“It’s so weird how life is so full of moving around–people coming and going, people passing by each other all day long. You never know which person’s going to steal your heart. You never know which is going to settle your soul. All you can do is look. And hope. And believe.”
― Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic
I think it’s the same for a book. You never know when a book will steal your heart…maybe even change the way you look at life. All you can do is hope for it, and believe it exists.
I have so many books I’m reading and so many others in line to review, but I had to push this one to the front because I can’t wait to talk about it. To tell everybody to go to the store and buy it.
Factofabulous #1: This is one of THOSE kind of books.
From the Publisher:
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.
Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.
As a word-lover, this book spoke to me. Not only is Felicity someone who is so easy to hear narrate, and root for, and you love the words she catches and the reasons behind them appearing, but every single word in this book is magic. Truly Spindiddly.
Lloyd is magic. This is her debut novel but the way she has with words and how she pieces them together to form sentences that roll off your tongue and dive deep into your heart; it’s special.
Lloyd combines my favorite things: words, music, and love, and pulls them into a story so charming and irresistable, it’s hard to put down. Oh, and we can’t forget the ice cream. The characters are eating ice cream on almost every page of this book, and the names and magical qualities of the ice cream are delicious and poignant.
The characters in ASofM are extremely flawed, as all of us are, but they are looking forward, searching for the change they need to be better, and forgiving the things in the past that are holding them back.
These may seem like deep things for a middle grade audience, but Lloyd uses her story to make all of those things seem so accessible and certainly understandable, even at a young age.
And it’s not only those three things, this book encourages the reader to think beyond themselves, to give selflessly, to believe in magic, to be grateful for what they have while still hoping for better things.
As Felicity searches for her home, the reader will feel the importance of the word and cherish it in their own lives.
This is the kind of book where middle graders will love it, but so will their parents. I truly believe ASofM is destined to become a classic.
“Stories aren’t peaceful things. Stories don’t care how shy you are. They don’t care how insecure you are, either. Stories find their way out eventually. All you gotta do is turn ’em loose.”
― Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic
I know I am not the only one who has discovered this gem of a book and are so glad that Lloyd turned this one loose. Let’s hope for more stories from her in the future.