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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Papademetriou, Lisa
ISBN: 0062371061     ISBN-13: 9780062371065
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $8.39  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2017
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Annotation: Two girls on opposite sides of the planet connect through a mysterious book, whose phantom narrator guides them into spinning a story about the past that will affect their futures. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Books; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017010379
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.50 lbs) 297 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69900
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 14.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Through destiny--not luck--Kai, visiting her great-aunt in Texas, and Leila, on a family trip to Pakistan, find the same mysterious book with a life of its own. From across the world, the girls get immersed in the auto-generating book and discover new friendships while tracking down the clues it leaves them. This memorable magical tale ponders bigger questions about human interconnectedness.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 September)

Gr 4–7—A single narrator, using alternating chapters, tells the tale of two 12-year-old girls, each of whom has a strange experience with a magical book. Kai is visiting her unusual but lovable great-aunt Lavinia in Texas for the summer, and Leila is spending her summer in Pakistan, her father's birthplace. While unpacking in the guest room, Kai finds an old book titled The Exquisite Corpse. Excited to read it, she is disappointed that it contains an odd introduction and only one line of handwritten text: the name Ralph T. Flabbergast. Guided by some strange intuition, Kai inscribes the words was a complete fool after the name. Now, each time she opens the book, new lines of text appear. At the same time in Pakistan, Leila, who reads far too many romantic novels and is hoping for an "authentic cultural experience" in her father's land, discovers the very same text in her great-uncle's library. After an encounter with a beautiful moth, Leila is astounded to see new sentences appearing in her book. Back in Texas, Kai meets Doodle, a young girl out to catch the Celestial Moth, a creature rumored to be almost extinct. Her adventures with Doodle and their subsequent search for the elusive moth, as well as Leila's cultural gaffes, lead readers on a rollicking adventure, complete with a suspiciously operated casket company, a (sort of) pet goat, and an obsession with the TV show Pakistani Idol. In the meantime, the story of The Exquisite Corpse unfolds, telling a tale of forbidden love and magic. Engaging and appealing, especially to those who have never quite fit in, this novel is sure to satisfy. VERDICT Hand this to readers who enjoy light fantasy and ample humor.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 December)

Gr 4–7—A single narrator, using alternating chapters, tells the tale of two 12-year-old girls: Kai, who is visiting her unusual but lovable great-aunt Lavinia in Texas for the summer, and Leila, who is spending her summer in Pakistan, her father's birthplace. Kai, voted weirdest in her class that year, is a loner, overly protected by her mother and expected to practice her violin at all hours. While unpacking in the guest room, Kai finds an old book titled The Exquisite Corpse. Excited to read it, she is disappointed that it contains an odd introduction and only one line of handwritten text, a name: Ralph T. Flabbergast. Guided by some strange intuition, she pens the words "was a complete fool" after his name. This is her first mistake. Now, each time she opens the book, more writing appears. At the same time in Pakistan, Leila, who reads far too many romantic novels and is hoping for an "authentic cultural experience" in her father's land, discovers the very same text in her great-uncle's library. Leila sets out to read the strange handwritten story of Ralph T. Flabbergast but is soon distracted as a beautiful silver and green moth floats in through her window. Momentarily stunned by its luminescence, Leila forgets all about the book. When the moth flies back out the window, Leila is astounded to see a new sentence on the bottom of the page, "Wasn't that beautiful?" It's as if the book is talking to her. Back in Texas, Kai meets Doodle, a young girl out to catch the Celestial Moth, rumored to be almost extinct in this part of the world. Her adventures with Doodle and their subsequent search for the elusive moth, as well as Leila's cultural gaffes around her family, lead readers on a rollicking adventure, complete with a suspiciously operated casket company, a (sort of) pet goat, and an obsession with Pakistani Idol. In the meantime, the story of The Exquisite Corpse unfolds, telling a tale of forbidden love and magic. Papademetriou's tale is sure to please readers who love a fast-paced, clever mystery. VERDICT With magic and humor, this is an excellent addition to middle grade collections.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

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