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Upside-Down Magic

(Upside-Down Magic #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,061 ratings  ·  517 reviews
From New York Times bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits.

Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Scholastic Inc.
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Schizanthus Nerd
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nory is ten and desperately wants to pass the Big Test to gain entry to the elite Sage Academy where her father, Dr Horace, is the principal. Her brother, Hawthorn, who is sixteen and a Flare, and her sister, Dalia, who is thirteen and a Fuzzy, both attend Sage. The problem is that Nory’s magic goes wonky. When she tries to turn into a cute black kitten she does, sort of. Except her kitten becomes a bitten; half kitten, half beaver, and the beaver part of her wants nothing more than to chew wood ...more
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Upside Down Magic is a very special book. I went into it expecting to like it but I ended up loving it. It’s a cute little children’s book but at the same time it is so much more than that.

I would like to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE that this book is so diverse! There are so many people of color in this book and seeing that made me happy!

But also there was magic in this book so obviously it was going to be great. There wasa
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nory doesn't fit into the straight world of one of 5 distinct types of magic. It's a stupidly straight-laced world & her father figure has a stick up his bum second to none. There is one way to do everything & anything outside of the norm is awful. Of course, Nory wants to fit in, especially to please her father.

Luckily, she winds up getting in with some decent people & finding out that it's OK to be different. That's the entire theme of the book - lots of diversity throughout &
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has worked in special education and with children of multiple ethnicities, I immediately read deeper into Upside-Down Magic than most people. Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins are mad brilliant. They took a girl’s worries about being different and forced her to accept them instead of following the typical narrative of self-discovery and being mainstreamed and everyone liking her, they were much more realistic with how they handled the politics of education and the ...more
Stormy Summer
Warriors Rp!!!!

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Caryn Caldwell
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Nory has serious magic troubles. While other kids her age can turn into kittens, beavers, skunks, or elephants, Nory can never hold one animal at a time. Instead, she always ends up becoming a "bitten" (beaver + kitten) or "skunkephant" (skunk + elephant) or some other unlikely combination. Her uncontrollable skills land her in a special class filled with other kids who have "wonky" magic of their own -- exactly what she doesn't need if she ever wants to be accepted as normal. But it turns out ...more
This was such an adorable book that deals with issues of fitting in. I'm so glad that I took the opportunity to actually listen to it on audiobook. It's great for kids who are having problems fitting in or so desperately want to fit in with everyone else around them. The main character was adorable and it was great to see how much she learned about herself towards the end of the book. I think this is a great series for children who are interested in magic or prefer books that take place at ...more
Amy Plum
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kids and I loved this book. It had us laughing out loud.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
In my eyes, Sarah Mlynowski can do no wrong. We have another winner with Upside-Down Magic! If you enjoyed her Magic in Manhattan series then you will love this one as well. I can see me reading this book with my daughter when she's old enough to see if she will also enjoy the Magic in Manhattan series, as well as Harry Potter.

LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT! I can't wait for the second book to come out!
Ms. Yingling
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Nory's father is the principal of Sage Academy, the premier school for magic that her brother and sister attend. When Nory auditions for a spot, her "wonky" magic leads to her cute black kitten turning into something that the admission board does not appreciate. She gets sent to live with her Aunt Margo, and attends the local school, but in the Upside-Down Magic unit with other children whose magic doesn't work quite right. She makes friends with Elliot,
Super didactic but cute for the 7-8 year old crowd.
The Library Lady
Three authors may be too many. This is incredibly predictable and extremely didactic, right down to the carefully selected ethnic blend of the classmates. Adequate but no more.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*My 11 year old daughter, Eleanor (El) wrote this review. I'll intersperse my thoughts throughout using an asterisk.*

I recommended Upside Down Magic to Dad a few years ago, and he's finally listened to it on Hoopla. He listened to it because he couldn't find the one he was looking for. *Night, by Elie Wiesel* I said, half joking, that I would recommend the book I was listening to, but I thought he'd think it was too girly. *The Mother Daughter Book Club* He looked it up and was going to listen
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer reading program with my daughter. We both loved it - a great message of inclusion, diversity and understanding of strengths. It's a fun one to read out loud together.
Lisa Marie
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, 2019-adult
A very cute, enjoyable read about struggling to fit in. I will definitely recommend to lovers of magic!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy, 2018
Ok Kit, you were right. This is delightful! It may seem like it's a fluffy chapter book and it is, but it's so stuffed with charm and deep thoughts and humor that I'm not even mad. I had a blast reading this little guy, and I would read more. Original and happy and has room for lernin'. Yay!
A cute juvenile novel my 9 year old niece told me was the BEST.

There are five types of magic and strict rules on how to follow them. Nory can’t her her magic to work right, she would start as a kitten and the grow dragon wings. Or turn into an elephant-skunk combo. She fails the entrance to her dads magic school, and goes to live with her aunt and attend school for kids with wonky magic.

