A Snicker of Magic
By Natalie Lloyd
Do you have a favorite special collection? 12-year-old Felicity Pickle does. But it’s not a typical collection. Not coins, not baseball cards, not stamps or even cute stuffed animals. Felicity Pickle collects words – not just any words but magical words. These are words that she can see everywhere…on people, in the trees, in the air, even in food. The words she sees sparkle and curl and dance through the air. They can be polka dotted and even have wings! They can hover over family, friends and even strangers. Some are real words and others are imaginary but Felicity collects them all in her little blue book.
Felicity, her mother and sister are wanderers. They move from place to place until her mother gets the “itch” to move on. Felicity and her sister hate moving all the time since they never stay long enough in one place to make friends. This changes for the better, however, when their van rolls into Midnight Gulch, Tennessee. Midnight Gulch feels like home…not just because their mother grew up there but because they finally have family and new friends. This is a town that used to be “magical”, much like Felicity. It’s residents had “magic in their veins”. Unfortunately, a curse caused by 2 dueling magician brothers drove the magic away leaving only “a snicker of magic” behind. What’s a “snicker of magic”? According to Jonah (Felicity’s new best friend and my favorite character!), it’s “magic that’s leftover”. It’s wonderful and happy magic – magic that can be found in such places as an ice cream flavor that will enable you to remember the memories and emotions of the past.
A Snicker of Magic is an example of storytelling at its best. It is packed with quirky and loveable characters with remarkable stories, unusual language and, and heartfelt emotions. It is a tale of wonder and hope and the magic that can be found in the human heart. It is hard to believe that this is the author’s first novel! I highly recommend it to students in grades 4 through 6 especially to fans of Savvy by Ingrid Law.
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)