Congrats Natalie Lloyd on your debut novel, A Snicker of Magic, out today in hardcover. If you follow me on Twitter or read this blog with some regularity, you know that this is already my favorite book of 2014, but it's so much more than that. It's only just out today, but I'm declaring it an instant classic. It belongs in the same sentence as books like A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte's Web, Because of Winn-Dixie and When You Reach Me.
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.
Check out my Nerdy Book Club review of A Snicker of Magic and my interview with Natalie Lloyd.
Order your copy of A Snicker of Magic today!