The Incredible Magic of Being

Kathryn Erskine (Author)
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Product Details

Scholastic Press
Publish Date
October 10, 2017
5.8 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; Seeing Red, a Jane Addams Honor Book; The Badger Knight, lauded by Publishers Weekly as a book to captivate readers; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Kathryn lives and writes in central Virginia, and travels the world to talk about writing and seek out more stories.


Julian's distinctive narration, awash in supernatural perceptions as well as a nine-year-old's natural misconceptions, is a tour de force....Touching contemporary magical realism, with a final twist that truly surprises. -- School Library Journal

A timeless and affecting, slightly paranormal exploration of familial attachments. -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mockingbird:

Winner of the National Book Award

Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asperger's. -- Booklist

A valuable book. -- School Library Journal

A strong and complex character study. -- The Horn Book

Julian really is a thoughtful, engaging narrator and kids will enjoy hanging out with him in this or any other universe. -- BCCB

Praise for Seeing Red:

*A powerful indictment of injustice of all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership. -- Booklist, starred review

This thought-provoking book will be a valuable addition for any library. --Library Media Connection

Praise for The Badger Knight:

*The integration of historical facts into the text is seamless; readers will leave knowing a sturdy amount about England and Scotland in 1346 but won't even notice how much they are learning, as it is all so cleanly embedded into Adrian's gripping, often harrowing, adventures. -- BCCB, starred review

Her skillful rendering of medieval life-its smells and limitations and ignorance - is reminiscent of the best from Kathryn Cushman or Avi's Crispin novels. -- Booklist

The medieval-era mud and dung, as well as a scene of graphic battle violence, should captivate readers seeking total immersion in a distant, yet vibrantly imagined era. -- Publishers Weekly