A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

by Lisa Papademetriou


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062371218
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,313,593
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Papademetriou spends most of her time in the Dreamway, even when she’s awake. She is the author of Apartment 1986 and A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic and lives in Massachusetts with her family.


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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Kai doesn’t know what to expect when she is staying with her great-aunt in Texas for a while. Her great-aunt is a poet, listens to rap, and wears red tennis shoes. When Kai is looking around the house, she discovers a book that is blank except for one page, called The Exquisite Corpse. On an impulse, she writes a sentence into the book. Strangely, the next time she opens it, the book has more paragraphs written! On the other side of the world, in Pakistan, Leila is visiting her father’s family. She is walking through the family library and finds a strange book with only one full page, and a handwritten sentence. It is called The Exquisite Corpse. She ends up writing another sentence after the paragraphs ended. And so the adventure begins connecting two different worlds. What I Thought- This was a fun book. I really enjoyed reading about how the two girls and how they interacted without realizing it. It was neat seeing how the stories connected to each other as the book unfolded. The characters are realistic, and Ms. Papademetriou does a great job at making it so that it is a believable story. Kai and Leila are both out of their comfort zones – Leila is in a mostly Muslim country with more strict expectations but she was raised in a more liberal environment. Kai’s single mother is slightly protective of her, and Kai’s great-aunt lets her run around the small town after dark. It is a culture shock to both of them and you can see as they both get accustomed to their surroundings a little, and they find out more about themselves in the process. I found it funny that by the end of the book, it turns out that Leila and Kai live in the same city (but the book doesn’t say if they meet) – Awesome ending!!! *NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! There are two stories woven together: Kai's and Leila's. It's summer, and Kai is visiting her grandmother in Texas while Leila is staying with relatives in Pakistan. (Both are feeling lonely in these strange new places.) Kai and Leila are on opposite sides of the world, but their lives are connected when each discovers a magical book. Little by little, the book reveals the story of Ralph Flabbergast and Edwina Pickle. The different worlds and stories come together in the end to reveal the magic that connects everyone. If you love stories with magic and mystery and adventure, read this book!
DaisyBookworm More than 1 year ago