One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

Rose Alice Anders is meant to be just like her father. He is the most magical person in their town of Belling Bright. She is Little Luck and will catch more magic than anyone on New Year’s Day. But then she doesn’t. She only catches one small jar of magic, and her entire world turns upside-down. She loses her friends, her father can’t accept who she is, and she learns that some people are just not meant to catch and use magic.

I liked this story. I’ve never read anything quite like it. As a brief warning, though, this book does deal with parental abuse, which may be upsetting for some readers. (Rose doesn’t recognize or question the abuse right away, so the book’s discussion surrounding it is pretty subtle throughout most of the book.) As a character, Rose was a bit annoying at times, but this is because her father has been drilling certain ideals into her mind from day one, meaning that her character is accurately portrayed. Her brother Lyle is a quiet, steady character and a great support for Rose. I think this story is important for middle grade readers. It’s about learning to accept who you are, regardless of the expectations others have for you.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HAYDU)

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