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Natalie Lloyd's "A Snicker of Magic" helps readers know what home looks like

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Natalie Lloyd’s “A Snicker of Magic” reminds us that even when we think we are cursed, down on our luck, or just plain out of luck, there is always a little bit more magic to be found.

Take it from Felicity Pickle, for example, who knows how hard it is to be the new kid in town. She does her best to cheer up her little sister, collect her favorite words, and stay calm.

Of course, it isn’t always easy introducing yourself to a new class, especially when you get nervous and start to see words like:

  • Dork
  • Lonely
  • Loser
  • Clutzerdoodle

Rocket around at the back of the classroom.

Luckily, there’s Jonah Pickett who “was like snow days, field trips, candy stores, and Christmas Eve all blended into one big swoosh of a feeling.” Together these two hatch wild plans, collect words, and do good.

There’s just one thing, though.

It’s related to an old folktale in the town lore. Felicity isn’t sure what to make of it all, but she believes - she has to believe - there’s just a snicker of magic left in this old hometown wrapped in this old story of the town.

“Stories aren’t peaceful things. Stories don’t care how shy you are. They don’t care how insecure you are, either. Stories find their own way out eventually. All you gotta do is turn ‘em loose.”

From these wild characters that make up the town of Midnight Gulch, Felicity learns that

Home isn’t just a house or a city or a place; home is what happens when you’re brave enough to love people.”

For some fanTABulous activities related to this read, check out the Scholastic activity book here.

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