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A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic
Natalie Lloyd
Scholastic Press, 2014
Audience: Children
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.

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.

Holy Ice Cream Batman. I read this in a day, and halfway through, I had to run to the store for sugar cones and various flavors of ice cream. (The decision was a tough one, but I left with Mint Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake.) Then I finished my book. (Priorities.)

I loved the magical realism. The words floating -- what a great idea for a magical power! The whole feel of it reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen. Little touches of fantasy made the book come alive. Overall, it was a fun, delicious read.