What Am I Reading – Chapter Twenty-Three

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did! I ate great food, played fun games, and complained about the Lions losing…again. I also finished For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway and replaced it with something that could be described as its complete opposite.

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd involves Felicity Pickle – a 12-year-old “word collector” – and a town that used to have magic. In the past, Midnight Gulch was a magical place, but a curse drove it away. When Felicity arrives in Midnight Gulch, she thinks her luck will change. As “a word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere, yet that town is the first place that she’s ever seen the word “home” because her nomadic mom has a wandering heart. She also meets Jonah – a mysterious do-gooder who shimmers with words that she has never seen before, and he makes her heart beat a little faster. Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch, yet she has to figure out a way to bring back the magic, so she can break the spell that’s been cast over the town and over her mom’s broken heart.

This is another book that my library is doing for Battle of the Books, and I can see why. I started reading this recently, and all I can think of is how cinematic this can be. This is especially true with how the words appear everywhere that Felicity looks like in someone’s hair and in the gate to the home of the pumpernickel. I personally think it could work better in animation since that form doesn’t limit much to the imagination like live action can at times.

In addition, Felicity Pickle is a relatable character as all she wants is a place to stay and belong. I know a lot of kids, especially her age can identify with that. She has her quirks with the words and her insecurities. She’s great at collecting words, but verbalizing them is a challenge. I think she can pull through. All she needs is the right words. We’ll see how it goes.

We have now come to the end of the twenty-third chapter of “What Am I Reading?”

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Published by emilymalek

I work at a public library southeast Michigan, and I facilitate two book clubs there. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in History and Theatre from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI; a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration also from Wayne. In my downtime, I love hanging out with friends, play trivia and crossword puzzles, listening to music (like classic rock and K-pop), and watching shows like "Monty Python's Flying Circus"!

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