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Children's LiteratureMany years ago a dying woman left each of her grandchildren a gift. To the eldest, Kirby, she gave the gift of dance; to the boy, Brendon, the gift of music; and to Nancy, the most extraordinary gift of all--the gift of magic. Nancy knows who's calling when the phone rings. She can move objects with her mind. She knows what people are thinking. However, Nancy never realized that her parents' marriage was failing and that the family's move to the small beachside cottage where her mother grew up is permanent. Nancy's world is changing far too fast. Has her desire to keep things the same ruined her sister's ballet career? Can she stop her mother from falling in love with a childhood sweetheart? Can her magic save her brother who has sailed into the bay on a homemade boat? This story is less about magic and much more about a teenage girl coping with the difficult and unwelcome changes in her life. 2006 (orig. 1971), Bantam Doubleday Dell Books/Random House, Ages 10 up.
—Anita Barnes Lowen