(The Root of Magic) PDF FREE Û Kathleen Benner Duble
Connect strongly to Though she oves her brother she feels as if her mom s world revolves solely around Wisp and his illness meaning that she often gets forgotten She raises some great uestions about motivation and why we do what we do whether it is for ourselves or someone else She also uestions whether one person has the right to make a decision for another and whether or not free will outweighs fate The story has mystery and magic and is sure to pull in a middle grade reader to pull in a middle grade reader had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC
of this middle grade fantasy novel in exchange for a review Navigating the this middle grade fantasy novel in exchange for a review Navigating the waters of adolescence is tough especially when you re also faced with a health crisis in your family and the resulting strains on relationships Willow s younger brother Wisp has a rare mysterious illness that affects his ability to eat and also makes him weak and tired much of the time Willow s mom is consumed with worry as she seeks out a cure from health care professionals nutritionists and any other promising sourceWhen an unexpected New England winter storm eaves the three of them stranded in Kismet Maine with only the clothes they re wearing they have to rely on the kindness and generosity of the mysterious townspeople Willow feels very uncomfortable with how much everyone seems to know about her and her family even though they ve never met When a doctor in One of the big uestions posed by The Root of Magic is the difference between fate and free will Fate being that your Zoete tranen life is preplanned already decided versus the free will of choosing your own path having the ability to change things yourself The characters in the story are given an opportunity to know what each day has in store for them the knowledge of everything that is to happen tomorrow and the time to prepare for it Aife that is predictable kidlitexchange partner Thanks to the kidlitexchange network for thereview copy of this book all opinions are my own Think you want to know the future Even for a day at a time Even if you know you can t change it In The Root of Magic Kathleen Benner Duble explores this kind of magic in the town of Kismet It s an enchanted tale of magic friendship oyalty family and hope and uite a delightful tale at that Precocious Willow DuChard s world has been turned upside down due to her brother Wisp s illness Yes Willow and Wisp Name choice is explained eventually and it s a cute explanation Now everything in her ife is put on the back burner including hockey as her mother seeks treatment doing anything and everything possible to find a cure for Wisp s mysterious illness When the three of them Revived land in Kismet things start to change But Willow knows that something odd is happening and she cannot keep her mother from getting pulled in by the magic of it all Out of necessity Willow becomes the voice of reason and assumes the role of the adult in the family as her mother gets swept into the prospect of finding a cure There s plenty going on in this story to keep it engaging Willow s character is well developed andikable She gives up a ot as any sibling does when a family member faces health concerns and most times it is willingly even though you can sense her frustration with all the attention given Wisp Her friendship with Topher is believable and the bullying from the other girls seems plausible Overall an enjoyable readprobably best for the 5th 7th grade classroom but a good esson for anyone pondering fate vs free will For the true magic of ife ies in those days that are not yet known. E in the most unexpected way Willow soon discovers that the town isn't just unusual it's magical and the truth is exciting that she ever imaginedWill Willow find that this could be the secret to saving her family or discover that the root of magic could ead them to something greater. This fantastically creative coming of age story is snowy full of magic and intrigue and dives into the power of choice over fate It s the perfect read for upper elementary school and middle school kids Megan G I received a free review copy from the publisher All opinions are my ownTHE ROOT OF MAGIC is an interesting middle grade book about fate free will and family The writing was well done and I was engaged enough to keep reading I wanted to discover the source of the magic in the mysterious town of KismetWhile I enjoyed the book thematically I cannot recommend it to young readers Here s why there are basically two mean girl characters in this book One is described as girl next door what does that mean to you To most readers it will mean white and probably blondeThe other is described as exotic what does that mean to you The exotic character is ater revealed to be dark skinned and is the only character in the book whose skin tone is noted at all She turns out to be the meaner of the twono positive side of her character is ever revealedIt is well documented that people of color
are insulted by being abeled as exotic the definition of which is originating from a foreign country and is often insulted by being Taking Instruction (Taboo, labeled as exotic the definition of which is originating from a foreign country and is often to describe plants and animals not humans And to have the only obvious person of color in the book be the villain is justit s not OKThis was a relatively minor plot point in the book but there is really no excuse for these types of ignorant references to race in children siterature in 2019 It s really a shame because it could have easily been spotted and edited out and the author would have had a fine book The true magic of Language and Linguistics lifeies in those days that are not yet known There is power in choice but how does it relate to fate A fun thought to discuss This short middle grade fiction has a creative storyline magic intrigue a strong protagonist familysibling relationship and