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A feminist-tinged middle grade fantasy about finding your voice and the magical power that exist in storytelling.

Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only bad things happen when they do. Everyone knows this, but that doesn't stop twelve-year-old Kaya A'Dor from learning the basics from her older brother Hob. The trick is to sense a listener, one of the magical bein
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Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Jolly Fish Press
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted much more from this book.
I was really interested in the book description but when I actually read this one, it surprised me. It is darker and heavily based on gender discrimination. I was expecting more magic and spells. I wanted more magic while reading this. The main protagonist, Kaya, is a 12 year old girl living with her brother who is years older to her. I just didn't like their sibling chemistry. It was somewhat intimidating and not the ideal kind you would want it to be. But this
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Sharon - s.bookaddict
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
I didn’t have very high expectations going into this book. But it totally surprised me. I thougth it was more a childish story about a girl telling magical stories. But it was so much more than that. It was a story about a 12 year old poor girl, with a brother who’s always working and isn’t really nice to her. To impress her brother she uses story magic, but that wouldn’t even help. Hob is the kind of brother that takes care of you, but not more than that, and he has a few big secrets. I didn’t ...more
Esmay
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
"I used story magic today. I sensed a listener the way you taught me to, and I told it a story about a hero who made the sun rise."


3 stars.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an arc!

Let me start by saying that I know I'm not technically the age group for this book. It's a middle-grade. However, usually I tend to enjoy Middle Grades a ton. Some of my all time favourite books came from this genre and when I read the synopsis for the book I was immediately hooked. That said I had
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linda hole
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Know I am not in The age group this book is intended for. But with that being said, this book. made me fall in love with the middle grade genre. Thank you to The author for. writing this wonderful.magical book. Thank you. for. letting me. follow The Young heroine in this book, kaya. and her adventure and Journey. thank you for letting me see a strong Independent Young girl. And what a concept. storytelling for.magic.I.really hope there Will be New adventures and Journey for. kaya. Thank you to ...more
Lora
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale.

This story is adorable! The concept of storytelling for magic was so intriguing and I wasn't disappointed. This book grabbed my attention because of my two young daughters and I cannot wait to share it with them. Following Kaya and seeing her overcome obstacles and those who are against her and to even take her own stand when it would have been easier to
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Kathleen Mixon
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and a great read. I wanted to jump in and tell Kaya to think for herself at some points but overall I enjoyed the book.
Katrina Forest
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story Magic by Laurel Gale has one of the more unique magical systems I’ve read about in a long while. In this world, spells are cast by calling upon invisible creatures known as “listeners” and enticing them to use their powers in exchange for a story. The “words” to the spells are generally a single line, in the form of a request, pulled from the story itself. It’s a novel approach to magic that I really enjoyed, and I found the way this society views stories in general to be fascinating as we ...more
Katelyn Spedden
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

When I grabbed Story magic I expected a quick cute read perfect for Middle Grade readers and it didn’t disappoint. Laurel Gale weaves an interesting story that follows a kind of magic I don’t think I’ve seen in a novel before. The characters themselves don’t have any magic but the stories they tell bring magic to them because of the Listeners. It does have some aspects of the story that are in
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Joey Susan
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale.

This is the best book I’ve read so far this year, what an amazing magical adventure from first line to the last line.

I loved Kaya what an incredible protagonist, she was so brave, so talented beyond her own understanding, she did so much more than she ever dreamed she could, she was filled with determination and what an adventure she went on. Her magic g
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Sophaun
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
I was given this book for free through Netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own :)!

Story Magic is set in a world where girls are forbidden from practicing story magic. Only bad things happen when they do it. But that doesn't stop 12 year old Kaya from trying to learn it from her older brother Hob. One day Kaya tries to impress Hob with her story magic. But soon after Hob ends up being taken prisoner. Kaya believes that it is her fault, and she is bent on doing whatever she can to save
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Cathleen (Woven From Words)
**I received 'Story Magic' through NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for an honest review**

'Story Magic' by Laurel Gale tells the tale of what could happen when superstition takes the place of reason in daily life. The main character Kaya longs to practice Story Magic like her brother, yet is led to believe to do so would mean dire consequences. It isn't until she goes on a quest to recover her brother that Kaya learns the history of Story Magic through complicated challenges.

'Story M
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Cathleen (Woven From Words)
**I received 'Story Magic' through NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for an honest review**

'Story Magic' by Laurel Gale tells the tale of what could happen when superstition takes the place of reason in daily life. The main character Kaya longs to practice Story Magic like her brother, yet is led to believe to do so would mean dire consequences. It isn't until she goes on a quest to recover her brother that Kaya learns the history of Story Magic through complicated challenges.

'Story M
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Carola
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020

Thank you NothStar Editions and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others.

