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Sticks & Stones

(Upside-Down Magic #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,102 ratings  ·  188 reviews
The kids in Upside-Down Magic know their magic is a little out of control. But that doesn't make them weird--it only makes them human.

Strange things are happening at Dunwiddle Magic School-and the Upside-Down Magic class is getting blamed!

Yes, Marigold did shrink Lacey Clench to the size of a gerbil. But that was an accident. And, yes, most people weren't prepared for Nory
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Scholastic Press (first published April 26th 2016)
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Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Nory has upside-down magic and she has been attending a special class at Dunwiddle school for upside-down magic with seven other kids. Normally there are five categories of magic talents - Flares have fire talents. Fuzzies have animal talents. Flickers have power to be invisible or make things invisible. Flyers can fly. Fluxers can turn into animals. But there are people whose magic doesn't fit into these categories and they are known as wonky or different or people with upside-down magic.

Nory i
Schizanthus Nerd
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine-all-mine
Nory has now been living with her Aunt Margo and attending Dunwiddle Magic School for a month. She’s one of eight students in the Upside-Down Magic class, a class for kids whose magic is unusual.

When the pennies the school was collecting for charity turn into rocks and Marigold accidentally shrinks Lacey, one of the bully Sparkies, the Upside-Down Magic class are in the spotlight. It’s easy for the other kids to place blame on the kids who are different and pretty soon Lacey has started a petiti
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
***Rated by my daughter***
Amanda Marquart
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
In this adorable sequel, Nory and Bax are continuing to deal with their upside down magic, this time facing a petition to get rid of the UDM program after some mysterious things start happening at school. Can the UDM students prove it wasn’t them, or will they be banished for being too dangerous?

Readers of Upside Down Magic will love the second book in this series. Our favorite characters return, and as we get to know them better they become even more lovable. With great lessons of empathy and
Koby Z. (KZ Reads)
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 7-12
4.8 Stars
This book was just as good as the first, which I was very pleased about! With tons of exciting adventures, this book was like the first, with a new adventure every few chapters, and with tons of fun. Sorry for the short review- I need to write my Tyrant's Tomb review.
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Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone is gifted with some sort of magic ability. There are the Fluxers (shape-shifters), Flares (make fire), Flyers (can fly), Flickers (invisibility powers), and Fuzzies (communicate with animals). And then are those whose magic is not quite, well, normal. Their magic is called Upside-Down Magic (UDM). Flares with the ability to freeze things or make it rain. A Fuzzy who repeals animals or a Flyer who cannot seem to stay on the ground on his own. And a Flicker who sees sound waves. Then ther ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More summer reading with the kid. I love the inclusive message and particularly the depression metaphor in this book. My daughter loves the series and gets really upset whenever the bullies are scheming.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this series with my 7-year-old son. He loves the story, and I love the positive messages hidden in it. There is so much in here that he can relate to, and it's helped me initiate so many important discussions! ...more
Kylee Wheeler
This girl named Nory, she has the weirdest/ coolest magic ever. Even though she's a fluxer, she has really cool magic. She ends up turning to Dritten Nory, (Dragon Kitten) She has a friend named Bax, He has weird magic. He's a fluxer but he turns to a rock or leash. They have a tutor for their magic and their learning to keep their magic from showing too much. Bax learns to hear and keep his human mind when he fluxed into a rock. At the end the sparkies were chasing after them but they stayed sa ...more
Jude (NovelReader13)
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was just as wonderful, fun and heartfelt as the first one. I'm really loving this series so far! ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zamboozle!!!! What a fun sequel and great addition to the Upside Down Magic series. My seven year old and I really loved reading the first book together and jumped right into this one. We enjoyed catching up with our favorite characters and meeting a few new ones.

In this story, the UDM students are still enjoying lessons with Ms. Starr and they’ve starting receiving special tutoring in hopes that it will help them have less uncontrollable moments. Nory and Bax get paired together with the very
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another one I listened to with my daughter, which I think is what made me love it so much. Not only seeing how she enjoyed it, but the messages of inclusion and accepting yourself and others despite differences or “wonky” things, felt stronger because I was thinking of it through her experiences and the good, loyal friends she has. My favorite parts were every scene with Coach Vitamin; I didn’t like him at first and thought he was silly, but then he really came through and proved what a stellar ...more
As sweet and as kind as book 1: Upside-Down Magic.
While reading this, I just kept thinking about how important this book is for children with learning disabilities.
Being differently abled (especially in a dangerous magical school!) can be just as tough for a non-magical real kid in a real school... & I love seeing these kids being different in some way they had no control over (born different) represented in this series.

