Mabel on the Move (Sister Magic Series #6)

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Little Sister. Big Trouble. Anne Mazer, author of the bestselling Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, reaches out to younger readers with this magical take on sibling rivalry.

It's a long ride to the beach town where her cousins live, but eight-year-old Mabel always loves a car trip. She's a champion packer, prepared for any emergency. But nothing could prepare her for what happens when her family meets up with Zoe and Mya. Mabel's cousins are the first people to see five-year-old ...

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Overview


Little Sister. Big Trouble. Anne Mazer, author of the bestselling Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, reaches out to younger readers with this magical take on sibling rivalry.

It's a long ride to the beach town where her cousins live, but eight-year-old Mabel always loves a car trip. She's a champion packer, prepared for any emergency. But nothing could prepare her for what happens when her family meets up with Zoe and Mya. Mabel's cousins are the first people to see five-year-old Violet for what she really is. And, for the first time, Mabel's biggest worry isn't keeping Violet's secret under wraps. It's what her cousins see in her!

It is sibling rivalry with a magical twist!

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Two sisters, more different than alike, find that they are different for a very special reason. Mabel, the oldest sister, is eight years old, very organized, neat, and tidy. She coordinates her clothes, her toys, her room, and her play activities. Violet, her five-year-old sister, is as messy as Mabel is neat. Her clothes clash, the vibrant mixed colors of her bedroom hurt Mabel's sensible eyes, but Mabel manages to read a new fairy tale book to her sister that was sent by Uncle Vartan. As Mabel reads the story, Violet sees things move on the page or speak to her. From then on strange things happen to Mabel every time Violet is around. Mabel never guesses why until Uncle Vartan shows up unexpectedly. His pranks and tricks, so easily mastered by Violet, lead Mabel to discover why her sister is different, and it is not what Mabel expected. This is a humorous chapter book, easy to read and full of fun. -- Children's Literature

Living with a little sister is never easy, especially if you are organized and responsible while your sister sports tangerine high-tops and a head full of jam. Mabel, the utterly tidy sister, generally tolerates Violet, but life gets harder after mysterious Uncle Vartan sends them a book of fairy tales. Soon after, strange things happen: shoelaces spontaneously untie, and their mother's wallet materializes in the freezer. Mabel's sleuthing unearths a family secret that heightens the sisters' tension, and what begins as a straightforward sibling story morphs into a tale with magical elements. While both sisters are broadly drawn, the story is fun and the embarrassment Mabel feels over Violet's behavior rings true. Short chapters and a mix of full-page and embedded black-and-white illustrations make the text accessible for children reading beginning chapter books. The first of a planned series, this will appeal to readers looking for a magical Judy Moody. Harold, Suzanne -- BOOKLIST

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
What can you say about sisters? Much has been told about fierce rivalry to bonds thicker than super glue. In eight-year-old Mabel's case, having Violet for a little sister has been quite a challenge, particularly since they are not at all alike. She is only five, a mere child of course, not at all responsible or careful like Mabel. What would she know about the proper way to pack a suitcase and to be organized for a trip to the beach to visit their cousins? Beyond that, however, Mabel makes sure to be prepared. It is her simple, basic belief which Violet can not understand. Violet is definitely different, so Mabel has to give The Talk over and over: do not use magic, magic is dangerous, it is important that you listen, etc. Poor Mabel: even before her family leave the driveway, Violet's hair turns orange. A small incident results when Mabel kicks her sister to remind her about The Talk. Of course, their parents give both of them The Speech and then they finally leave for vacation. Sure enough, however, there suddenly appears orange, rose, and blue lights hitting the water at the beach. Later at the botanical gardens, Mabel cannot believe it: there is her little sister plain as day riding on the back of a huge dragonfly and laughing like crazy as if she does not have a care in the world. By this time, her cousins Zoe and Myra know about Violet's secret powers. Mabel's head is spinning with all kinds of thoughts about what might have happened to injure her sister during every dangerous episode. As Zoe tries to convince her that she also has magic powers, Mabel tries figuring things out on her own. At last, she writes to Uncle Vernon just to be sure. The only thing that seems certain ishow many times she has been able to stop her little sister in the midst of creating a disaster. Can it really be true? Does Mabel have the power to stop Violet from revealing their secret? More importantly, has she actually prevented horrible accidents? Finally, when the girls camp out in the back yard, tensions rise as Violet creates havoc in the tent. But when a campfire appears as the two youngest cousins make S'Mores, Mabel firmly ends it right there with a big-sister flourish, "Stop it. Now." The fire goes out! Mabel and Zoe were right. Violet has been saved by her protective sister once again. Magical powers may come and go, but sibling rivalry lives on. Youngsters can relate to similar anxieties even though details vary, of course. This story is a fun, quick read mostly for girls. Nothing too deep or serious, but a simple lighthearted take on a plot twist involving playful magical powers of a five-year old little sister and the big sister who takes care of her no matter what happens. Part of the "Sister Magic" series. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439872515
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Sister Magic Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Mazer grew up in a family of writers in upstate New York. Intending to be an artist, she studied at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She then went to Paris for three years, where she studied French and French literature and where she began to write. She is the author of over thirty-five books, including the picture books THE SALAMANDER ROOM and THE NO-NOTHINGS AND THEIR BABY, as well as several novels. Her series include The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes and Sister Magic. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband. Visit her at www.amazingmazer.com.

After working briefly as a graphic designer and animator, Bill Brown turned to freelance illustration in 1997. Since then, he has been published in several magazines as well as doing book illustrations.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    it is so so good I'm so obsessed with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is good u should read them they are hilarious!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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