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Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
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Apr 24, 12

Read in April, 2012

Ordinary Magic is an Middle-grade fantasy novel set in a secondary world that feels very 21st-century - except that in this world, people use magic for almost everything. Making beds, getting breakfast, getting dressed, everything.

It’s Judging Day for twelve-year-old Abby Hale. Her family – siblings, cousins, aunts, and more - have all come to celebrate the festivities. There’s the family dress to wear and her mother’s special necklace. When she heads to the Guild for the Judging, she’s filled with anticipation. Why shouldn’t she be? Once she’s been Judged, she’ll finally be able to use magic like an adult. There’ll be no more waiting for an adult to handle the most basic of things—getting clothes out of the drawers, making her bed, getting the kitchen to cook. Her siblings all did well on their Judging Days, all 5s or higher, with her oldest sister Alexa receiving a very rare 9.

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Rubino-Bradway does a great job working with the awful realities of bigotry, bullies, slavery, and physical challenges all couched in a cute fantasy story. This is a fast-paced, good read about how families often have to cope with the very real struggles of children with challenges, even ones that happen later in their lives. It brings out ugly truths that most of us refuse to acknowledge, but exist in the shadows. It’s a great story – that is obviously part of a series since so many threads are left dangling – but still a good read.
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