Book Review: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Cassandra Morris

A Snicker of Magic is a children's novel written by Natalie Lloyd, and the audiobook is narrated by Cassandra Morris. 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. When Twelve-year-old Felicity arrives in Midnight Gulch, she 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.

A Snicker of Magic is a coming of age story, Felicity needs to learn to trust herself and her abilities, as well as face her fears. While she finally feels she has found home, she still worries that she will be uprooted, that she will embarrass herself in a big way, and that she will forever be followed by the word lonely rather than home. Her mother, and many others, have


A Snicker of Magic is a sweet and heart warming story. I liked the variety of characters in Midnight Gultch, and their quirks, But, I will say that in listening to the story with my kiddos in the car we all got a little antsy for the ending before it was ready. It was still an interesting and entertaining book, but I think it could have been a little more condensed. 

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