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Hand-Me-Down Magic #2: Crystal Ball Fortunes Hardcover – Illustrated, June 16, 2020
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The best-friend-cousins at 86½ Twenty-Third Avenue are back for a party! With adorable illustrations and short, easy-to-read chapters, this second installment in the Hand-Me-Down Magic series is perfect for fans of Ivy and Bean and Dory Fantasmagory.
Alma’s birthday gift for Del was supposed to be delightful and daring—just like Del. Her present was a magical crystal ball, and it worked, too! All of Del’s predictions for her party guests were coming true. But when Alma looks into the ball to read Del’s future, she sees something frightening.
Del is certain Alma has given her a bad luck fortune and that it will spell DISASTER for her. Suddenly, Del doesn’t feel like the brave cousin anymore. Which means it’s up to Alma to help Del face her fear—and her crystal ball fortune—with her best-friend-cousin right by her side.
Corey Ann Haydu’s writing is filled with tender moments, wholesome humor, and magical detail—reminiscent of literary icons like Beverly Clearly, Marla Frazee, and Katherine Applegate. This chapter book series is pitch perfect for kids reading at this young level. And Luisa Uribe's stunning black-and-white illustrations capture the warmth and unique personality of each character.
Enjoy the whole series:
- Hand-Me-Down Magic #1: Stoop Sale Treasure
- Hand-Me-Down Magic #2: Crystal Ball Fortunes
- Hand-Me-Down Magic #3: Perfect Patchwork Purse
- Hand-Me-Down Magic #4: Mysterious Tea Set
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About the Author
Corey Ann Haydu is the author of Eventown and other acclaimed novels for children and young adults. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her toddler daughter, who hasn’t yet discovered the delight of tea parties with her abuelita, but is already curious enough to make an excellent detective. Find out more at www.coreyannhaydu.com.
Luisa Uribe is an illustrator and designer of children’s media. Her art has been selected for Iberoamérica Ilustra, a catalog showcasing the best work by Spanish-speaking illustrators. She was awarded the Society of Illustrators Dilys Evans Founder’s Award for The Vast Wonder of the World. She lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her partner and cat. You can find more of her wonderful art at www.luisauribe.com.
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062878271
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062878274
- Reading age : 6 - 10 years
- Grade level : 1 - 5
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,296,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My girls loved the accessible and relatable adventures that Del and Alma have, but also relished in the fact that so many details of their everyday lives are very different from ours. We see Alma struggle to adjust after a big move, we watch Del believe in the magic of a found good luck charm, and we feel the jealousy and conflict that can often happen between cousins who are more like siblings than cousins. But, they also learned about life in a bigger city and ins and outs of living in a four-story apartment building.
As for me, I loved that Haydu has naturally interspersed Spanish vocabulary and various cultural and family traditions that were new to our family, as well as the multi-generational and multi-racial makeup of this extended family. Uribe's illustrations are scattered throughout, adding enough visual interest to keep those newer to chapter books engaged, bu