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Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski

Book Summary

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 book is the first in a series.
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Upside Down Magic

Book Review

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.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Magic
  • Image; Public Perception
  • Defining Yourself
  • Growing Up
  • Family and Peer Relationships

Discussion Questions for this book:

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.

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