SILLY MAGICAL POWERS, KIDS ON THE RUN. In a whimsical debut novel from the popular
One day, Abby Carnelia, ordinary sixth grader, realizes she has a magical power. Okay, it's not a fancy one (she can make a hard-boiled egg spin by tugging on her ears). But it's the only one she has, and it's enough to launch her into an adventure where she meets a host of kids with similarly silly powers, becomes a potential guinea pig for a drug company, and hatches a daring plan for escape.
Kids will be dying to unearth their own magical powers after reading this whimsical debut by tech personality David Pogue.
New York Times columnist Pogue debuts with the charming story of 11-year-old Abby, who discovers that she is a part of a rare, very special breed of children who can bend the laws of nature in tiny, pointless ways. Her ability? Making a hardboiled egg spin when she tugs on her earlobes. Eager to make sense of this power, she attends a summer camp for magicians, and is soon sent on to a Super Camp for kids with similar supernatural abilities. It quickly becomes apparent that the camp is a front for a darker operation, and Abby and other gifted campers (one can fog up a window by counting by twos in Spanish in a weird voice; another can levitate, slightly, by imagining buffalos walking backwards in diapers) find purpose in their seemingly pointless powers. One gets the sense that Pogue family in-jokes may be a source for some of the dialogue, and the author even inserts himself into the story. But this in no way diminishes the kid-pleasing nature of Pogue's brand of humor or the message that all gifts, no matter how absurd they seem, have value. Ages 8 12.
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Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power
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