Book Blog--A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd

I know many of you are writing middle grade and I recently read an absolutely charming debut novel by Natalie Lloyd.  If you are struggling with voice in your writing, this is an excellent example.  Every phrase, every character is drenched in this wonderful, funny, quirky southern voice.  I loved it!

But don't just take my word for it:

"Whimsical and bewitching ... hang on for the ride!" - New York Times Book 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

"This tale offers all the earmarks of fine storytelling, including colorful, eccentric characters, an original, highly likable narrator and a mighty 'spindiddly' plot." - Kirkus, starred review

"In this spellbinding debut novel set in Tennessee, Felicity Juniper Pickle sees magic in the people around her, and her worldview is curiously contagious " - Shelf Awareness, starred review

"If Harper Lee had set out to write the Great American Fairy Tale, we might have gotten A SNICKER OF MAGIC a half century earlier." - The

"The appealing thing to young readers will be how real this all feels. The magical and the realistic are closely intertwined in such lyrically beautiful language that the story feels like it could happen next door, in an adjoining classroom or on their very own auditorium stage. Felicity Pickle and her friends have the perfect word for awesome. Spindiddly! That's exactly how I feel about this book." - Augusta Scattergood, The Christian Science Monitor

"Original, satisfying, and sweet as Blackberry Sunrise ice cream. Natalie Lloyd has a magical way with words." - Natalie Standiford, author of THE SECRET TREE


Oh, how fun this sounds! I'll have to look for it. Thanks, Donna.

I loved this book so much! One of my favorite reads so far this year.

I literally JUST read this. Like, finished and returned to the library today. It added so much color to my life the past few days I spent with it. A wonderful story to add to your bookshelf :)

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