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I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle rade fantasy novel in exchange for a review Navigating the rough 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 leaves the three of them stranded in Kismet Maine with only the clothes they
re wearing theywearing they to rely on the kindness and Skeletons 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 the town s hospital seems to have a promising treatment for Wisp s condition Willow s mom decides to stay in Kismet indefinitelyWillow meets some of the other kids her age that live in Kismet and what she learns about the town s magic only leads to uestions She becomes romantically close to Topher who is about to turn thirteen When kids in this town turn thirteen they are reuired to either accept the magic of the town or leave forever This story will have readers wondering if they would prefer the assurance of always knowing what isoing to happen next even if you re bound to accept the fate that has been shown to you or enjoying the surprises that come your way and somehow finding the courage to face life head on in the face of the unknownThe story moves along pretty uickly and I think that readers who enjoy a little romance with their magical situations will enjoy this book The romance is written appropriately for middle rade students rades 5 8 with hand holding hugging and a kiss or two The book has a So Far from the Sea good climax in which readers will really want to find out what the characters will decide It could alsoenerate some The Wolfs Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge good discussions forroups or pairs that read the book together One of the big uestions posed by The Root of Magic is the difference between fate and free will Fate being that your 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 iven 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 A life that is predictable ordered knowing what to expect with less of the stress of the unknown Yet although it may bring peace of mind what do you ive up in the process What about being spontaneous the joy of surprising someone What are you loosing with knowing tomorrow This is the dilemma that faces Willow when she enters the town of Kismet Something she isn t really fully aware of until she meets Topher Willow s mom s decision seems to be clear she wants the knowledge of tomorrow but in the end its Willow that has to make the choice whether this is a future that she wants Even though Wisp is so ill and she longs for the familiar way things used to be before maybe Willow s also ready to deal with the pain of the unknown I really enjoyed The Root of Magic it pain of the unknown I really enjoyed The Root of Magic it you a lot to ponder and I always enjoy mysterious towns especially during the winterReview copy provided by BlueSlip Media in exchange for an honest review 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 loyalty 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 life 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 land in Kismet things start to change But Willow knows that something odd is happening and she cannot keep her mother from Bible Prophecy 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 motherets swept into the prospect of finding a cure There s plenty Yaratma Cesareti going on in this story. A deeply felt sibling story set in a town where people have a mysterious magical power and oneirl is determined to discover what it is for readers of Lauren Myracle and Ingrid Law Willow knows the unknown is scary Especially when your little brother has been sick for a long time an.
Kathleen Benner Duble ´ 6 SummaryWillow is easy to relate to smart complicated and NOSY ABOUT THE TOWN SECRETS HER FAMILY DYNAMICS FELT about the town secrets Her family dynamics felt 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 The Astral Codex get used to that you ll have no problem I had toet 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 oing on it " In fact to me before I knew what was oing on it downright sinister but maybe I ve read too much dark YA lately Everyone acts weird and no one will explain what s Story of the Liberty Bell 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 andain the ability to see into the future one day at a time or they can leave 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 loved this book This is a middle Fake Mustache 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 aenuine story with a deeper message It s about Willow her brother Wisp and their mother They re traveling home from a hockey Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog game when theyet caught in a blizzard and nearly plunge into a river They are saved by some kind souls and taken to a BB in a small town called Kismet While they wait out the storm and et to know the townspeople better Willow and her family realize that there is something strange about the town This book is a little bit spooky in a few spots but it s not scary I loved the story I loved Willow and her new friend Topher I loved her bravery and her courage She has deep thoughts for a twelve year old and she fights hard to save herself and her family The story raises uestions about fate choices magic family and free will It would be fantastic for a middle school book club family book club or classroom discussionThis isn t a long book It s just over 200 pages so if you want something short magical and completely heartfelt pick this one up It s a uiet em and it s 100% worth the read I highly recommend itContent one innocent kiss malefemaleSource The publisher sent me a copy of this book 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 that the town is magic but the magic comes with a choice one that Willow doesn t know 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 lot on her shoulders and is a character that some readers will connect strongly to Though she loves her brother she feels as if her mom s world revolves solely around Wisp and his illness meaning that she often Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories gets forgotten She raises somereat 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 Drawing Straws grade reader. 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 lead them to somethingreater. .
To keep it engaging Willow s character is well developed and She ives up a lot as any sibling does when a family member faces health concerns and most times it willingly even though you can sense her frustration with all the attention iven Wisp Her friendship with Topher is believable and the bullying from the other Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference girls seems plausible Overall an enjoyable readprobably best for the 5th 7thrade classroom but a ood lesson for anyone pondering fate vs free will For the true magic of life lies in those days that are not yet known This fantastically creative coming of age story is full of magic and intrigue and dives into the
power of choiceof choice 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 rade 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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton girl characters in this book One is described asirl 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 later 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 labeled as exotic the definition of which is originating from a foreign country and is often used 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 s literature 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 life lies 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 After the End 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 areat 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 The Doll and Her Friends (1893) gradeirls of Pages 212Clean Read Yes Worth a Check Out Yes Buy It or Not Maybe If you re looking for a reat story to read with your children or class Read Aloud Yes It could be a reat read aloud for 3rd 6th Nightbane World Book One grade The chapters are shorter but the intrigue is there There would be a lot of things you could discuss and talk about With airl 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 like baking soda and vinegar thrown together in a The All New Jonah Twist glass and about to fizz over Willow doesn t know what to do about these feelings pg 19Battles are usually unexpected And I don t like being unprepared pg30Nobody promised you fair when you came into this worldirl Cora says And nobody promised you fair on how or when you o out The best you can do is to be prepared pg50view spoilerThe 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 rade book is about fate and the power of choice Willow has 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 like magicI really enjoyed this book and I really would have loved it as a kid. D nobody has been able to figure out why All Willow wants is for her brother to Legon Ascension (Legon Series get better and for her her life too back to normalBut after a bad stroke of luck Willow and her family find themselves stranded in an unusual town in the middle of nowhere and their life begins to chang.