Recommended for Readers
in Grades 3 and up
Nory is a girl whose magic isn't standard - she sometimes spontaneously turns into animals.. She's sent to a special school to try to "fix" herself. But maybe there are times when uniqueness doesn't need fixing.
This is a really charming story, and it would have been easy to make it pure action/fantasy, but the gift of this book is in the characters and relationships. Nory's father is pretty demanding, and awfully disappointed in his daughter, and that's a lot of weight for a nine-year-old to carry. The peer pressure is a factor, too - maybe Nory can try to fit in, but what if that means alienating the friends she's made who are also unique? An important message in a fun wrapper about valuing differences in the people around us.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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