Upside Down Magic

Upside Down Magic

Book - 2015
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From a trio of New York Times bestselling authors comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits.

Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory'shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.

From Canadian author Sarah Mlynowski, and authors Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins, this offbeat new series chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up.

Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545800457
Branch Call Number: J MLY
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jenkins, Emily 1967-
Myracle, Lauren 1969-

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Aqua1633
Aug 05, 2017

This book is kind of kiddish for me but I still enjoyed it a lot. This series is about a group of kids who have wonky/upside-down magic. There's Nora the shape shifter that mixes up animals, Elliott can conjure up some fire only for it to turn into ice, and many other students that are just like them. This group of kids want to fix their magic, but after some experiences, they start to realize that having wonky powers aren't bad. In fact, it's good. All in all, I think this book is worth four stars.

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RebeccarLangford
Jul 18, 2017

It was a very interesting book. I really enjoyed reading it.

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Erika_W
Jun 26, 2017

I didn't read the whole book. I didn't think it was very good.

SnoIsleLib_SusanK May 26, 2017

Enchanting fantasy for grades 2 -5. What happens to kids when their magic goes "wonky"? Together Nory and her fellow classmates learn to accept the differences in each other and themselves. Quiet humor and authentic characters make this a spellbinding read.

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superCat5006
Dec 06, 2016

to be honest with you this is the best book i have ever read in my whole life!And i love it. |After reading just one book of the entire series i bought every book from the series. my suggestion is to definetly get this book.Boy or Girl trust me, you will love it!

FindingJane Nov 13, 2016

This book is a rather unsubtle trifle about embracing what is different and special about oneself rather than trying to fit in with the cool crowd. But the writers (three of them? Seems a little excessive for a children’s book) give us an occasionally playful look at the desperate Nory, her desire to make friends at her new school and please her overly demanding father by getting her unstable magical abilities under control.

Nory is unusually sober and biddable for a child. However, she shows moments of forcefulness as well. It is her determination to become a respectable Fluxer (someone capable of becoming an animal while retaining their human mental faculties) that propels her again and again to coax the equally inept Elliott into gaining a grip on his magic as well.

But of course the message of the book wins out eventually. Nory does make friends not with her magic but by reaching out to others. Following her example, every one of the outsiders uses their “wonky” magic to save an imperiled member of their class. Embrace who you are, what’s different about you is what makes you special, etc.

The ending of the book pleases even if it provides no real surprises. It should be pleasant fare for children who want a slightly different story about what it means to deal with magic.

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hyunokshin
Aug 26, 2016

I think this book is a great and magical read. Magic is the main action in the book, but it is not at all like Harry Potter, and so it is a very original book. I recommend this book if you like magic and friendship stories.

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marypatricee16
Jul 06, 2016

A nice surprising animal related novel,I enjoyed it

vmccreedy Jun 27, 2016

Nory's father may be the headmaster of the prestigious Sage Academy, but Nory has none of the same magical abilities. She has magic alright, but it's all "wonky", as they say. She is supposed to be able to at least morph into a kitten at her age, but her kitten always turns out wrong. Usually some sort of bitten (beaver-kitten) or dritten (dragon-kitten). Since she can't control her magic, Nory is being sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know so that she can attend a school that offers an "upside-down" class. Everyone is going to make fun of her "magic".

This series is perfect for those who just want a tiny bit of the fantastic in their books. It touches on different issues kids may encounter at school, without being didactic. Looking forward to see what the upside-down class is up to in the next book.

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wmcleod
Dec 23, 2015

" this book is good because the main character Nory can turn into animals. Everything goes wrong." Review submitted by McKinnon Bailey for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

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Sep 26, 2017

orange_cat_2945 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 14

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