Bradway has created a unique and genuinely enjoyable world with a stellar cast of characters children will want to follow for years to come.
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