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Some Kind of Magic

Some Kind of Magic

Spring 2015 Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Adrian Fogelin
ISBN: 978-1561458202
Hardcover Price: $15.95

Ben, Cass, Jemmie and Justin have been best friends, and sometime crushes, since grade school. Now it's the summer before high school, their last time carefree and together and they want it to be memorable.

The story unfolds in the week leading up to Ben's brother Cody's 7th birthday at the start of what looks to be a boring and hum-drum summer. But then Cody discovers a "magic" hat and the group stumbles across an abandoned house in the woods. Enter mystery, adventure and a secret history.

The author uses alternating points-of-view to let each of the main characters tell the story in his or her way and by the end the reader knows them all intimately. The male voice in the book - from young Cody, to teenaged Ben and Justin, and Ben's father - is particularly strong. It captures that thing youthful summers are supposed to be about - unfettered time, discovery and best friends.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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