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The Infinity Year of Avalon James

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell have a secret--one that they aren't allowed to discuss with anyone. This secret is shared between two best friends. When you and your best friend turn ten years old magical things are said to happen. You both will receive some kind of magical power. It can be a power you can call on time and time again. Or it can be a power that comes on ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading The Infinity Year of Avalon James on 7/19/18 and finished it on 7/24/18. This book is an awesome read! I love Avalon and Atticus’ friendship. I like Atticus’ calm and easy going personality. Despite the tough times in Avalon’s life both at home and at school, I like how she’s driven to achieve her goals: spelling bee and her dad. I like the reason for Atticus to stop eating meat. I like Mae and how she stands up for Avie during a class presentation. I like reading through Avie’ ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
How much did I love this book? SO MUCH! The story of Avalon James (who is carrying a big weight on her shoulders) and her best friend Atticus, this is a story of resilience, friendship, and being comfortable in your own skin. I loved Avalon from the first page and was rooting for her the whole way. Kids and the adults in their lives are going to love this story. Dana Middleton is one of my new favourite authors - when you finish this book, read Open if You Dare!
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Infinity Year of Avalon James is a lovely story with interesting, engaging characters and a wonderful boy-girl friendship at its core. Avalon is a relatable protagonist, and I felt like the book did a great job of making her struggles and triumphs feel immediate, believable, and well-earned. There are several twists in this book that add depth to the story, and the magical element is handled subtly and well. This story left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and it is one I will certainly sha ...more
Casey Lyall
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sweet and emotional - I loved the friendship between Avalon and Atticus (who also have truly marvelous names.) It's about making the right choices - thinking about what kind of person you want to be and making your own magic. Just right for any middle grade reader.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story about a genuine friendship between two 5th graders - Avalon & Atticus. Would be a good read aloud.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was very interesting, because of the settings and different feelings the main character had. I was very curious at the start of this book, because the title really hooked me in to the book. When I started reading I really couldn't stop until the end. I loved all the parts of the story and it was a suitable book for me to read over the summer break. When I started reading this book , I was amazed by how the writer, Dana Middleton, started the story with an amazing introdu ...more

Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

The Infinity Year of Avalon James has an intriguing premise: it's about two best friends who when they turn the age of ten are granted an "infinity year" -- magical "things" are supposed to happen, especially since it's a secret they share. I loved this idea of two best friends sharing a secret like this, though this novel didn't entirely win me over like I thought it would.

First off, I LOVE the friendship between Avalon and Atticus and I think the way
Michelle Wrona
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I love reading books about kids growing up, mostly because I always get a flashback to when I was deciding what kind of person I wanted to be. Dana Middleton's The Infinity Year of Avalon James always looked so promising from the moment I saw its cover and read the summary, and I knew that I would enjoy it. Let's say that I certainly did adore it. This was a special story about a girl who realized that everyone's life
Stacy Fetters
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
"We were eleven. We were all out of magic powers but we would be best friends forever and that was good enough for me."
Never thought in a million years that a middle-grade book would have me feeling so many warm, fuzzy happy thoughts. What is happening to me? Is my black heart growing redder and three times its normal size like the Grinch?
Pfft! Probably not.
Avalon and Atticus have been friends for a very long time. They have done everything together. Being ten is a huge deal. That's when the
Heidi M Rogers
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable, quirky, sweet, fierce – that's how I'd describe Avalon James. And her best friend Atticus? Let me just say his character was a touch personal. I loved this story and devoured it in a day.
Anna Field
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute story about a boy and a girl who are best friends and how they over come life's bumps and twists in a context that children can relate to. Would definitely recommend this book.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's such a great middle grade book about friendships.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary (
Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell, both aged 10, are waiting for their "infinity" powers now that they are at the height of their “Infinity Year”. According to Attitcus's grandfather, your Infinity Year begins when you turn 10; if you obey the rules of the Infinity Year (you can only talk about it with your best friend) you will develop magical powers before turning 11. While waiting for their powers, both are dealing with problem issues (Spoilers) Avalon is dealing with El
Katie Proctor
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A really sweet middle grade book- Avalon and her best friend Atticus believe they are getting magical powers when they turn ten. It’s all about their fifth grade year and how they make mistakes and learn a lot and it’s just really sweet. Would be a great addition to any middle grade library collection.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! I loved getting to know Avalon. This book has engaging characters, interesting and easy to follow plots, and good morals. I would definitely read this again.
Becca Amstutz
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely adorable and perfect. Deals with the loss of a parent to prison and the loss of friendship. In a time where more and more children are being displaced in their families due to drug use or DCS involvement, this is an important novel for young chapter book readers!
Paige Soule
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story about friendship, character and the people who know you the best. Loved it!
Kristina Jean Lareau
A decent realistic fiction school story that touches on class, bullying, and friends. There is a lot to discuss in this book from bed wetting to trust. There is, however, a lot of exposition that comes across as the author speaking directly through Avalon instead of being filtered through Avie' s voice and perspective.

