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Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power

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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  331 ratings  ·  90 reviews
SILLY MAGICAL POWERS, KIDS ON THE RUN. In a whimsical debut novel from the popular
technology writer.

One day, Abby Carnelia, ordinary sixth grader, realizes she has a magical power. Okay, it’s not a fancy one (she can make a hard-boiled egg spin by tugging on her ears). But it’s the only one she has, and it’s enough to launch her into an adventure where she meets a host of
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press (first published April 1st 2010)
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Monica!
I hate to be Meh about Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power, especially since it was recommended to me by a particularly breathless nine year old, who has read the book at least ten times and thinks Abby Carnelia is the coolest person evah… but I’m a little Meh about it. I blame the vaguely vapid writing, and my innate sarcasm towards any book that suggests that Everyone Is A Little Bit Magic.

But the sarcasm part, at least, is my own fault! So let’s focus on the good things.

This is a fair
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Colleen Venable
One of the sweetest, most thought provoking middlegrade novels I've read in a long time! The premise is that we all have some magic power however dumb and completely useless. Like saaaay spinning an egg with earlobe tugs or maybe even levitating a quarter of an inch, but ONLY if we are thinking about Bison....walking backwards...wearing...um...diapers? Most people never find their magical power...but this book is about a group of kids who do. A devouring read. Each chapter ended with a sentence ...more
Thurston Hunger
The boys seemed to like this one, and it planted an early seed of corporate distrust, assuming they did not take this as a pity party for Big Pharma and their struggles to make billions off pills.

Anyways, its hard to argue with the idea that all kids are special, and having it set loosely against a back drop of magic (I wouldn't read this strictly for a kid who is fascinated by magic, as that is a small part of the story). Pogue's humor got a few chortles out of the boys, but keep in mind they a
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Samma Lynne
Actual rating: 3.5

Great concept. The ending and explanation of the framing device saved it from being a straight 3, but it still felt a bit flat in many places.
Urs
I have read several of David Pogue’s technology and computer books, as well as many of his articles. He is a good writer who provides useful information in a very readable and sometimes humorous format. Still, who knew that he could write a decent children’s book, too?

In this book, Abby Carnelia discovers that she has a special power, although a seemingly useless one. She goes to a ritzy magic camp to try to learn more about her power, and eventually ends up in a super camp with campers that hav
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Joshua
What a odd but nice little story... Reminded me in the second half of the limit... What a great message and what a great activity you could do with this book with an elementary class as a brainbreak... Maybe even as a science experiment...
Addison Children
Abby isn't very interested in magic, but when she accidentally discovers she can make a hard-boiled egg spin by tugging on her earlobes, she thinks perhaps she should sign up for magic camp to see if she can get some explanations. She doesn't get any explanations, but she does get selected for super magic camp along with a girl who can levitate a inch by thinking of buffalo running backwards wearing diapers, and a boy who can fog glass by counting in Spanish by twos while inhaling. When they ar ...more
Honey Asher
This is the most AMAZING BOOK EVER!
Like I read this book 2 years ago and I forgot the title..
I searched for 4 hours straight looking for it because yes it's seriously that AWESOME!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE PLOT!
This book is perfect for everyone!
To unleash your powers you have to do the most unusual -est thing like Pull on both your earlobes
(Can't say anything else because I don't want to spoil anything)
Just trust me on this one..
If it's a rainy day and you so happen to have the book...
Then you a
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Minervaking
Abby considers herself an average middle schooler until the day she discovers that she has a magical power. It seems insignificant and a little silly, but no one else can do it. She can spin an egg just by touching her earlobes and focusing on the egg. She finds out about a summer camp for kids who want to learn to do magic and decides to go because it might help her find out more about her power and maybe meet other kids with powers, too. She finds out that the camp is not exactly what she was ...more
Connie
This is a good story with some beginner writing problems, but I'm going to spend a few paragraphs saying what I just said. It'll be fun!

Now, first things first, let me, uh, disclaim that I have an advance reader's copy. It says right on the back that this is an "uncorrected proof" that "should not be quoted without comparison with the finished book". Fair enough. I don't *have* a copy of the finished book, so I'm going to just go ahead and quote from this one anyway. It's possible that everythin
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Kate
Maybe this review isn't entirely objective because I didn't finish the book. But since I am reviewing the audiobook version, I think it's only fair to warn potential listeners: good grief, is this insufferable. Pogue should never have performed this himself; it is read gratingly, in an overdramatic tone of voice, and it doesn't help that Pogue's natural speaking voice is a bit hard to listen to. Abby's father's voice and her camp counselor's in particular were brutal to listen to.

I took this aud
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Amanda
I listened to the audio book read by David Pogue himself and found it to be pretty enjoyable. He isn't the best reader I've come across but he does a pretty god job of doing voices and conveying the story in an interesting way.

In her kitchen, while helping her mother make a salad, Abby Carnelia discovers her one and only magical power. Her power isn't something exciting or useful and she really can't believe that she has it. After a few days, she comes to terms with her new found "power" but fee
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melissa1lbr
Things I Liked:
This book was a lot of fun to read. Abby was a regular girl, until she discovers her power. But, she still felt very much like your average tween looking to figure stuff out. The magical aspect of the book will appeal to fans of Savvy and The Girl Who Could Fly and the humor and fun will appeal to everyone else. A sweet and silly book that will have kids wishing they could figure out what their odd power is.

Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit, the book seemed pretty forgettable (
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Debbie Tanner
This is one of our Sunshine State Young reader books this year and I did not love it. It's about a girl who discovers she has a completely useless magical power. She wants to figure out if she's the only person on the planet with a skill like hers so she goes to a magic camp where she's sent to a second magic camp for people with talents like hers. However, it turns out the camp isn't all it's supposed to be. I liked the premise but I thought it was badly written.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Abby Carnelia wasn't looking for magic. It appeared before with a simple tug of an earlobe. After tugging her earlobe, a hard boiled egg spun around. It's different, it's freaky. Did other kids have such powers?

Abby's journey is amusing. If readers enjoy everyday magic, this would be an excellent read to pass along. If readers are more into fantasy magic, this selection would be easy to pass up. The best part of the book would be the author's notes at the end of the story. I wish his notes would
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First Second Books
One of the sweetest, most thought provoking middlegrade novels I've read in a long time! The premise is that we all have some magic power however dumb and completely useless. Like saaaay spinning an egg with earlobe tugs or maybe even levitating a quarter of an inch, but ONLY if we are thinking about Bison....walking backwards...wearing...um...diapers? Most people never find their magical power...but this book is about a group of kids who do. A devouring read. Each chapter ended with a sentence ...more
Chelsea
Abby Carnelia is a special kid. While helping her mother make lunch one day, she discovers she can make a hard-boiled egg spin simply by tugging on her ears. In support of this new talent, her parents send her to the prestigious Camp Cadabra to learn more about magic. Once there, she meets other kids just like her. But it soon becomes clear that something at the camp is not quite right. Abby and her new friends need to figure out exactly what is going on... before it's too late!

This book is tota
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Heather
The story itself is cute, but more than the plot I enjoyed the message of the book: Given the right environment, the right "magical" conditions so to speak, every child can discover their power, what makes them special, what they can do that no one else can, and ultimately their uniqueness. As a teacher, my mission should be to create that environment every day for each of my students.
Fanny
Girl discovers she has a useless power mainly she can make only hard boiled eggs spin by pulling back her earlobes. She attends a magic camp to find people like her with useless powers, she gets noticed by one of the workers there when she performs in front of the camp. She and her friend Ben who helped her with the trick get sent away to a special camp for kids just like them, luxurious yet there's something off about it. Naturally there are guards, doors that unlock only from the outside, and ...more
Book Banshee Reviews
This novel was, in a word, adorable.

Despite a too-short, sticky-toffee-pudding ending about how everyone is special in their own way, the actual meat of the story was engaging, endearing, and hilarious. Pogue’s narrative voice manages to poke fun at the often ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in, but renders his characters so that they have an acute sense of this ridiculousness. As a result, the novel is never slapstick in its comedy.

I was slightly put off by the frame of the
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John
Ages 10+.

A fun and "safe" read for kids. Abby Carnelia discovers that she has a magical ability, unfortunately it's not a terribly impressive one. She can make a hard boiled egg spin if she pulls on both her earlobes.

She soon finds out she's not alone, there are other kids out there with magical abilities but they all seem to be as unspectacular as her own.

There are bad guys, challenges and finally a big finish that proves that no matter how small you think your abilities are they can make a dif
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Enaara Jariwalla
I read this book in like 6th grade and I thought it was the most coolest book ever made. You know, after Junie B Jones. But still, I literally loved this book. If you have little kids if you house hold, then I would totally recommend this to them. #nospoilers
Reading Vacation
I loved the idea of kids having magical powers. In fact, it makes me wonder if everyone has some sort of magical power inside of them just waiting to be found. Abby had to tug on her ears while looking at a hard-boiled egg to make the egg spin. The funniest one was a girl who had to think of a bison walking backwards in a diaper to make her power appear. All of the powers were pretty useless, but that is part of what made the story so fun to read.
The story turned more serious when the drug comp
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Julie G Snow
Power

I was surprised when Abby found out that she had a power I thought that was pretty cool and then all her friends got powers I liked Eliza's power the best I think levitating is cool
Avacasper13
Jan 11, 2015 Avacasper13 is currently reading it
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I think that it is a great book so far and it should allow you to read the book on here..... :(
I hope that happens soon because I NEED TO READ IT ONLINE SONN!
Jen
SSYRA book number five. I liked it well enough, but there wasn't anything unique driving the story. It'll be interesting to see if my 3rd-5th graders like it next year.
Tracy
This was a harmless story with an odd ending. Abby, an 11 year old girl, accidentally discovers she can make a hard boiled egg spin when she looks at it while tugging on her earlobes. And...that's pretty much it. She wants to figure out why she can do this, so she goes to magic camp. The magic camp is normal at first, but when camp counselors notice Abby's special power, things start to get weird.

Not sure if this is a spoiler, but her magic is never explained, other than the author saying "ther
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Janell
Mom recommended this as a funny book that her daughter really enjoyed. Could work for Mother/daughter.
Adriana
I was expecting something cute and fluffy when I picked up this book. It's not cute and fluffy. I was, in fact, horrified. This is not a children's book like The Penderwicks is a children's book. It's more like Harry Potter is a children's book, Harry Potter references not withstanding.
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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music)

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“If you really want to be totally accurate about it, the day that really changed Abby's life wasn't the day she discovered her power.
It was the day Ben sang to her in the Telekinesis lab.”
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“I actually prefer Abby," she said.
"I'm sorry?"
"Nobody calls me Abigail unless it's my mom and she's mad.”
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