topics that are hard but kids can relate to Willow s brother Wisp is sick and the doctors can t solve it The impact his sickness has on his friendships sibling relationship and on his parents is well written This book would make a great bibliotherapy book for kids with a sick sibling To be honest the story for an adult is a bit predictable but I actually didn t mind the predictability bc there was enough intrigue I doubt many kids will be able to predict the storyline Rating 45 starsBest For 9 12 years old 3rd through 6th grade girls of Pages 212Clean Read Yes Worth a Check Out Yes Buy It or Not Maybe If you re ooking for a great story to read with your children or class Read Aloud Yes It could be a great read aloud for 3rd 6th grade The chapters are shorter but the intrigue is there There would be a ot of things you could discuss and talk about With a girl as a main character boys won t pick this book up themselves However I think they d enjoy the storySome favorite uotes Anger and sorrow fill her Love Is a Fairy Tale like baking soda and vinegar thrown together in a glass and about to fizz over Willow doesn t know what to do about these feelings pg 19Battles are usually unexpected And I don tike
Being Unprepared Pg30Nobody Promised You unprepared pg30Nobody promised you when you came into this world girl Cora says And nobody promised you fair on how or when you go out The best you can do is to be prepared pg50view spoilerThe Promise at Dawn lake waters of Kismet Maine may or may not be magical but this night has been filled with magic for her pg97 hide spoiler I received this book through NetGalleyThis thought provoking middle grade book is about fate and the power of choice Willow has. A deeply felt sibling story set in a town where people have a mysterious magical power and one girl is determined to discover what it is for readers of Lauren Myracle and Ingrid Law Willow knows the unknown is scary Especially when yourittle brother has been sick for a ong time an. Become a miniature adult in her family Her younger brother is deathly sick and undiagnosed despite endless tests their mom is obsessed with curing the boy with Willow ignored and their dad has moved out unable to handle anything In the thick one of snowstorm Willow her mom and brother wreck their car but find themselves promptly rescued by people from a small town But Willow is soon unnerved by the weird way townsfolk predict what she will do It s ike magicI really enjoyed this book and I really would have Bangkok Wakes to Rain loved it as a kid Willow is easy to relate to smart complicated and nosy about the town secrets Her family dynamics felt realistic The moral dilemma presented by the book is handled well too It would open up opportunities for deep discussions between kids and adults about what they would choose and why kidlitexchange partner The Root of Magic by Kathleen Benner Duble Releases June 11th 2019 The Root of Magic is written in third person present tense If you can get used to that youl have no problem I had to get used to it but it still in no way distracted me from the plot In The Root of Magic a small family finds themselves stranded by a snowstorm in a town where right away everything feels off In fact to me before I knew what was going on a town where right away everything feels off In fact to me before I knew what was going on felt downright sinister but maybe I ve read too much dark YA The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery lately Everyone acts weird and no one will explain what s going on Willow our young main character ultimately discovers the truth the town itself is magic with a supernatural mind and will of its own and everyone age 13 and up must make a decision They can stay trapped forever by the town and gain the ability to see into the future one day at a time or they caneave and never see their families again The Root of Magic raises the complex issues of our predetermined destinies our free will and how on earth the two can ever coexist On June 11 you can enter this troubling town of secrets and dark magic yourself Thank you kidlitexchange and randomhousekids for the review copy all opinions are my own I oved this book This is a middle grade novel you won t want to missIt s a uiet book with a uiet cover It wasn t released with a ton of fanfare so I could see how most people would pass over this book in favor of something with a bright colorful cover or a book with a ton of hype around it But that would be a mistake This book is beautiful A delight It s kidlitexchange partnerThank you to the kidlitexchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of The Root of Magic by Kathleen Benner Duble This book was released on June 11 2019 Two years ago things changed for Willow when her brother fell ill He has a mysterious illness that doctors haven t been able to figure out In those two years her parents separated as they had differing views of how to care for Wisp Willow s brother The separation is bitter and Willow s mom seems to despise her father and blames him for them being caught in a snow storm During the snow storm their car crashes on a bridge and Wisp Willow and their mom are saved just before their car topples into the icy river below Their rescuers take them to a very small Canadian town called Kismet Willow soon realizes that there is something odd about Kismet and its residents Soon she realizes The Town Is the town is but the magic comes with a choice one that Willow doesn t if she s willing or even capable of making This was an intriguing concept for a book that deals with an important topic free will Willow has a ot on her shoulders and is a character that some readers will. D nobody has been able to figure out why All Willow wants is for her brother to get better and for her her Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? life to go back to normalBut after a bad stroke ofuck Willow and her family find themselves stranded in an unusual town in the middle of nowhere and their ife begins to chang.