Academic journal article Language Arts

A Snicker of Magic

Academic journal article Language Arts

A Snicker of Magic

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A Snicker of Magic Written by Natalie Lloyd Scholastic, 2014, 311 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-55270-7

Hey-yo! Meet Felicity Juniper Pickle who has been wandering from place to place with her Mama and sister Frannie Jo. They finally land in Midnight Gulch, where Felicity hopes there is a "snicker of magic" left so that her family will settle down and her Mama will find her creative spirit. On Felicity's first day of school, she meets Jonah Pickett, who introduces her to many townspeople full of fascinating stories about secrets, curses, music, and magic. Felicity has a special gift of noticing words shimmering or hovering over people's heads. She also sees words zooming out of a quilt, bursting from a bookshelf, or clinging to trees. She collects the words she loves the most-like "Winsome Wonder Believe" (p. 191) and "Fierce Determined Purposed" (p. 164)-in a blue book and sometimes makes them into poems for her little sister. …

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