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In Kismet, Maine, where a blizzard stranded twelve-year-old Willow's family, she seeks to understand the magic the townspeople have, to cure her little brother's mysterious illness and return her life to normal.
Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Sick > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Family problems > Fiction.
City and town life > Fiction.
Blizzards > Fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9780525578505
The Root of Magic
The Root of Magic
by Duble, Kathleen Benner
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The Root of Magic

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Willow's family fears the unknown. Her brother Wisp is sick with a mysterious illness, and her life is wrapped up in the unspoken rules of caring for him. After an accident in a blizzard, Willow and her family find themselves in a strange town called Kismet. It's a small town where everyone seems to know what will happen next and some kind of magic seems to be helping Wisp get better, which helps their mom stop worrying. But when Willow discovers the truth behind the town's power, she must decide what she wants for her own future and whether she can face the unknown. With a dash of Brigadoon and Tuck Everlasting, Willow's story invites readers to explore the choices we make, the scariness of the unknown, and fate versus free will. While the town and Wisp might have benefited from more development, the dilemma faced by Willow provides tween readers with a good discussion prompt about the power of choice.--Sarah Bean Thompson Copyright 2019 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9780525578505
The Root of Magic
The Root of Magic
by Duble, Kathleen Benner
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Gr 5-7-Twelve-year-old Willow, her sick brother Wisp, and their mother are driving home from a hockey game in a blizzard when they are left stranded in the snow and mysteriously rescued by two townspeople from Kismet, ME. With no cell phones and no way out, Willow's mother begins to panic about Wisp, whose undiagnosed illness means frequent visits to the hospital and constant risk of death. While her mother frets, Willow notices strange things about the town. The innkeeper knows to set out an extra cot in Willow's room for Wisp before she has even met them, and the cook at the diner seems to have their food ready for them before they even order. It is not until Willow's worried mother becomes overly confident that Wisp will be okay that Willow seeks the truth about Kismet. This book attempts to answer questions about free will but often falls short. Though readers will sympathize with the choices Willow and her mother must make, other characters lack depth-particularly Wisp, who feels more like a plot device than a fully developed character. While it takes Willow time to guess Kismet's secret, readers will be quick to figure out the twist. VERDICT An additional purchase.-Katharine Gatcomb, Portsmouth Public Library, NH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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