Millicent's Gift
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Millicent's Gift

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Millicent's fourteenth birthday won't be an ordinary day. In her family, turning fourteen means receiving a magical Gift: the ability to make one wish in life that will come true. But Millicent isn't sure she's ready for that kind of power. As her birthday draws closer, she realizes more and more how dangerous her magic is, and how difficult the choices ahead will be. Stru...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002)
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This book is a departure from Rinaldi's usual format, as it is not a historical novel. Rather, it is fiction revolving around a family that has many magical gifts. Initially, I was disappointed in the story line, as I really enjoy Rinaldi's historical fiction, but if the story is taken separately from her usual style, it is actually very good. Millicent learns many lessons in learning to use her Power, including the balance between good and evil, the importance of keeping the family unit strong,...more
Terrible cover, pretty good book about a family with supernatural powers and the trouble that causes in getting along in their very small town. Millicent has been homeschooled all her life, and I would find her earnestness and naivite unrealistic, but she's just like other homeschooled teens that I have met. Liked the characters and the sense of impending disaster, but it was a bit too earnest for me.
Linda Lipko
Purchased for ten cents at my local library sale table, this was a quick, easy, breezy read that held nothing in depth. I didn't have a lot of energy today and this YA book fit the bill for something that didn't take a lot of time or analysis

A 14 year old girl holds magical powers inherited from her mother and aunts and in order to save her brother she must make a decision.
Gnomy Twerpening
Millicent's Gift was much a deeper book than I figured it would be.

It teaches a lot about family, trust, and life in general.

I loved the book because it really touched me how Millicent was so caring for her family and still kept up with the stress of training for her gift of one wish.

Mar 08, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pre-teen and teen girls
Its a bit startling to read something in a more modern era from Ann Rinaldi, but it was an entertaining read. In this time when the paranormal is becoming increasingly popular in young adult fiction, I wager that many pre-teen and teen girls would enjoy this novel.
May 17, 2008 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a small plot twist
This book was interesting. At first the plot looked like it was going in one direction, then the last four chapters it changed for the better. it was a good read. took me a few days.
A mix of magic and the real world makes this an interesting read. A lot more complex than I anticipated.
Really the only one I've read by this author that I didn't like. I didn't finish it.
Simple enough with a simple ending. Easy read that took me a day to finish
I really like Ann Rinaldi, this one looked interesting
not my favorite book in the world.
Did not finish.
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Ann Rinaldi (b. August 27, 1934, in New York City) is a young adult fiction author. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was lis...more
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