I knew this book would be something special, in fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say that this book will be much talked about for 2014. In fact, I will even go as far as say that this is going to end up on a lot of top 10 lists and who knows what honors it will receive…The thing is this book is magical, pure and simple. While some consider it a :girl book” (gosh I hate that term) I think all students will love the story, the characters and the magic that happens in this book. The story snatches your attention right away as we are introduced to Felicity and then quickly spins its web around you, compelling you to read just one more page before you go to sleep. I couldn’t help but think what a great read aloud this would be as well, this is definitely on the contender list for Global Read Aloud.
Bottomline: A must add to any classroom 3rd grade and up.
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.
Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.