About the Book
Title: A Snicker of Magic
Author: Natalie Lloyd
Source: I won it from the library.
Publication Date: February 25th, 2014
Blurb: 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.
You know what they say: one of the most important elements of a book is the author’s voice. This book has that. Natalie Lloyd’s voice is lyrical and beautiful. It makes Felicity, the sweet and cheerful main character’s voice unique and it also adds an extra flavor to the story in the form of fresh description. The language that the author uses to describe things in a fresh way. She describes things in a different way that you might have never thought of before, but makes sense. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Forgetting people you love is impossible. It’d be like forgetting how to breathe.”
“Home isn’t just a house or a city or a place; home is what happens when you’re brave enough to love people.”
“That’s a wonderful word: maybe. I watched maybe stretch out, long and starry. The letter y looked as fiery as the tail of a comet; it looped around our shoulders, connecting us all together.”
See what I mean? This book is full of notable quotables. I could go on and on.
This book also makes readers imagine, and that is honestly the most important thing that an MG book can do. Kids love to let their imagination go wild, and a book that makes that happen is a book that kids (and even teens!) will love. This book has that. It had ice cream with memories woven into it (I really want to try Blackberry Sunrise), people that could make storms dance, and so many other wonderful elements.
The best part of this book? The characters. Natalie Lloyd introduces a vast range of characters, with a little bit of diversity thrown right in. First, we have Felicity Juniper Pickle. Felicity is a cheerful girl who wants to settle down instead of traveling restlessly from place to place because her mother can’t settle down. She loves to collect words and weave them together. And yet, she’s nervous about those words. She does not feel comfortable sharing her words with everyone. At the same time, she’s a strong girl, who takes things into her own hands and tries to make things better.
Then, there’s Jonah Pickett. Jonah Pickett befriends Felicity when she doesn’t have any friends in Midnight Gulch. He is also wheelchair bound. However, the author portrays Jonah in such a way that she shows his wheelchair does not define who he is, and it doesn’t make him any less a person. He, along with a slew of other quirky characters, helps Felicity realize that her words matter and that they can make a difference.
All in all, this book is a beautiful and imaginative, which equals the perfect MG book.