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Today, we welcome The Children's Book Review as we bring their latest Awareness Tour to you! Today's star is oh so dear to my heart as it explores the relationships we have, from family to friend, and just what it truly means to be magical. Ready or not, here comes my book of choice and blog tour guest...
One Jar of Magic
Corey Ann Haydu
Katherine Tegen Books
About the book...
Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.
Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.
But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.
Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.
I was stolen away by the magic in this one, but not in the ways that you might initially think. Yes, it was FASCINATING to hear about the town's most magical family, their traditions, and how great it was going to be on the day of capturing. That was definitely a curiosity that kept pulling my interest...but the real draw, the real moments that stole the show for me, were when we see the relationships in their full glory. From the good to the bad, the ones built on superficial foundations and those that would stand the test of time...or a particularly hard twelfth birthday...THOSE were where my heart lingered. Her bond with her brother warmed my heart. The way that she connected with Stella had me smiling through the tough times she was experiencing. When she found her true self, I couldn't help but be proud. So while yes, the MAGIC was there, and abundant to those lucky enough to see it, it didn't mean the magic that those people were missing out on was any less AMAZING.
All in all, to me it was a realistic take on magic, if ever there could be one. It doesn't remove the sparkle and shine, but it does make it clear that you being YOU is more than enough. It's nice to have that little something extra, but that's exactly what it is...something EXTRA. Having loads is nice, but having just what you need is even better. Kind of like friends...
About the author...
Corey Ann Haydu is the author of Eventown, The Someday Suitcase, and Rules for Stealing Stars and four acclaimed books for teens. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog Oscar.
Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Corey Ann Haydu,
including One Jar of Magic.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic
A hardcover copy of Eventown
A hardcover copy of The Someday Suitcase
A hardcover copy of Rules for Stealing Stars
Four (4) winners receive:
A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic
The giveaway begins February 9, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends March 8, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun...
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!