Staff Review: "A Snicker of Magic"
Natalie Lloyd's book is one of those rare, special books that grab you from the beginning and you don’t want to be released because the journey is quite simply, “splendiferous.” Our extremely likable narrator is Felicity Juniper Pickle, a 6th-grade girl as unique as her mother’s hometown, Midnight Gulch, where she, her mother, little sister Frannie Jo and dog Biscuit are in the process of moving to. Her family has moved around a lot and Felicity yearns for her own tiny bit of magic: “a place where families stay together and in one place”—home. She soon learns from her mother and teacher that Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place until the Brothers Threadbare fought, left town and took all the magic with them via a curse. But is the magic really all gone? And what is the whole story behind the brothers and the curse? "A Snicker of Magic" is quite simply one of the most delightful and best books I read in 2014; beautiful prose, wonderful, eccentric, interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a hometown sweetness that will have you smiling as you reach for your own favorite magical ice cream. After all, in Felicity's words, “home is what happens when you’re brave enough to love people.”