The Magic Pencil

The Magic Pencil


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ISBN-13: 9780615282916
Publisher: Dabs & Company
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Series: Magic Pencil Series , #1
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

Karen E. Dabney resides in Detroit, Michigan.

She possesses a BFA from The University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy. She enjoys writing and doing visual art. Karen also works with youth in many capacities; thereby keeping her inner-child well-fed.

Publications as author or artist include: 44th Barack H. Obama The Commemorative Edition, Michigan Chronicle, For My People newspaper, Journal of Non-White Concerns, The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Newsletter, The University of Michigan Dearborn's The Michigan Journal, To the Poet in You, and Necessary Roughness: a self-published book of poetry.

Karen was accepted to attended writing workshops with the Voices of Our Nation's Arts Foundation (VONA) and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a member of the the International Reading Association, Urban Theater Magazine, National Conference of Artists, the Motown Writers' Network, Broadside Poets' Theatre, Project B.A.I.T, Concept East Theater, and Urban Theater Magazine.

The Magic Pencil is Karen's first novel for young adults. Although the book is geared toward the "tween" crowd, it is enjoyed by people of all ages. She also wrote and illustrated her first book, Unhappiness Is, at 14 years of age. The book sheds a comedic light on everyday situations and challenges. It contains 150 captions for illustrations.
Karen is promoting literacy to keep minds lit!

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The Magic Pencil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Nia555 More than 1 year ago
The Magic Pencil is an enjoyable book for young and old alike. It is a good read, especially for children who may have to be coaxed and learn the joy there is to be found in reading. There are a lot of life lessons given to help children succeed in life. The story is being told from a child's perspective while demonstrating his ability to code-switch. I would recommended this book to anyone!
cherylynn More than 1 year ago
Nia, the co-star in this book, makes kids realize the power they already possess within. She uses a pencil as the magical instrument. The book touches on the many dynamics of family and friends. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
BlackMagic2 More than 1 year ago
It Is Magic! The Magic Pencil can be called magical realism. The gist of it is that it's made to get young people to want to read and succeed. It uses "code switching" which is what a lot of folk do but don't see it being respected. Pencil is about a boy who's coming into his own. He's extra smart and meets a girl who is too but has a lot of more obvious talents. She challenges him and he takes it up. The story takes place in a neighborhood that might be an obstacle to children who live in it but this boy has the support of many positive people in his life. Especially men. He's confident and secure in whatever he chooses to do. He's a regular boy who doesn't hide his smarts! Makes a good gift and kids really get into it. Adults too. I did.