Overall, though a solid book.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A near 3.75. This was indeed a magical little book about friendship.
This is a very sweet title about the friendship between ten year olds Avalon and Atticus.
Best friends, they’re excited about their “Infinity Year,” a year, Atticus’ gramps tells them, that involves magic for best friends.
It’s fifth grade, and Avalon and Atticus are placed in separate classes for the first time ever. Avalon is hotheaded, and things are more challenging than ever since Atticus is the one who helps her deal calmly with the mean girls at school.
When Avalon accidentally shares a hu
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It's SO well-written and is now one of my ALL time FAVORITE books!

Avalon and Atticus will forever live in my heart. This is a story of TRUE Friendship. Dana Middleton is an author that I believe will win the Newbery Medal one day!

This is TRULY one of the best books I've ever read!!! :-D It's RICH, it's INTERESTING, it's MAGICAL!!!!!!!!!!!
Theresa Grissom
Loved, loved, loved this story!! Avalon is such a likable character and Atticus a great friend. Great friendship story. This would make a great read aloud. Will recommend to students and teachers alike.
I was pleased to find a book featuring a solid friendship between a boy and a girl on the edge of middle school with no romance in sight. Ten-year-old Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell-you have to love those names!--have always been in the same class at school. But this year, they are in different fifth grade classrooms, which causes some anxiety on the part of Avalon since her nemesis, Elena Maxwell, and her two minions are in the same class. Elena and Avalon have been at war since second gra ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually brought me to tears as it ended...loved the two main characters, their reality felt true and honest.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided by NetGalley

This story of two friends that believe they will have a magical power during the year that they are ten was a well told piece that is sure to appeal to fans of Sharon Creech or Katherine Hannigan. It is a story focused primarily on Avalon, whose friendship to Atticus is the only thing that truly seems unwavering and good in her life. She is dealing with a lot of girl drama both in school and out, and though she dishes out as well as she takes it, she is seemingly
Sarah Swan
Avalon James and her best friend, Atticus Brightwell, turn ten. Atticus’s grandfather told them just before his grandson’s birthday that age ten is their Infinity Year in which they would have a magical power. So, they keep waiting for the magic to appear. Avalon hopes her magic will help her ward off any mischief her nemesis, Elena, has planned for her, but nothing seems to change and Elena keeps taunting her. Not that Avalon hasn’t done her share of taunting back. Avalon also hopes her magic m ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: royal
The year that Avalon and Atticus turn 10 is their Infinity Year, the year that best friends get special powers, according to Atticus’ Pop-pop. Avalon can use some special powers since the year she turned 9 was the worst year of her life. She and Atticus wait patiently and speculate wildly about what their powers will be, all the while surviving a lost cat, spelling bees, bullies, secret-sharing, and charging bulls.

The friendship between Avalon and Atticus is pure and true, as evidenced by their
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Avalon James is 10 years-old - her Infinity Year. This should be the best year ever! - Atticus’ grandpa has told them that, because they are best friends - and 10 years old - they will get a special power just for the year, and maybe only once. They can’t tell anyone and can only talk about it with each other. But when school starts, Avalon and Atticus, for the first time, are in different classes, and Avalon is stuck with her enemy Elena in her class. Last year was so hard, and this one looks l ...more
I received an ARC from the publisher via work, with no obligation to leave a personal review.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

This book was exactly what I expected from the title, premise, and description, and thus exactly what I was hoping to read. It's a cute, lighthearted middle grade that still has heart and a couple of moments that make you think, yep, this is middle school, if nothing necessarily super profound.

It's a quick read, and a good one. If I were in middle school, I could imagine this bec
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Cross-posted on reviewer's personal GoodReads page:

Middleton, Dana The Infinity Year of Avalon James, 214 pgs. Feiwel and Friends (MacMillan) 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence PG (Bullying).
This debut novel has such great voice, I loved the boy/girl best friends, the way parents and teachers handled things and the storyline was both intriguing and well paced. Highly recommended for upper elementary students. Great lessons on dealing with friends, bullies, s
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Dana Middleton grew up in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles to work in film, television and theatre. She was a producer of an Academy Award-nominated short film, and is a recipient of a Los Angeles Theatre Ovation Award. Her middle grade novels include The Infinity Year of Avalon James and Open If You Dare. She's also the author of the Harry Potter reference book, The Young American's Unofficia ...more