Pogue, David. Abby Carnelia’s One & Only Magical Power
Roaring Brook Press see Macmillan children's pub 2010 277p 15.99
978-1-59643-384-7 ms/jr Conflict E-BN
Abbey Carnelia was a typical sixth grader. During diner preparations, she discovered pulling on her ears would make a hard-boiled egg spin. Although the power was wimpy at best, Abbey wanted to discover what other powers she might possibly possess. After much discussion, her parents send her to camp where she meets others with a variety of magical abilities. Abbey was also selected to attend a “Special” camp for those kids who had unique powers. However, special gifts don’t always work out for the best. Abbey and her friends find themselves in a really weird situation. When they come to the realization that they have been setup as guineas pigs, they literally “hatch” an idea for an escape. Readers will frantically turn the pages as they urge the characters (Abbey, Ben, Ricky, and Eliza) to the end of the book.
This engaging and whimsical action book is an exciting adventure. It offers both realistic and suspenseful action in a well-paced plot and with engaging characters. The story is engaging and full of interesting details, the locations are believably described, and the characters are very three-dimensional. The author once again mixes adventure, intrigues, realistic surroundings, and a little stress into this very well done novel for young readers. Lastly, kudos to David for working himself into the novel (similar to how Clive Cussler puts himself somewhere in his novels) as the man who picks the kids up on a deserted road (as the drug company staff is running after them) and reports their experience to the world.
This is a very well written book that will relate well to many young readers. It is recommended as a basic book for any middle or elementary library. It would make an excellent selection for a basic books list for school libraries. McNeil(3), Linda magic, families, conflict