Monday, May 14, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner


Waiting for the Magic
by Patricia MacLachlan

Flap Copy description:
People may drift apart,
but love can hold them together.
Sometimes we find that love
through magic.
Sometimes that magic is all
around us.

This is a story about all of these things.
But it's also a story about how four dogs and one cat help one boy and his sister save their family.

My thoughts:
Patricia MacLachlan is a master storyteller; Waiting for the Magic is another heartfelt chapter book by the Newbery Medal Award winner. What makes Ms. MacLachlan's writing so wonderful is that even when it is a simple story, she seems to spin it into a masterpiece! The character development, dialogue, and setting descriptions are superb. For me, it is partly what she doesn't write that is so amazing - she allows the story to speak for itself, never overwriting. I would highly recommend this middle grade chapter book to readers from the ages of 8 - 12.

To learn more about the award-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan, click here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/43625-q--a-with-patricia-maclachlan.html

(For all of you who will be attending the SCBWI Summer Conference this August in Los Angeles, CA -
Patricia MacLachlan is scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers!)

5 comments:

  1. This sounds like just the kind of story I like best. Thanks so much for recommending it, Victoria.

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  2. Thanks,Ruth. It has been so helpful to read books by a number of MG authors, since that's the genre I write. Ms. MacLachlan is amazing. Take care ~

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  3. How fun! A story about how 4 dogs and 1 cat help save a family. Middle grade kids (and writers) would love to read this!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. What is so endearing about this story is that the animals can communicate with humans, but only when their hearts are ready - it's lovely.

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  4. I love her writing. Allowing a story to speak for itself is tricky, but she masters this. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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