Also, I like Nory, but I loved Bax! I liked his chapters and thought his
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the second book of Sarah Mlynowski's series Upside-Down Magic. The UDM kids struggle to stay at school (and in there human minds). After Marigold shrinks the leader of the Sparkies, Lacey, the UDM kids have to fight to stay at Dunville. I would recommend this book to ages 9-15. ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
One of my favorite series of children’s books. So many great messages for teaching how to treat others that may be different that us and teaching how to look at our struggles/challenges in a new light. Highly recommend for everyone to read!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Sticks and Stones is a sweet story about a group of students who need help with their magic. So they attend this special school in order to learn how to handle their magic. I love how this story mirrors special education students and how everyone can learn!
Cindy Hudson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nory has trouble controlling her magic. She can transform into a kitten, but she can’t hold the shape, so she ends up with the head of a goat, which makes her a koat. What she has is called upside down magic, and along with a few other kids who are struggling to control their own powers, she’s in a special class at Dunwiddle Magic School. But when strange things start happening in the halls, the other kids want to blame the students in her class and get them kicked out of the school forever. If ...more
Nicholai Vidanes
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves to be 5 star rating because it is delightful. The words used in the book are unique. The book is remarkable because it is relatable and it has adorable sequel. Nory and Bax are continuing to deal with their upside down magic, this time facing a petition to get rid of the UDM program after some mysterious things start happening at school. It also speaks about bullying and children can use their disabilities to their advantage. This book relates to me because I am still trying t ...more
Hazel Rainfall
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
The science in this book is completely inaccurate (yes there is real science even in sci-fi magical novels). For example a squid does not have tentacles - yet the author refers to the squid version of the main character having tentacles that suctioned her firmly onto objects. Squid have no such ability.
That aside, the story is clever and most children would love to read it. I found several of the adult characters to be shallow and stereotyped though.
I also found there to be a very strong polit
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Even though this was a pretty short read (For me, at least), it was great! I liked it as much as the first one. Cute, funny, quirky, and then there’s kittenball. How I truly wish kittenball were real! KIIIIIITTTTTTTTTEEEENNNNNNNNNSSSS
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Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Super darn cute. Better than the first installment by far and the themes of acceptance and diversity and fabulously and not so subtly interwoven. I loved Bax, he was a sweet character. Enjoyable and I can't wait to pass it off to my students to love magic as much as me.
Charlotte Fairbanks
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great second book! And even good enough that this is my second time reading it!
Caerigna Lunaltii
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth, urban-fantasy
A good story, even though it suffers from Sequel Syndrome. The premise is good, the basic plot is good (usually where sequels start to waiver), and the characters stay...well, in character. It feels like the trouble began with the target audience being kids (maybe up into early tweens), and parents. I dunno if the author started getting paranoid about writing kids books, a publishing someone came down a bit hard on the author, helicopter parents took weird issue, or the Disney movie version of t ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tolerance is the focus of the 2nd book in the Upside-Down Magic series. Nory and her friends that have unusual magic (Don't call it wonky! That's a put down) are attending Dunwiddle, a public magic school. All the kids with UDM are in the same class. But some of the kids with regular magic don't think the UDMs should be in their school. What if they're dangerous?

To try to help the UDMs work through their unusual magic, they are assigned tutors. Nory and Bax get signed up with Coach Vitomin (who
This book alternates the perspective from Nory to Bax, a boy who is a shape shifter, but so far can only turn himself into a rock. Book 2 has a slightly more well developed plot since book 1 needed to set the stage. Here, Nory and Bax have been working with the same tutor to help them gain more control of their powers. Nory still focuses on trying to be normal, truly struggling with accepting her UDM powers. She is encouraged to join the kitten-ball team so the other kids can get to know her ins ...more
Jill Jemmett
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The kids in this story have special magic powers. Nory and her friends have upside-down magic because their powers don’t work the way they are supposed to. Though these kids have special powers, they still have to deal with ordinary school problems in this story.

Someone at the school is turning everything into stone. The other kids think it must be the upside-down magic class who is pranking them. Bax seems like the most obvious culprit because he can turn himself into a stone, but he claims he
Alysha DeShaé
A bit of anti-bullying is included in this book and it's done very well. Considering that it's a child's book, everything does wrap up fairly neatly, but I'm pleased that the bully doesn't become friends with the people she's picking on. I love realism in my fiction (when done right) and it would not have made sense. (view spoiler) ...more
Christine Rains
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
My seven-year-old son picked out this book based on the cover. He loves cats! It was a terrific choice.

This is a children's fantasy book about a group of kids whose magic is wonky. They call it upside-down magic. The kids are part of a new program at Dunwiddle School of Magic, and all they want to do is fit in. It's tough when some stuck up kids don't want them around and try to get them kicked out of the school. There were plenty of funny bits, mystery, and tension. My son loved kittenball as a
Десислава Сивилова
I liked the mystery element and the introduction of the "us vs. them" conflict (all heroes need their enemies, right?), and totally enjoyed Bax's POV. And the appearance of even more upside-down magic!

But ... some of the overall charm of the previous novel was missing. I particularly didn't like the infodumpy beginning: I don't believe sequels are required to spell out all the details of the world at the start of each new book, even given the target audience. If the authors feel some reminders a
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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.

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