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This is our new Mother-Son blog. I am Donna, (Mom), and Lucas is my 13 year old 7th grader. We both love to read and decided to create this blog to write about the books we enjoy. Lucas is very interested in science cannot wait to share his insights about the books he's reading and 7th grade.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


received from NetGalley for review
published by
Bloomsbury USA

synopsis (goodreads)
In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.

The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary—it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!

(by Mom and Lucas)

Imagine a world where muggles are the exception and not the rule!

12 year old Abby lives in a world where having magical  ability is normal.  Without it, you are labeled an 'ord'. An Ordinary person. Lower class.  Abby's siblings are all older and very proficient with magic, but when she is tested...nothing...zip...no magic ability at all.   Bad news for Abby.  Some kids are shunned by their families if they aren't magical, imagine that?   

Abby is sent to a school where she can learn to get by and function is a magical world without magic.  Unfortunately for her, she is in danger.  Treasure hunters try to kidnap Ord kids because they are immune to magical charms.  They can get past the magical dangers.

What a fun book! Great scenes both with and without magic.  It has both a modern and an old world feel about it.  Abby is a great character.

This is an amazing middle grade novel that will be loved by fans of magic and Harry Potter.

from Lucas:  I think both boys and girls will like this book.  I liked Harry Potter but I like this more.  I think I would like a friend like Abby.  Look for this book in your school library, or get it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  You'll be happy you read it!

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