A Snicker of Magic by Natalie LloydA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

A Snicker of Magic

byNatalie Lloyd

Hardcover | February 25, 2014

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Introducing an extraordinary new voice - a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . . and your heart sing.

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.

NATALIE LLOYD lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog, Biscuit. A Snicker of Magic is her first novel. Visit her online at www.natalielloyd.blogspot.com.
Title:A Snicker of MagicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.56 × 5.77 × 1.02 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545552702

ISBN - 13:9780545552707


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Book Beautiful book. My daughter (11 at the time) got this as a present, read it and loved it, and wanted to share it with me. It is magical and beautiful, and makes me want to read her other book. Great!
Date published: 2017-01-14

From the Author

"A Snicker of Magic started, really started, when I left an Avett Brothers concert and said, 'That felt more like a magic show than a concert.' From then, until now, this story has turned me inside out. It surprised me and challenged me. It helped me find my way back. Felicity Juniper Pickle, my plucky little hero, is the sort of girl who believes magic always hides in unlikely places. Somewhere along the way, I think I started believing it again, too." -Natalie Lloyd

Read from the Book

From A Snicker of MagicMama slowed the van and leaned her arm across me. "Take a look, June Bug. We're here." She pointed to a sign that somebody'd painted up and shoved sideways into the hillside. A flickering spotlight shone up at the words:Midnight Gulch, TennesseeA Proper Place to Call Home"Used to read different, before they painted over it," Mama said. "It used to say-""A magical place to call home." I whispered. I didn't need her to tell me. I could already see the word, MAGICAL, shining as bright as sunshine-letters, even through all those layers of paint. I could see other words too. The stars above us spelled out:summerwonderhomespunI heard a poem tangled up inside a rush of the midnight songs the crickets were whistling:Finally,At last,Forever, and now,Here you are.I didn't say another word to Mama that night, but I could feel something good even then: the YES in my heart, the swirling-around in my belly, the prickly, tingling all the way from the freckle on my finger to the tip of my pinky-toe. That much wonderful could only mean one thing:There was still magic in Midnight Gulch.This is how I turned it loose . . .

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Snicker of Magic:* "This tale offers all the other earmarks of fine storytelling, including colorful, eccentric characters, an original, highly likable narrator and a mighty 'spindiddly' plot." -Kirkus, starred review* "From every angle, Lloyd's first novel sparkles and radiates warmth . . . a reassuring, homespun story about self-expression and the magic that resides in one's mind and heart." -Publishers Weekly, starred review* "A delightful and inspiring debut . . . As Felicity loves to say, 'Yes . . . yes . . . yes!'" -School Library Journal, starred review"...Scrabble lovers, Boggle big leaguers and word people of the world - hang on for the ride! Felicity Pickle will take you places, and that, fellow logophiles, is spindiddly, indeed." -The New York Times Book Review"First-time novelist Lloyd has produced a 'spindiddly' product that will hearten word and poetry lovers and encourage those who have almost lost hope for a happy ending." -Booklist"Warm-hearted Felicity Juniper Pickle probably couldn't ignore her vital organ even if she wanted to, given how often it bangs, pounds, kicks and speaks to her in this folksy, Southern-fried debut novel." -Wall Street Journal