Some might say Julian is sheltered. But he lives large, and his eternal optimism allows him to see infinite possibilities wherever he looks.
Despite his optimism, he is anxious about his stressed family falling apart. Even his ability to "uni-sense" what's happening with his sister is gone. If he can make his family focus on the magic in the universe, surely they'll appreciate life again. Now that they are moving from Washington, DC, to rural Maine, Julian can use his beloved telescope without any light pollution. He can discover a comet, name it for himself, and show his family how they're all truly connected.
As Julian searches the night sky, he encounters a force that may drive his plan apart. His neighbor, Mr. X, could bring an end to his parents' dream of opening their B&B. Could one negative force unravel everything? An avid student of science, Julian understands that there is much about the universe that we don't yet know. Who is to say what's possible and what's not?
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; Seeing Red, a Jane Addams Honor Book; The Badger Knight, lauded by Publishers Weekly as a book to "captivate readers"; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Kathryn lives and writes in central Virginia, and travels the world to talk about writing and seek out more stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Incredible Magic of Being" by Kathryn Erskine I guarantee you will never meet another character like Julian. He is a very special boy. When Julian and his family move to Maine, he is afraid of the lake near his new house. He also has to deal with his older sister, Pookie, who no longer likes him or anything else. Then there is the new neighbor, Mr. X, who doesn't like children but needs a friend nonetheless. Julian is determined to be that friend. He could use one as well. But then Mr. X makes Julian a deal. If Julian will learn how to swim, they can share a new puppy. Julian really wants a dog, but can he conquer his fear of the water in order to get one? I liked Julian from the start. He's a great kid who just wants peace in his family and someone who will listen to him. Mom and Joan are good to him, but they are very busy. That's why he gravitates to Mr. X, a lonely old man. Julian figures they need each other. I loved the thoughts going through Julian's head. He has a special way of looking at things, which was sometimes amusing. He's very interested in the magic of the universe, and he makes the reader curious as well. It was a real treat reading this book. I recommend it for anyone who believes that magic doesn't only come from a wand.