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Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic #1) Kindle Edition
From School Library Journal
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Excerpt from Upside Down Magic
Nory Horace was trying to turn herself into a kitten.
The kitten had to be a black kitten. And it had to be completely kitten-shaped.
It was the middle of summer. Nory was hiding in her family's garage. Kitten, kitten, kitten, she thought.
She was hiding in case something went wrong. She didn't want anyone to see. Still, if something went really wrong, her brother and sister would be close enough to hear her yell for help.
Or meow for help.
Nory decided not to think about that. Hopefully, she wouldn't need help.
Kitten, kitten, kitten.
She had to master kitten, because tomorrow was the Big Test. Tomorrow, after so many years of waiting, she would finally take the entrance exam for Sage Academy.
The school was very hard to get into. You wouldn't be accepted with anything less than amazing talents. Nory's friends weren't even bothering to try. They were all taking tests for easier schools.
If Nory passed the Big Test, she would start fifth grade at Sage Academy in the fall.
If she failed the test . . .
No. She couldn't fail. She wasn't taking tests for any other schools.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00TYTPIC8
- Publisher : Scholastic Press (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 11089 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,435 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I bought her the first 5 of this series for Christmas and we just finished chapter 11 of book 1. I am so disappointed.
I really dislike the parallels between the Upside Down Magic students, the “wonky” ones, and a special education classroom. My son is autistic and this book reeks of ableism. Chapter 11 just concluded with the main character being told by her family that she just needs to “become more normal” and then maybe she can return home to the Father who shunned her. I cringed as I read the words out loud to my daughter. I don’t know if I can bring myself to keep reading it, despite the fact that she likes it.
This book is garbage. The main characters are completely unlikable, the dialogue is nauseating, the story line (yes, I realize it is about magic as are most books we read together) is COMPLETELY not believable, the human emotions and reactions to things in the book are so off the mark and unrealistic. The moral it tries to drive home is that you should be who you are and that you don't need to change but relates this idea to all characters, even ones who are pretty awful and unbearable individuals.
We tried each night for about a week to get into it but the book won. I picked it up one night and by the first two sentences I wanted to throw it across the room and we called it quits. It seems like the authors believed they could get by on a cute cover and a school of magic, but it is one of the worst children's chapter books I've ever tried to read.
Full of embarrassment, Nory will do anything to be able use her fluxer magic to turn into a nice, normal kitten. Instead, all she makes are mixed animal hybrids that eat the furniture. In a class with other misfits, Nory tries to fit in, only to find the rest of the school dislikes her class. her teacher Miss Starr tries to teach them to think out of the box, work together, and use their unique magic, but all Nory wants is to be normal.
This is a delightful fantasy book. I love worlds of magic, and this world is very interesting. There are several layers hinted at; Miss Starr tells of a time when unique magic was valued and there were more than just 5 magical groups. Hmm. I want to see things progress and develop in the rest of the series.
Nory is a typical kid who looks up to her brother and sister and wants the approval of her father. I was so saddened by her father's reaction to her. He sends her away and then never contacts her again (at least in book #1). Nory is left on her own, with an Aunt she's rarely seen. However, her character is stalwart. She takes the time to train, to master her magic, and just when she thinks she'll be allowed into normal classes, she realizes being different isn't so bad. A great theme here.
This book had me laughing out loud at several different points. The bizarre things that the kids in the Upside-Down Magic class experience is often funny and the weird hybrids Nory changes into are great! I really liked this book and I'm giving it 5 stars!