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Waiting for the Magic

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People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall (Booklist).

When William’s father leaves, his mother promptly goes out and adds four dogs and a cat to their lives. William’s sure that nothing can fill the hole left by his father, but the new additions to the family are determined to help. With his sister, Elinor, and his mother, William will learn that “family” can come in all shapes and sizes, because sometimes we find love through magic, and sometimes that magic is all around us.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 04, 2011 – Newbery Medalist MacLachlan tackles the familiar yet always heart-wrenching subject of parental separation in her venerable spare and moving style. "It was early on a Saturday summer morning when my mother and father stopped arguing and Papa walked away," begins William, a fourth-grader who is quietly shaken and angry at his father's departure. He is astounded when his mother, engulfed by emotion, immediately drives him and his four-year-old sister, Elinor, to the pound, where they bring home all four dogs they find, plus a cat. The characters are individualistic, believable, and likable, and the impulsive acquisition and heartwarming presence of the animals suggest an affecting work of realistic fiction. MacLachlan moves it into fantasy, however, by creating voices wise ones for each of the dogs, which Elinor can immediately hear; the others must open themselves to the possibility of magic before they come to hear the dogs, as well. While the talking animals initially feel like a contrivance, they bring an amusing and uplifting tenderness to this story of a family working to trust again readers facing similar turmoil will wish they had such a source of support. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 12.

Customer Reviews

Doll Dawg says this is charming!

Just finished reading this book with my Great Pyrenees dog, Doll at my side and it made my day. This story has tender characters with great insight. The fact that only some feel the magic of it only makes it better. This is a fast easy read that touched my heart. I can't wait to share it with my class of 5th graders.

Best book

I read this at least a week ago and it took me about two hours and it's a good and easy reading book. I would definitely recommend this to young or older readers, if you have read it, I hope you will like it too!📖 READ

Waiting for the magic

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Waiting for the Magic
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  • $6.99
  • Level: Grades 3-7
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Sep 13, 2011
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 160 Pages
  • Language: English
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