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Copper Magic

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel comes brilliantly to life.
The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand—beside the stream where her mother used to har
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Starscape/Tor
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Debbie
May 27, 2014 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In Copper Magic, twelve-year-old Violet Blake is digging by a stream near her house in Michigan and finds a "talisman" -- a copper hand that she comes to call "the Hand." Violet feels that this hand has some kind of power. She thinks she can use it to make wishes come true. Course, her first wish (for a new dress) does come true (actually she gets TWO new dresses), so she's thinking about how she'll use it to get her mom and little brother back home. Her mother is half Odawa.

Well, it turns out t
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Aimee
Jun 11, 2014 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this book, I love books filled with magic and this one sounded interesting. Unfortunately I ended up struggling to finish it. The plot was boring and the story just never seemed to go anywhere. There was really no magic included in the book at all, just a copper hand that may or may not have granted wishes.

I was hoping that some Native American history would be included, but there were only a few brief moments in the book that history was mentioned at all. Most o
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Evie
Copper Magic tells the story of Violet, a 12-year-old girl who lives with her father on a small farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor. Violet's mother and baby brother are missing. Her mother went away, and though she promised to come back, she never did. Violet suspects she might be dead. ("There was no way around it. Georgia Blake had surely departed the earth. She wouldn't have left the radium silk if she hadn't intended on coming back, or the wine-colored jacket, or the white shirtwaist she ...more
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

Disappointing. I haven't read a lot of middle grade novels and I'm always looking for new things and this one sounded quite interesting so I put in request, if I got approved, great, if I didn't no big deal. I was approved. Started off interestingly enough, Violet was a mildly ingesting heroine with a clearly smart mind and seemed quite older than her twelve years.

But as the novel progressed I found it rather dull. The story was very slow and centres around Viole
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Hillary
Jun 09, 2014 Hillary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-books-2014
I'm breaking my review into two parts- how my review would have gone as an 11 year old, and what I think of it's literary merit as an adult.

1) Through a child's eye, I can see some appeal. Though the title is a little lackluster, I loved magic books at that age and would probably have picked it off the shelf.
Violet is well characterized, with a reverent appreciation for the unknown that's contrasted in her father's worldview. When she finds a copper hand in the woods, she recognizes its magica
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Bibliotropic
(Full review here: http://bibliotropic.net/2014/06/16/co...)

I think it says a lot when you read a book and you can’t tell that the one who write is was making their debut with said novel. With the exception of the obvious “be careful what you wish for” lesson, this book was damn near flawless, and I know it’s going to be one that I read again in the future. Gibson is an author to keep an eye on, and I highly recommend Copper Magic to those who are looking for an uncommonly mature YA novel that b
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Karen
Jun 25, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
While I understand that the main character, Violet, is twelve years old, the whole story came across as immature.

Perhaps twelve year olds were different in the early 1900's, but Violet acted overly mature in some scenes, then hopelessly childish in others. And the whole 'liar' thing fell flat. She starts the book telling us what a fantastic liar she is, then hardly lies throughout the book. When she does lie, it's even obvious to her how weak and easily broken the lie is. And her friend kept fo
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Priyanka
May 24, 2014 Priyanka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Copper Magic was a good book with amazing characters. It appealed to me because one of the main characters was a photographer and I really like photography. This book has very few characters but the author spends a lot of time developing them.

P.S.: This book was an ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

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Violet is a girl who lives in a cottage wit
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Bella
Feb 26, 2014 Bella rated it really liked it
***I am giving this one a 3.5 Star!
***I received this book for the Around the World ARC Tours for an honest review!


We I was happy to get this one, I loved the cover and the blurb seemed like it would be a good one! I Have to say it was a little young for me, I think it for sure is a younger read and the middle grade readers who love a journey will fall for this one!


