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Author: Diane Zahler   Read by: Sarah Zimmerman

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    ISBN: 9781430143857
    Release Date: 11/01/2019

    Marvelwood Magicians 5 CD Set
    ISBN: 9781430143857
    $42.95
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    "Mattie travels with her family as part of a magic act—but her family’s magic is real. ... Descriptions of the wonders of the circus and its performers shine. Zimmerman deftly portrays varied southern accents for the town locals. The Scottish accents for Mattie’s Da and Ringmaster Morough are distinct.... This story combines the appeals of a tween with real world problems—struggling with parental expectations and navigating new friendships—with a lush circus setting and the chance to oppose a magical menace." BOOKLIST

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    Review by: Booklist Magazine - September 1, 2020
    Mattie travels with her family as part of a magic act—but her family’s magic is real. When they join a small traveling circus, it seems perfect until Mattie discovers the evil of the ringmaster, who has an insidious magical ability of his own. Descriptions of the wonders of the circus and its performers shine. Zimmerman deftly portrays varied southern accents for the town locals. The Scottish accents for Mattie’s Da and Ringmaster Morough are distinct. Narration shifts easily from portraying the slick menace of the ringmaster to the sunny disposition of Mattie’s little sister. Mattie’s internal swirl when she uses her mindreading ability is well-captured, as is the hypnotist’s dreamy voice. This story combines the appeals of a tween with real world problems—struggling with parental expectations and navigating new friendships—with a lush circus setting and the chance to oppose a magical menace. Readers of books like Ingrid Law’s Savvy (2008) and Anna Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic (2018) series will enjoy this.

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