Friday, March 30, 2018

Upside-Down Magic!

Nory Horrace's magic doesn’t seem to work the way she would like it to- it’s wonky. Being able to turn into an animal should be easy, especially the small black kitten she needs to change into for the Big Test at Sage Academy. Every time she tries, she turns into the wrong animal- or rather a combination of animals, like a bat and a cat. Worst of all, she gets lost in the mind of the creature and ends up embarrassing herself. It only makes things harder that her father is the headmaster of the academy. When Nory fails the Big Test she is heartbroken, but when an aunt she doesn’t know comes to take her away, Nory’s heart sinks even more. Her dad doesn’t want her to stay at his house with her wonky magic. Now she won’t get to see her brother and sister. Plus, they won’t even answer her phone calls. At her new school, there’s a class for kids who have upside-down magic. Their magic does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. The kids in class seem nice, but Nory thinks they are a little strange. She and another student, Elliot, who turns things to ice instead setting them on fire, decide they don’t belong there and devise a plan to get into the “normal” magic classes. Will Elliot and Nory be able to tame their magic? Is it possible to take the test again and get out of the class they're in? Will Nory talk to her family again? Why is her dad so disappointed in her? Read this fast-paced story and find out!  

I had fun reading Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski! It was a book filled with unique characters, and I was easily able to read it in one day. I felt bad for Nory and her friends that they had trouble controlling their powers, also that they were often surprised by the outcome of their attempts. I imagine it'd be tough to lose control and have your magic surprise you all the time. It was fascinating to see what happened in the upside-down class. I thought their teacher was nice, and I liked how she pointed out what made them even more important was that their skills were different. Being able to do things that others can’t comes in handy! My favorite part was probably the end, but I don’t want to give anything away. I would recommend this book to kids (and adults) in second grade and up who enjoy stories with magic and characters that have a lot to learn. I know it will be exciting to read the rest of the books in the series!

Has anyone else read Upside-Down Magic? Or have you read another book by Sarah Mlynowski? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L


26 comments:

  1. They just have to cast a spell opposite of what they want to happen and it will turn out all right.

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    1. Alex- Sounds like good advice. :) ~L

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  2. It would be tough to have magic that had a mind of its own indeed. Sounds like a good one.

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  3. Sounds like a magic and fun book !!
    Happy Easter

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    1. Mary- I thought so too! :) ~L

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  5. My daughter loves this series, she is currently reading book five.

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    1. Heidi- I didn't realize there were 5 of them out. I will have to check them out. :) ~L

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  6. I haven't read this story but I like magic and neat characters so I'd probably enjoy this one. So many books, so little time to read. Thanks for telling us about it.

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    1. Beverly- I hope you get a chance to read it. If you like magic and fun characters then this one will be a hit. :) ~L

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  7. I wonder if this was written as a way for children- people with special needs and gifts to see their world differently and for people in general to see worth in differences. It sounds like a great story.

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    1. Sophia- I was wondering the same thing while I was reading it! :) ~L

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  8. Sounds super cute! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  9. This sounds so sweet.
    Happy Easter.

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    1. Sandra- Hope you had a Happy Easter too! :) ~L

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  10. Eee, kitty cover :D LOVE! I'm glad you enjoyed this book a bunch :) It seems adorable. Lovely review. <3

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    1. Carina- It is very cute! :) ~L

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    1. Anna- I thought it was fun! :) ~L

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  12. I love the cover! The book sounds so cute!
    Hope you had a great Easter! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- Glad you enjoyed the cover. Definitely a cute read. :) ~L

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