Story magic is about Kaya, a 12 year old girl who is an orphan and living with her older brother Hob. They live in a world where females are not allowed to use magic because only bad things will happen when they do, or so everyone is told.
Hob, however, is teaching Kaya to perform magic because he believes that females have as much right to perform
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Felicia
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story Magic by Laurel Gale is a cute adevtanure tale for middle grade students about the power of telling a story.
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In this world, the Story Magician's Guild holds enormous power. They can sense and summon listeners in order to tell them a story in exchange for some magic. But only male apprentices and magicians can access this magic, never girls. It is believed that it is bad luck for a girl to attempt story magic. For young Kaya, she's already had her young life filled with bad luck. Besides, i
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Fe Licia
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Story Magic by Laurel Gale is a cute adventure tale for middle grade students about the power of telling a story.
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In this world, the Story Magician's Guild holds enormous power. They can sense and summon listeners in order to tell them a story in exchange for some magic. But only male apprentices and magicians can access this magic, never girls. It is believed that it is bad luck for a girl to attempt story magic. For young Kaya, she's already had her young life filled with bad luck. Besides, it
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Heather
While this story was cute, I wanted more from it. I liked following Kaya on her journey and watching her grow and learn, but I can't help but feel a bit let down by this one. The ending of the story felt way too short; things happened very quickly with little time to actually have things play out. I know this is for a younger audience, but I think they could handle having the story be a little bit longer.

I really enjoyed the magical elements of this. The idea of having these spirits that will h
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Ben
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As an adult I would give this 3 stars because I feel that it there are bits that just need tidying up.

However, this is a children’s book (despite the darker theme of murder and hidden blood stained clothes) and so I will rate it accordingly.

I felt that the idea behind the magic in this book was unique and the idea that girls were told not to perform magic but the main character does shows that girls can do what guys can do which is a great subliminal theme.

I liked the world building as I felt i
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Betsy
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Although I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for a review, all opinions remain my own.

Kaya A'Dor knows that she isn't supposed to practice story magic, but when she is forced into a situation, she uses it. After her brother, Hob is imprisoned, she thinks it is all her fault. But is it? With the belief that it is, Kaya goes on an incredible journey to find and rescue her brother.

I found this book to be the perfect balance of real and magical. The idea of the "story magic" was something u
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Annette Bay
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found the world-building in Story Magic immersive, persuasive, and intriguing. I loved finding myself in another world with its own internally-logical rules. I especially loved the idea of sentient stories.

And since stories are such an important element in the novel, it's not surprising that are stories upon stories upon stories within the text. I found them charming and enjoyed watching Kaya try to figure out what makes a good story and what doesn't.

Kaya's movement through the story sometimes
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Belles Middle Grade Library
I received this from Netgalley. I finished this book last night, & I really loved it! I loved Kaya as a protagonist. She really is so much braver than she knows. This is a good story showing just how little credit women used to be given for their abilities...or anything really. We’re better nowadays...but still have a way to go there. The magic in this story is such a unique concept & I really enjoyed it. I loved the listeners so much! I was surprised how much I wanted to give them all a big hug ...more
Abbie
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story Magic by Laurel Gale, comes out on the 27th of October and is set in a world where telling stories brings magic. But girls are said to bring bad luck if they try to use story magic. The book follows Kaya, a girl who is learning story magic from her brother. But when he disappears, although she fears it was her use of the magic that caused his disappearance she is left with no choice but to use it to rescue him.
This book was absolutely enchanting. A quick read with likeable characters and f
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Jamie
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story Magic was an enjoyable read.

The story is about Kaya trying to save her brother,Hob, but in doing so she finds out she can tell amazing stories to the Listeners and create magic just as well as anyone else. Not just great magic, but she can also become friends with these mysterious and gentle creatures.

The story starts out a little stilted but grows in word flow and building just as Kaya's stories do. I loved to see her grow and change and realize her self worth and ability to shine.

What a
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Esther Ente
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story Magic is a fantastic middle grade read.
It has a cool magic system, magic is granted by the Listeners, unseen beings, in exchange for an interesting story.
Kaya is a 12 year old girl who is told that girls that can do story magic bring misfortune. But when her older brother gets into trouble, she decided she has to save him no matter the cost.
I really like how well the story is written, Kaya is clearly the hero, but can also accept help if needed.
It was a fun read, and it has a grand, but v
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Jeanette P
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale.

I had my 10-year-old daughter read this book and report back what she thought. She reads a lot and is typically very choosey about the books she reads, and Story Magic did not disappoint.

Transported on an adventure of fantasy, this story is told in a way that captures and holds the reader's imagination. It is a beautifully written story, my daughter ins
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Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
This is a sweet and simple middle grade about a girl who can do magic by telling stories. It has strong themes of kindness and self-belief, and it’s really easy to read, with good world-building and an interesting, compassionate main character. I loved the concept of the listeners, magic beings who love stories, and the magic is well explained. It’s perhaps a little linear, but this should appeal to younger kids and reluctant readers. Very enjoyable!
Mindy
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. Thanks to NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press for providing me the opportunity to review.

This was such a fun book! I love the idea of stories within a story. I really enjoyed the concept of the "listeners" and their connect to the main character.

Defiantly recommend if you enjoy the middle grade genre and are looking for fun adventure!
Nicole Bannister
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Enjoyed everything about this book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I Like the setting,the writing style,the plot;the plot twists and the characters in the book were amazing. I would gladly reread it again. I Also like the concept of the book.
Maxine Robinson
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An engaging, magical read that made my heart smile.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Laurel Gale
Aug 10, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! Yes, I'm the author. Yes, I may be slightly biased. I still love it!

I can't wait to share Story Magic with all of you.
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Laurel Gale writes books for children. Her middle grade novels include Dead Boy, her debut, and Story Magic, which will be out October 27, 2020. She lives with her husband and their ferrets in Washington. In addition to writing, she enjoying hiking, playing board games, and reading. She loves animals and is easily distracted by squirrels. You can visit Laurel online at laurelgale.com or on Twitter ...more

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