Waiting for the Magic

Readers Advisory 

By the Same Author: Patricia MacLachlan

Caleb’s story. The stranger lurking on the Witting family’s prairie farm turns out to be their long-lost grandfather, whose presence plus prodding from Sarah forces Jacob to deal with his past. (WorldCat.org)

Edward’s eyes. Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each other, and when he unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful eyes go to a perfect recipient. (WorldCat.org)

Sarah, plain and tall. When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. (WorldCat.org)

Skylark. When a drought tests the commitment of a mail-order bride from Maine to her new home on the prairie, her stepchildren hope they will be able to remain a family. (WorldCat.org)

The true gift. While spending Christmas at their grandparents’ farm, Lily becomes convinced that her younger brother Liam is right about White Cow being lonely and helps him seek a companion for her, leaving little time for Christmas preparations or reading. (WorldCat.org)

Your moon, my moon. Although their homes are different, a grandmother in New England and her loving grandson in Africa share the same moon. (WorldCat.org)

Realistic Fiction: Plot-Driven

Konigsburg, E.L. From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. (WorldCat.org)

Laguna, Sofie. Surviving Aunt Marsha. When Mum and Dad go on a much-needed vacation to “find their lost romance,” three Australian siblings are forced to spend three weeks with their least favorite aunt. (WorldCat.org)

McDonald, Megan. The hinky pink. Summoned to the Great Castle of Firenze to create a special dress for Princess Isabella Caramella Gorgonzola, Anabel, a talented seamstress, is at first delighted but then increasingly despairing as time passes and her efforts are continually subverted by an unseen sprite. (WorldCat.org)

Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that she alone might marry well. (WorldCat.org)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Léon. When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father. (WorldCat.org)

Realistic Fiction: Father – Deserting

Martin, Ann M. Coming apart. When Nikki’s father left her family, she thought all of the screaming and fighting at home would be over, but when he returns, she calls on the support of her mother and friends to pull her through the difficult time. (WorldCat.org)

O’Connor, Barbara. How to steal a dog. Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother’s calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer. (WorldCat.org)

Rubinstein, Gillian. Foxspell. Twelve-year-old Tod’s mystical links with a spirit, half man and half fox, and with the natural world surrounding his grandmother’s house in the Australian countryside challenge his attempt to adjust to the real world. (WorldCat.org)

Fantasy Fiction: Human-Animal Communication

Cleary, Beverly. The mouse and the motorcycle. A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. (WorldCat.org)

Greenburg, Dan. How to speak dolphin in three easy lessons. When Zack goes to Florida to visit Mel & Shirley’s Wonderful World of Dolphins, he is surprised to discover that he can understand and speak to dolphins, which enables him to solve a kidnapping. (WorldCat.org)

Horvath, Polly. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – detectives extraordinaire! Middle-schooler Madeline’s hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them. (WorldCat.org)

Osborne, Mary Pope. Good morning, gorillas. The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings encounter gorillas and learn to communicate with them. (WorldCat.org)

Vande Velde, Vivian. Smart dog. Fifth grader Amy finds her life growing complicated when she meets and tries to hide an intelligent, talking dog who has escaped from a university lab. (WorldCat.org)

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