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The Magic of Melwick Orchard - by Rebecca Caprara (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 376

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Fantasy & Magic

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)

Age Range: 9-12 years

Author: Rebecca Caprara

Language: English

Street Date: September 1, 2018
TCIN: 53532984
UPC: 9781512466874
Item Number (DPCI): 248-78-6974


"Isa has a deep bond with her spunky, language-loving little sister, Junie, so when Junie's bulging 'dessert belly' is revealed to be a tumor on her kidney, Isa's world falls apart. Now her father is working long hours, her mother collapses into bed after being with Junie all day, and Isa is feeling completely neglected and invisible. Fortunately, she chances upon a magical tree in a nearby orchard that seems to want to help Isa, and she makes friends with neighbor girl Kira, with whom she shares the magical fruits of the tree. Then Isa's father loses his job and Junie suffers an unexpected setback, pushing Isa to desperate measures and an emotional breaking point. A community of likable and well-drawn major and minor characters provides support for Isa as she negotiates raw emotion with little help from her credibly distracted parents. The emotional responsiveness of the magical tree is a perfect foil for Isa, highlighting the difference between things that can be easily fixed and things that are more complicated. Junie's characterization teeters right on the edge of twee, but it is saved by her genuine linguistic cleverness and her awareness of the show she must put on for her parents if not her sister. Readers who appreciate magical realism will find the premise of the tree intriguing, and they'll enjoy a solid story about the family's emotional rollercoaster and the sisters' love."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Zuccaro - 1 year ago
Incredible story of the bond between sisters and the magic that fills their home.
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my kids loved it!

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fontaine37 - 1 year ago
Read an early copy of this book w my kids and we really enjoyed it! Very original and heartfelt. The author balances real life struggles (illness, family dynamics & more) with elements of magic in a story full of whimsy and hope. Readers will adore spunky Isa and her beloved tree.
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