The Root of Magic



The Root of Magic 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 Your Little Brother Has Been Sick For A Long Time And Nobody Has Been Able To Figure Out Why All Willow Wants Is For Her Brother To Get Better And For Her Her Life To Go Back To Normal.But 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 Change 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 Imagined.Will Willow Find That This Could Be The Secret To Saving Her Family Or Discover That The Root Of Magic Could Lead Them To Something Greater

Kathleen Benner Duble had sixteen car accidents before she was twenty one Being an at home writer keeps her from hitting the road or anyone else She is the author of eight books for children Kathleen loves digging for unique historical fiction plotlines and encouraging students and lovers of books to look for great stories right in their own backyard

[ Reading ] ➶ The Root of Magic  Author Kathleen Benner Duble – Oldtimertips.us
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Root of Magic
  • Kathleen Benner Duble
  • 02 September 2017
  • 9780525578505

10 thoughts on “The Root of Magic

  1. Beth Cato says:

    I received this book through NetGalley.This thought provoking middle grade 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 magic.I really enjoyed this book, and I really would have 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.

  2. Scottsdale Public Library says:

    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.

  3. Jana says:

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade 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 source.When an unexpected New England winter storm leaves 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 the town s hospital seems to have a promising treatment for Wisp s condition, Willow s mom decides to stay in Kismet indefinitely.Willow meets some of the other kids her age that live in Kismet, and what she learns about the town s magic only leads to questions She becomes romantically close to Topher, who is about to turn thirteen When kids in this town turn thirteen, they are required 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 is going 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 unknown.The story moves along pretty quickly, 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 grade students grades 5 8 with hand holding, hugging, and a kiss or two The book has a good climax in which readers will really want to find out what the characters will decide It could also generate some good discussions for groups or pairs that read the book together.

  4. M.L. Little says:

    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, you ll 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, it felt downright sinister, but maybe I ve read too much dark YA 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 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.

  5. Tracy says:

    I received a free review copy from the publisher All opinions are my own.THE 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 Kismet.While 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 blonde.The 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 revealed.It 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 OK.This 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.

  6. Brenda says:

    One of the big questions 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 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 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 give 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 gives you a lot to ponder and I always enjoy mysterious towns, especially during the winter Review copy provided by BlueSlip Media in exchange for an honest review

  7. Megan - Alohamora Open a Book says:

    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 grade fiction has a creative storyline, magic, intrigue, a strong protagonist, family sibling 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, b c there was enough intrigue I doubt many kids will be able to predict the storyline Rating 4 5 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 looking 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 lot 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 story.Some favorite quotes Anger and sorrow fill her, 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 19 Battles are usually unexpected And I don t like being unprepared pg30 Nobody promised you fair 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 pg50 view spoiler The lake waters of Kismet, Maine, may or may not be magical, but this night has been filled with magic for her pg97 hide spoiler

  8. Kate Waggoner says:

    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 gets forgotten She raises some great questions about motivation and why we do what we do whether it is for ourselves or someone else She also questions 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.

  9. michelle says:

    Thank you to Blue Slip Media for a review copy All opinions are my own.Willow and her family sans father find themselves in Kismet, Vermont after nearly going off a bridge during a snowstorm Willow s younger brother is very sick, though the doctors can t figure out what is actually wrong with him While their mother initially wants to get back on the road as quickly as possible, there is a magical undertone to the town that is luring her in.Willow knows that something is off about the town the moment they get there Cora, the woman who owns the BB, makes up a room for 3, including a roll away bed with a bucket next to it in case Wisp gets sick In the morning, Cora gets Willow grapefruit juice, an unusual choice, before she even asks for it Somehow everyone is always one step ahead of them Willow tries to go along with it and gets enjoyment out of a friendship with young Topher, whose mother is the town doctor and who is trying to help Wisp.When the truth comes out, Willow faces the question of whether knowing what the next day holds is a good thing or a bad thing Should we follow what is out fate or should we be able to have free will over our own lives Both Willow and Topher struggle with the question and the painful choice that if they don t want to adhere to the town secret, they must leave and never see their families again The story is somewhat dark, but engaging just the same For 8 12 year olds who enjoy a little bit of magic with their stories, this is a good choice.

  10. Dena (Batch of Books) says:

    I loved this book This is a middle grade novel you won t want to miss.It s a quiet book with a quiet 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 a genuine story with a deeper message It s about Willow, her brother Wisp, and their mother They re traveling home from a hockey game when they get 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 get 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 questions about fate, choices, magic, family, and free will It would be fantastic for a middle school book club, family book club, or classroom discussion.This 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 quiet gem and it s 100% worth the read I highly recommend it Content one innocent kiss male female.Source The publisher sent me a copy of this book.

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