It’s got a lot of lessons on acceptance without being preachy and having a good sense of humor. It’s a good
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins is one of the best book I have ever read. In this amazing world, there are five different types of magic: Flares, Flickers, Flyers, Fuzzies and Fluxers. Flares use fire magic, Flickers make themselves and other things invisible, Flyers ( you guessed it ) fly, while Fuzzies do animal magic and Fluxers turn into animals.

In this book, Nory is turned down from Sage Academy and joins the Upside Down Magic ( UDM ) class in
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
One of my 9 yr old's recent favorites. This started as a read-aloud but she was so engaged that she took the book and finished it on her own (this never happens). I read it a few days later. It is a cute story and a fairly easy middle grades read. Nory lives in a world where magic exists and kids get their powers just before middle school. Some kids have magic that is "wonky" (doesn't work the way that is expected) and end up in a special class. As you can imagine there is a lot of humor ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nory has wonky magic despite her best efforts to control it. Can she be like her brother, sister and father whose magic fits into society's norms?

This fantastic chapter book has a diverse cast of characters and speaks to the bullying and prejudice that children with disabilities--learning or otherwise--face on a daily basis. This topic is not heavy-handed, but obvious, and is dealt with sensitivity and aplomb. This is truly a series I confidently recommend for its excellent writing as well as
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an awesome book. It's about magic or more more about Nory whose magic is "wonky". Everyone has a power that fits into one of 5 different categories, only Nory's doesn't and her father, a widower, who is also the dean of the prestigious Sage Academy does not approve of her. He sends her to live with her Aunt Margo, she can attend a different school there that has a special class for "wonky magic users" called Upside-down Magic class. This is an adorable story that shows kids it's not ...more
Nicholai Vidanes
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves to be published by Scholastic Inc. because it is remarkable. The words used in the book are strong. The book is remarkable because it is relatable and it has a diverse cast of characters. It also speaks about bullying and prejudice of children with disabilities. This book relates to me because I am still trying to fit in and make new friends. Since this book is a series, I will continue reading it because I want to see the adventures of Nory and her friends. I would recommend ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a super-enjoyable little story.

Nora is a child who feels like the black sheep of her family because she's more eccentric with her magical talents than her straight-laced headmaster father and her talented and uptight brother and sister.

In a maddening turn of events, they basically disown her and she had to find her way in the world and go on a long journey to self-acceptance, all while managing a magical talent that had her morphing into bittens (beaver-kittens) and Skunkaphants
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
A cute little tale of magic and what it feels like to be different. I like the diversity of the characters in this one (you don't find many African-American main characters in fantasy books), and I like that the Upside-Down Magic class is a great representation of how Special Needs students sometimes feel in our schools. It's a fairly simple story, though, and not really complex enough to hold my attention. Great for younger readers who enjoy magical reads.
Teddi Eberly
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kittens and magic? I thought this book would be trite. I was wrong! The authors quickly drew me into the story, and I fell in love with Nory, who only wanted to be "normal," and her friends in be Upside Down Magic class. Highly recommend!
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Upside Down Magic was a great book about the 5 F's. 5 Star rate. AWWW KITTN IS SO CUTE :((

Dorine White
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nory lives in a world of magic. When you enter six grade you get take a test to see which school you can join. For her there is only one choice, Sage Academy, where her father is the headmaster and her older brother and sister attend. But, the test doesn't go well, and Nory is sent away to live with her Aunt and attend a public school with an Upside-Down Magic class, for kids with wonky magic.

Full of embarrassment, Nory will do anything to be able use her fluxer magic to turn into a nice, normal
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My 7 year old picked this up at her recent Scholastic Book Fair. A friend had recommended it to her so she was eager to give it a try. She read the first 5 chapters by herself and then got so excited telling me about it, that she suggested we start over and read it together. I’m so glad she did because we had a great time discussing this story. It’s a gentle introduction into magical schools and characters with special powers.

Nory comes from a very magical family. Her dad is even the headmaster
Mortisha Cassavetes
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This is such a cute story especially during the Autumn/Halloween season. It follows a nine year old girl named Nory and her wonky magic. Nory is getting ready to take the test to get into her father's magic school but flunks out and must attend a public school and the Upside-Down Magic Class which is not a popular class to be in even in public school. I don't want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but I have to say that some parts of this book had me laughing especially Nory's crazy ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to this one on a four-hour car ride and the kiddos were entranced the whole time, often laughing out loud. (No fights in the backseat - a win!) It had a good message about understanding your emotions and working with them rather than trying to control them or stuff them down. The other good message was about seeing your differences as strengths rather than being ashamed. We are excited to pick up the next one in the series!
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Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and

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