Copper magic is about a 12-year-old girl named Violet Blake uncovering an ancient cooper hand. She believes this hand has magic and
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Myriam Valmeus
May 30, 2014 Myriam Valmeus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 11 and Up
I recieved this book from the First Reads program. I was ecstatic to win this book in the giveaway because it seemed like a story that was worthwhile. You can be sure that i was even more excited when it arrived the next day in the mail. Which was today. I read the WHOLE book in one sitting as soon as i opened the package. It's listed for $18 in the US and $19 in Canada (*hardcover edition*). I loved all the characters. At first i felt that Violet's father was sort of a crazy bum but in the end ...more
Caitlin
Jun 27, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Copper Magic, I couldn't put it down. Within the first chapter I was hooked, the characters, the mystery, and the small town located on Lake Michigan came to life....and I read it straight through.

Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson is an absolutely charming new novel. A great story, wonderful characters and a delightfully drawn tale.

In this day and age we are inundated with stories of magic, this one is delightfully different. The story weaves wonderful characters, the spunky and feisty Vi
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Joan Walden
Jul 10, 2014 Joan Walden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well written and suitable for anyone--young or ripe--who enjoys a good story. It is the tale of a pre-teen girl whose mother and baby brother have left her and her father to fend for themselves in a cabin in the woods in the early years of the 20th century. The girl's mounting frustration and desire to have them return, and the copper hand that has the potential to make this wish happen, are at the center of the story. Details about native American culture and lore dating back ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Violet Blake has been living with just her father on their farm for months now, ever since her mother took her baby brother Francis (aka Fry) and left. Violet doesn't know why she left, when she's coming back and is actually starting to believe that both her Mom and her brother are actually dead. Twelve year old Violet is stuck between a child and a teenager, outgrowing her shabby clothes and trying to stay a kid, but being forced into responsibility be her meddling Aunt. The property down by th ...more
Sabrina
I enjoyed this book even though it was more middle grade school than YA but it’s still a great read and I’m sure the younger kids will love the adventure in this book.

We meet Violet who is a 12 year old girl who finds a copper hand and believes the magic it holds will bring back her fractured family together. But when playing with magic especially old magic things don’t always go the way you plan.

As I said earlier I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and I did enjoy the journey that
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Yapha
Violet Blake is angry at her mother for heading north with her little brother and deserting Violet and her father. In her anger, she sets out to bury a pile of her mother's clothes. While digging the hole, she finds an ancient grave and a magical looking copper hand. When her first wishes come true on this hand, she believes she has found a powerful magical item. Taking place in a summer resort town on Lake Michigan in 1906, this is a story about the power of wishes, as well as having the streng ...more
LCL Children'S
When Violet Blake discovers a Native American relic in the woods near her home, she little expects the changes that are about to take place in her own life. The flat copper hand seems to show her glimpses of the past. When a wish she makes while holding the hand comes true, she starts wondering if the hand really is magical -- and when it is taken from her, she is determined to do anything to get it back.

This book has a lot going for it, but it fell short in a few ways, for me. I thought the cha
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Teresa
Aug 14, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

When young Violet finds a copper hand buried in the sand, she knows to be before something powerful, something magical. Wielding magic can only mean one thing: she will get what she wants: her mother and brother back, her father's trees to grow just fine, some money in her pocket, and that pretty dress she's been enamoured with. All she has to do is treat the Hand as it should, show it how nice a girl she is and it will reward
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Set in 1906,a young girl named Violet Blake has been having a hard time. Her mother decided to up and leave, taking Violet’s younger brother with her and not explaining to anyone where she was going or why. Violent eventually stumbles upon a mystical artifact, a copper hand, which she believes holds power and magic. It is something new and exciting and when it is take from her along with all hope that her mother will return, she is faced with what could be both life-changing and dangerous decis ...more
Dana
Dec 21, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While desperately missing her mother and little brother, who have left for somewhere and for reasons unknown to her,, twelve year old Violet unearths an old Indian grave and finds a copper hand within it. She is one quarter native American herself and she sees a vision when she finds the hand and is sure it is magic. She wants the magic hand to bring her mother and brother back to her, but even magic may not be able to do that. Set in 1906, this is a nice historical novel for middle grade kids. ...more
Sylvia Walker
I enjoyed the novel's strong sense of place, Lake Michigan and the small town, and the main character's, Violet's, small, failing farm. The characters were real enough that I found myself loathing the aunt, Aunt Phyllis, and liking a secondary character, Mercy Jerusha Rankin, better than Violet. There may or may not be magic in the copper hand, a Native American artifact, able to grant wishes, but Violet believes that there is. A novel of family and abandonment and betrayal, as well as love and ...more
Susan
Aug 28, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always a pleasure to read a well-wrought book with vivid characters. Particularly more so when it is written by a dear friend ( alleviating the anxiety of what to do if you don't love the book as much as the friend). Here, there is no discongruity - I would love this book no matter who wrote it. Strong, clearly drawn interesting characters, set in place that is so palpable and present. The magical element is skillfully intertwined and the perspective of the young protagonist rings very tru ...more
Rabiah
May 22, 2015 Rabiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour, historical
**3.5/4 stars**

Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

I haven’t read much about the USA during this time period, so this was a really interesting and different read for me. It felt like reading one of those timeless classics, such as the Little House books, especially the descriptions of helping out at home and on the farm. I really liked how the author really explored roles and professions at the time, as well as the general public’s view and relations with the Native Ame
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Stephanie Ward
'Copper Magic' is a beautiful tale full of history, love, regret, and magic. The story follows our young heroine - Violet - as she lives her simple life in the year 1906. Her mother and baby brother disappeared months ago, and Violet doesn't think they're coming back. Now it's just Violet and her father, trying their hardest to make a decent life in the small town of Pigeon Harbor. When Violet comes across a mysterious copper hand buried in the woods, she starts to believe that it's magic. After ...more
Alysa H.
Sep 06, 2014 Alysa H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a beautifully written MG/YA historical novel that captures its chosen place and time -- Lake Michigan, 1906 -- with a lot of heart. 12 year old Violet is a very likeable POV character, and the story generally touches upon issues like racism, depression, and loss with a level of gravitas that I feel is appropriate for the age of the target audience, subtly weaving its messages into a narrative that has just a touch of magical realism. There are also a ton of great female characters, inclu ...more
Mathew Whitney
Apr 24, 2015 Mathew Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the goodreads first-reads program.

Copper Magic is listed as a middle-grade book, meaning it is intended for that age group which is likely done with the children's books, but not quite ready for those young adult books. The high point here is that this one, like the best of the young adult books, doesn't feel like it was written down to the audience. However, I would warn that most parents may want to read this for themselves to determine whether their children are read
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Cecilia Rodriguez
The story takes place off Lake Michigan in 1906. Violet Blake is twelve years old and of mixed race.
In the afterword, Gibson explains how a real-life experience inspired her to write Violet's story.
The themes of prejudice and the corresponding injustice are woven into a haunting story of a young girl who's mother and baby brother are missing.
Gibson is detailed and creates well-rounded characters.
I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.
Kelly
The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman…

This middle grade novel is a great example of magical realism through nature. By that, I mean that the story feels magical, but where this is created by the natural world being personified as well as through the actual plot and events. This shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the author, Julia Mary Gibson, openly acknowledges the sense of magic in the area the book was base
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Jenn
Nov 23, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I'd left this book for last, as I'm not a fan of historical fiction. Turns out this is fantasy/magical realism, NOT historical fiction, and that's my fave type of book. Violet is a little flat, but a good narrator, and her passion for family, magic, helping is awesome.
Mara
Jul 27, 2014 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MG historical rich with detail and fascinating characters. A bit long in places, but stellar writing and a great look at magic, family, racism and culture.

"If there's magic anywhere, can't it make miracles, can't it undo? Or is magic just what children hope for when there's no use in even hoping?" (p.310)

"... but all the sadness I had ever known was but a drop in the boundless grief of ages, and I was a basin overfull and spilling over." (p.315)
Mrs.
Very slow beginning. The second half of the book is where the story picked up and I wanted to finish reading it. The Greenstone chapters are confusing. If you can hang in there for the first 100 pages and you are a female, this book might be for you.
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