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Publisher's Summary

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 eaves, 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.

©2014 © 2014 by Natalie Lloyd (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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LOVE TASTE AS SWEET AS COTTON CANDY

YOUR WORDS ARE PURE MAGIC
This is one of the books were the writer goes out of her way to be magically descriptive. To make her words tasty and sweet. It is about the words and not the story. A couple of times I thought a story was going to happen, but it took a back seat to words, words and more words.

THREADBARE
I was a military brat and I know that feeling of being a new kid. From kindergarten to fourth grade I went to a different school each year. I moved four times during my high school years. Like the main character it made me an introvert and very shy. I dreaded my first day at every school I ever went to. This could have been a story I could have gotten into. I like words, but when they help make the story, not when they take over the story.

PUMPERNICKEL
I think Lloyd missed the boat, by not making this a teen book. If she would have made the main character a high school student, there would have been a larger audience for the story. I find it hard to believe that young kids would stand for eight hours of syrupy sweet words. This was like Dr. Seuss on steroids.

BEETLE
I thought the narrator was great.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Magical

My 12 year old daughter and I listened to this book together . it was like our own little book club! I enjoyed it as much as she did

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Poetic and magical

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Loved that this was read with the voice of the child. It's a book of family, friendship, community and love artistically represented and fun to read. It's a great book for preteens, teens, adults ... a sweet and magical story for all ages.

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i loved this book

i have been reading this book since november and have loved every seound of it. In the begining its a little boring but dont give up on it.

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Very enjoyable read

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure in the beginning, but the further I went, the more I liked it. I was dying to get to the duel and I wasn't disappointed! I recommend this book.

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Absolutely Magical!

This is such a charming book full of beautiful imagery and sweet moments. This was such a joy to listen to. The voice was great as was the story! 💗

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A snicker of magic

A snicker of magic

This book was amazing! I was never board and every page made me on the edge of my seat! This is the best book ever! Can't wait to read another Natalie Lloyd book.

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Best Southern Story!

We loved this story and are looking forward to the sequel! 4th grade girl and mom loved listening to it as we traveled Across Texas.

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Spindiddly

I took Your advice and purchased this book for a road trip to see family with my daughter. She thought it was a dumb idea at first. She would rather watch movies that she had downloaded on her Kindle, not listen to a book with her mom. A family member on my husbands side passed and the road trip extended out a few more days as we had to return early and head 2 hours north after our 14 hours of driving we had just done to see my family. On hour 10 of our 18 hours of drive time, she gave in and let me play the book. By hour 14 she was asking if I could quickly get done with listening to the news on NPR so we could get back to "Our" book. Thank you for the suggestion. It was a beautiful way to connect with my 9 year old. :)

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Good Story but Slow Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thought this was a fun QUICK read. (See my comment on the narrator.) It was very lighthearted and fun to follow the characters. Most of the characters were not fully developed, but It did not leave the story lacking. Especially at the pace I devoured it.

What other book might you compare A Snicker of Magic to and why?

It made me think of Night Circus, which is a great read. Only this book was not as well developed nor does it feel as epic.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Morris?

Probably not. The reading in this book was way too slow. I normally will listen to books at regular speed. I respect the performers delivery of a book most times. Cassandra was so slow that I had to listen to the book at 1.5x speed. I really enjoyed her performance at that pace. Listening any slower made me feel like my head was in a fog.