Upside Down Magic
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.
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.
"Father must have known that Nory's transformational power was out of control.
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