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Yuri's Brush with Magic
     

Yuri's Brush with Magic

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by Maureen Crane Wartski
 

Tammy and Ken's mother is in the hospital, and nobody knows if she'll recover. When Aunt Yuri arrives from Japan to take care of them, they set out to make her life difficult. But Yuri has tricks of her own. Soon the children uncover an old family secret — and Tammy's sea turtle rescue work soothes fears about her mother's recovery. But will they solve the

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Tammy and Ken's mother is in the hospital, and nobody knows if she'll recover. When Aunt Yuri arrives from Japan to take care of them, they set out to make her life difficult. But Yuri has tricks of her own. Soon the children uncover an old family secret — and Tammy's sea turtle rescue work soothes fears about her mother's recovery. But will they solve the summer's greatest mystery, the secret to Yuri's magic?

Editorial Reviews

Cindy Hudson
Yuri is a mystery who gradually reveals herself to the children, and the reader gets to see her unfold as Tammy and Ken do. While at first I was put off by the extremes of the supporting characters in the story, I began to see their personalities as parallel to some of the characters in the old legends. The nesting habits of sea turtles is also part of the storyline of Yuri's Brush with Magic, and the author includes lots of sea turtle facts at the end of the book. They are great for discussion, and mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12 can also talk about how miscommunication can lead to misunderstanding, the lessons taught in the old legends, friendship, and more.
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Eden Manseau
There are several nice little nuggets of wisdom delivered by adults: "There are two sides to every story," "Pick your battles," "I've said things in anger that I don't feel good about now," etc. There is a bully character who is the summer charge of an equally small-minded adult. This adult makes one brief ethnic slur ("I've always said you people can't be trusted"), but it is not the focus of the conversation, and it will likely go over the heads of most young readers. This book would be a good choice for an elementary school book report, or a children's book club.
Story Snoops
Midwest Book Review
It can be hard to deal with a sick mother and new authority. "Yuri's Brush with Magic" is a novel aimed at young people. Tammy and Ken cope with their mother sick in the hospital with no certainty that she'll return. When their Aunt Yuri comes to take care of them, adapting isn't easy. But Yuri has something to encourage family among them, and the kids are rushing to find a secret behind the little magic their Aunt has for them. "Yuri's Brush with Magic" is a fun and thoughtful read, very highly recommended for young readers with an interest in Asian-influenced fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982454251
Publisher:
Sleepy Hollow Books
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Maureen Crane Wartski was born in Ahiya, Japan in 1942 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962. Wartski has written many middle-grade and young adult novels, among them the award-winning A Boat to Nowhere (Bank Street College of Education Award, 1980) and the critically acclaimed Candle in the Wind. Wartski is a frequent contributor to Boys' Life and has authored The Writer's Workbench, a manual for teaching writing in the secondary schools. Two of her novels, A Boat to Nowhere, and its sequel, A Long Way from Home, were selected for the California Department of Educations' Reading List. Her new book for preadolescents — Yuri's Brush with Magic (Sleepy Hollow Books, 2010) — is a coming-of-age story about a young Japanese American girl whose turtle rescue work soothes fears about her mother's recovery. Wartski and her family live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Yuri's Brush with Magic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
   Tammy and Ken's world seemed to crash to a sudden end when their father first asked, the told them they would be going away to spend the summer at the beach with "mean Aunt Yuri"! They had never met her, only heard how her parents and she had disowned and never communicated with their Nana again once she eloped with the children's grandfather. Their Nana had told them often of her family, especially, of her younger younger sister, Yuri. She gad died without ever hearing from her family again.  Now, out of nowhere, Yuri appears.  They had never even seen a picture of her! They did not want to leave their father, their home, and their mother, who lay in the hospital bed. Shortly after they arrived at the beachfront house, Ken devised a plan. Tammy did not really want to consent to his plan but he was older and she did not want to make him mad. In her efforts to assist him, she discovered intriguing things.  Ken, soon became occupied in helping a neighbor man, while they both detested Halsey and his irritating grandmother! The tale swiftly heightens the reader interest from the beginning. As characters and events are added, the story's frenzy increases and ends in an unbelievable conclusion. The book cover depicts this story very well. It is also very colorful and eye-catching.  The characters and  surrounding scenes are very real. This would be perfect for mid-elementary age to middle grade students to read.  It is also recommended for family or summer program reading. There are incredible points for discussion within this captivating novel. This was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.       
Sandra23 More than 1 year ago
Yuri's Brush with Magic is a fascinating blend of magic, history, adventure, tenderness, and excitement. My entire family loved this book - adults and children alike. The multiple interwoven plots are thought provoking, and the relationships among the characters are intriguing. Amidst some sadness is hope, and from some conflict comes growth. Truly a beautiful story which will inspire. Highly, highly recommended! Sandra
Granny-Franny More than 1 year ago
Maureen Crane Wartski has written a wonderful, absorbing book for boys and girls that has the capacity to draw young people in from the very beginning. From its skillfully drawn characters, both young and old, its attention to current real life issues, concern for animals and the environment and the many vicissitudes of growing up; this book hits its marks. The author does not sugarcoat the themes or their resolutions. Unanswered questions remain as they must. Characters grow and develop, change when possible. There is much substance in this little book that makes it readable, humorous and worthwhile. Very worth buying & keeping.