Eighth grader, Jay, has been his dad's magician's assistant for the last five years. He mastered spoon-bending by the age of eight, silk and disappearing tricks by ten, and has become a talented cardician. But no matter how fun it used to be when he was younger, being in the family show business is growing OLD!
Jay wants to try out for the basketball team and spend more time with his friends. He wants to be his own person. However, with so much weighing on his family - his parent's talk of separation, his grandpa's bad health, money struggles - the last thing Jay wants to do is disappoint the people he loves.
The clock starts ticking when his dad signs them up to perform their magic act at his school's talent show. Will Jay find the courage to speak his mind, or will he end up being the laughingstock of Barrington Middle School?
Sometimes, Jay wishes he could disappear for real!
About the Author
Mimi Olson is an award-winning writer, including being named Highlights Magazine's Author of the Month and a recipient of the Bear River Writers' Merit Scholarship. A former journalist and communications specialist, Melissa has been writing professionally for 30+ years, starting with a sports reporting gig in high school at a local newspaper. Publications include Metro Parent, Jack and Jill, High Five Magazine, Pulse, and Highlights. Mimi lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, daughter, and two very spoiled cats. Middle School is No Place for Magic is her debut novel.
"In Middle School is No Place for Magic, Jay confronts changes at home, and in his heart, as he bravely leans into and learns from new experiences at school, with friends, and with his family. Despite the title, author Mimi Olson has proven that middle school is just the place to "magick" into being a hero readers will cheer for."
Shutta Crum, award-winning author of Thomas and the Dragon Queen, and ALA and Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book of the Year Thunder-Boomer! as well as many other titles for young readers.