Thursday, July 8, 2010

Abby Carnelia's One & Only Magical Power

Abby Carnelia's One & Only Magical Power
by David Pogue

One day, while making a salad and realizing that she was missing an earring, Abby Carnelia discovered that she was special.  Not in that way that all parents thinks their kids are special.  No.  Really, really special.

Abby can spin hard-boiled eggs.  Only hard-boiled eggs.  Only clockwise.  And only if she tugs on both ears at the same time.

Ok.  So it's not much of a trick.  But it is magic... right?

So Abby's parents send her to a new magic camp that's opened up for the summer.  There, Abby discovers the tricks of magic and the fact that she's not alone.  There are others like her.  And people are looking for them.

Can Abby figure out the truth about her power and the people searching for people like her before it's too late?

Final thoughts:  Clever premise.  I enjoyed reading about Abby and her discoveries.  My only complaint with this was that the book's narrator is a writer for the New York Times (no, really, the author is), but the writing itself is stilted and awkward, as if Abby (in 7th grade) had written it instead.  I wish it could have flowed a little better.

Rating: 4/5

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