A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

by Natalie Lloyd


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Natalie Lloyd's SPINDIDDLY debut novel, now in paperback!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545552738
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 130,827
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Natalie Lloyd lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog, Biscuit. She is the author of A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary.

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From A Snicker of Magic

Mama slowed the van and leaned her arm across me. "Take a look, June Bug. We're here." She pointed to a sign that somebody'd painted up and shoved sideways into the hillside. A flickering spotlight shone up at the words:

Midnight Gulch, Tennessee

A Proper Place to Call Home

"Used to read different, before they painted over it," Mama said. "It used to say—"

"A magical place to call home." I whispered. I didn't need her to tell me. I could already see the word, MAGICAL, shining as bright as sunshine-letters, even through all those layers of paint. I could see other words too. The stars above us spelled out:




I heard a poem tangled up inside a rush of the midnight songs the crickets were whistling:


At last,

Forever, and now,

Here you are.

I didn't say another word to Mama that night, but I could feel something good even then: the YES in my heart, the swirling-around in my belly, the prickly, tingling all the way from the freckle on my finger to the tip of my pinky-toe. That much wonderful could only mean one thing:

There was still magic in Midnight Gulch.

This is how I turned it loose . . .

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A Snicker of Magic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what's next for Natalie Lloyd!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only on the first chapter of this book and i think that it's amazing!!!! Everyone needs to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book earns 10000000000000000000000000000000 stars! IT WAS INCREDIBLE! READ IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Snicker of Magic is, like, so cool. I love the descriptiv words. I am totally getting the book, and you should too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ages 9-12 will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness wow! This is a book about Felicity Juniper Pickle, who stands for boundless joy. She collects words, but Midnight Gulch is the place where she sees the word home after traveling most of the us looking for one. The first person she meets is Jonah, alias the Beedle. His mom is the mechanic and hair stylist for Midnight Gulch. He is the one who tells her about the curse that will change everything. Full of secrets, words, and music, this book is about healing whats broken, undoing bonds, and the power of words and of home. A must read for any age, but mostly anyone who loves, words, song, and magic. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Artzicarol More than 1 year ago
This was a creative read, with lots of ice cream, made-up words, and a snicker of magic. Now I have the word “spindiddly!” stuck in my head. I like the way the main character, Felicity, sees actual visible words around people and places; they give her clues as to emotions, histories, and personalities. The ending was satisfying as the mysterious “curse” of the town of Midnight Gulch was resolved.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. I love how it introduces vocabulary - this book is perfect for parents who like to read with their kids and want some extracurricular activities like looking up definitions or using the word-lists found in this book for kids to make their own poems. It's also a handy way to introduce kids to the concept of neology - that word is never mentioned in the book but the main character, Felicity Pickle, is a neologist who invents words like spindiddly, which means "better than awesome." I love language evolution so this appealed to me greatly. The first couple of chapters made me anxious because of the use of the word gypsy. My family has Romanichal roots and the way Travelers are portrayed isn't always pleasant. The Romanichal and Roma are never mentioned by name in this story, only the word gypsy is used and not in context with Romany culture. The Pickle family is what the Roma call New Agers/New Age Travelers - people who live a Bohemian lifestyle without following Romany culture. I would like to caveat the previous sentence by pointing out that there were a couple paragraphs that made me imagine that the town of Midnight Gulch may have originally been settled by the Roma who then forgot who they were (which is a reality for many American Roma families). New Agers can be a source of despair for the Roma - imagine what you think you know about gypsies and there's a good chance you're envisioning New Age Travelers instead of actual Romany people, but the Pickle family doesn't even rely on that stereotype which is a nice change from the usual portrayal. I'm so pleased that I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads First Reads in exchange for a review because I loved this story. The writing style made me think Dr. Seuss meets Roald Dahl meets Alice Hoffman. I look forward to reading more work by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole family loved this book.
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Its amazing
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It rocks
meredith3212 More than 1 year ago
I ordered this for my 10 year old, he loves it. I ordered a few days before Easter and way beyond pleased went I got it the day before. Thanks BN!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book you should read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-she flops over.-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He blinked up at her, nodding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peeps need ta write a twenty page sample,yo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1) Absolutley NO DRAMA! <br> This includes; Fighting, arguing, unkindness, ect. <br> 2) Dont tell ANYONE about this camp! Doing so will get you kicked out! <br> 3) Have fun!