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Title:
The Marvelwood Magicians
Author:
Zahler, Diane, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
188 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
An eleven-year-old from a family that possesses unique magical abilities joins a traveling circus with an evil ringmaster who steals talents, forcing her to choose between forfeiting her powers and sacrificing her family.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781629797243
Format :
Book

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Eleven-year-old Mattie Marvelwood comes from a family of traveling performers. Her dad is an illusionist; her mom is a fortune-teller; her brother has a vanishing act; and she herself is a mind-reader. But the Marvelwoods have a deep secret. The acts they perform at carnivals, fairs, and circuses are not just acts. Their powers are real. In all their wanderings, the Marvelwoods have never met another performer with gifts like theirs--until they join Master Morogh's Circus of Wonders! But it turns out that Master Morogh's true talent is stealing the gifts of others. When he steals Mattie's brother's vanishing ability, the family has a big decision to make. Do they run, leaving Bell's gift behind to save the rest of them, or risk exposure by trying to beat the duplicitous ringmaster at his own game?


Author Notes

Diane Zahler is the author of Baker's Magic , as well as several middle-grade fairy tale reimaginings: Sleeping Beauty's Daughters , Princess of the Wild Swans , A True Princess , and The Thirteenth Princess . She lives in Wassaic, New York. dianezahler.com


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Booklist Review

Though most children have longed for magical powers or to be in a circus, 11-year-old Mattie might urge restraint on these wishes. Each member of her family has a special gift Mattie reads minds, and her brother disappears but these talents often get the family into trouble, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night. On one such occasion, their vehicle breaks down, but they land a spot with a traveling circus. However, dangerous warning signs surface as performers begin to lose their special abilities. Suspicion rightfully falls on the ringmaster, who hypnotizes people in order to steal their gifts. After this happens to Mattie's mother and younger brother, Mattie devises a plan to sacrifice her talent in order to save her family. Will it work? Zahler has created realistic characters with believable emotions, and the circus setting is dynamic and full of exciting activity. By adopting an omniscient point of view, the story allows readers to share the feelings of all the characters, not just the protagonist, making for an engaging, well-executed fantasy.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2017 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-The Marvelwoods are mighty interesting. Each member of the family has a particular talent. Eleven-year-old Mattie can read minds. Her brother Bell can disappear at will, her little sister Tibby levitates, her mum tells fortunes, and her dad can create illusions. After the family's old van suffers yet another breakdown, they end up in a small town right as a traveling circus is visiting. Invited to perform by the charismatic but menacing Ringmaster Master Morogh, the Marvelwoods meet fascinating and kind performers. Mattie makes a close friend and finds satisfaction in being in one place with the same people instead of constantly being on the road. The Marvelwoods have a tendency to distance themselves from others so that no one learns that their talents are real. Mattie is the only one to notice that performers' special abilities are disappearing, one by one, while Morogh seems to be gaining abilities apace. After her best friend and her family members are targeted, she realizes they must do something to stop the evil Morogh. The suspenseful plot moves quickly, and Zahler vividly portrays the unbearable pain of losing an innate part of one's self. VERDICT Bound to entice voracious and reluctant readers alike. Hand this one to fans of Ingrid Law's Savvy and Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.-B. -Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.