Nory lives in a world of magic. When you enter six grade you get take a test to see which school you can join. For her there is only one choice, Sage Academy, where her father is the headmaster and her older brother and sister attend. But, the test doesn't go well, and Nory is sent away to live with her Aunt and attend a public school with an Upside-Down Magic class, for kids with wonky magic.
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!