"An endlessly endearing story of three girls’ pursuit of friendship and the beauty and challenge of what it means to be 10.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Like Magic is truly a treasure.” —Liz Garton Scanlon, author of The Great Good Summer
“Debut novelist Vickers has created three appealing, diverse characters with distinct talents and voices. A sweet story of friendship.” —School Library Journal
“Themes of sharing, trust, and family never overshadow the story’s heart: a natural longing for friendship and the unfettered joy of finding it.” —Publishers Weekly
“Endearing. The setting and gracefully embedded ethnic differences add freshness to a story with a message that will stand the test of time: friendship is like magic.” —Booklist
For three ten-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big.
Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada hopes she’ll stop feeling so alone if she finds the mother who left years ago. And Malia fears the arrival of her new baby sister will forever change the family she loves.
When the girls each find a mysterious treasure box in their library and begin to fill the box with their own precious things, they start to feel less alone. But it’s up to Grace, Jada, and Malia to take the treasures and turn them into something more: true friendship.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I adore this book and the three main characters: quiet Grace, loving Malia, artistic Jada. Each girl is struggling with something that seems huge in her life, and each feels alone. A kind librarian and a treasure box help the girls connect to each other, and the resulting story is a beautiful, textured tribute to friendship. The multiple starred reviews are well deserved!
Sweet. Lovely. Touching. I have so many adjectives for this book! The story is one of friendship, courage, acceptance of change, and new beginnings. Vickers' characters are incredibly vivid and their stories intertwine seamlessly. I want to be friends with all of the girls! And I loved the Salt Lake City setting. Wonderful debut!
A lovely story about friendship.
Review In a touching, gentle middle grade novel, three ten year old girls grapple with big changes as they get ready for the new school year. Shy, anxious Grace, misses her best friend, the first girl her own age she made a strong connection with, who moved across the country to Boston. Jada, along with her dad, makes a big move to Salt Lake City, leaving the East Coast behind for an unfamiliar city. And Malia adjusts to her new role as a big sister, with her mom in the hospital on bed rest. What brings the girls together? Well, some might call it a little bit of magic in the form a treasure box in the library's lost and found, but others might notice a certain children's librarian recognizing some girls in need. I'm a sucker for middle grade stories that deal with friendship. So many of them are about friendships on the fritz, but instead of taking the familiar path, Vickers focuses on the just as important beginning. Friendships flickering on the edge of chance encounters, and possibility. I love these three girls, all of them dealing with different challenges, but bravely and sensitively. I loved seeing how the arts -- creative writing, painting, and music -- play a role in bringing them together