A quirky tale of magic and friendship

Hi everyone, I thought I’d kick this month off with a quirky tale of magic and friendship. Sometimes in contemporary reads the magic element lies within a person or around them. In this read, the magic item is a book!! That is all I’m going to leave you with…it’s up to you to decide if this is worth you while or not…

book cover image has orange swirly pattern from top to bottom. at bottom in dark orange silhouette images of farmhouse in countryside. middle image has blue and brown with white and blue writing. image of blue butterfly at top. bottom image of two hands writing on book. letters in image 'a Tale of Highly Unusual Magic' Lisa Papademetriou.
An engaging read!!

Title: A tale of highly unusual magic

Author: Lisa Papademetrious

Genre: Fiction – contemporary/fantasy

Publication details: Harper; NY, 2015

ISBN: 9780062371218  (Hardcover)   |   9780062371072  (ebook)

What this book is about: Kai is in Texas, visiting her great-aunt. Leila has finally escaped the suburbs and is ready for a glamorous summer with her father’s family in Pakistan. They have no idea that their different worlds are about to collide. Each of them finds a copy of a mysterious old book, and when Kai writes three words on the blank pages they magically appear in Leila’s copy on the other side of the globe. Kai’s words are soon followed by line after line of the long ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love Edwina Pickle. When Leila adds a sentence, more story appears. Every sentence they write inspires a reaction from the book. And so the fable unravels, connecting both girls to each other and to Ralph and Edwina in ways they never could have imagined. This deeply touching story about destiny – how we shape it, and how it in turn shapes us – carries readers along as Kai, Leila, Ralph and Edwina begin the search for their true selves, and discover the invisible threads that link us all ultimately to one another. 

My review: A magical and exhilarating story!! Some great characters and both settings in Texas and Lahore in Pakistan are vividly detailed. I love the hip librarian that Kai meets in the small Texan town and especially Doodle. In Lahore, it was Mamoo, Samir and little Wali that captured my heart the most. Both of the girls have unique personalities but are courageous and resilient despite the challenges they have to face!! I know this doesn’t actually fall under the traditional description of ‘fantasy’ but the blended version with the lovely contemporary story here gives the magical element an ‘unusual’ light!! A great read for all ages!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

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