NOthing up My Sleeve
NOthing up My Sleeve
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Annotation: When best friends Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon the new magic shop in town, they know just how they will spend their summer vacation--mastering cool tricks so they can gain further access into the secret world of magic.
Catalog Number: #119022
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 385 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-34087-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-34087-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015015776
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Buddies Dominic, Z, and Loop discover the lure of illusion through their Texas town's new magic shop, Conjuring Cats. Determined to win a teen magician's competition, they spend the summer practicing their tricks. Lspez successfully layers rich characterization with the intrigue of magic tricks, while friendship, family, and individual conflicts present realistic challenges for the competitive boys. Trick names and magician credits are appended.
School Library Journal
Gr 46 Vanishing acts, illusions, sleights of hand, and much magic infuse this middle grade novel. Over the summer, a trio of competitive friends haphazardly visit Conjuring Cats, a shop that not only sells amazing tricks but also focuses on training new magicians. Soon, Dominic, Loop, and Z learn of a magic competition just for teens, but myriad obstacles stand in the way of each of the boys. As they prepare specific tricks and techniques, their frustrations mirror their individual weaknesses, which must all be conquered to successfully perform at the magic competition. Expenses, family dynamics, performance nerves, and magic skill become quite a tangle of challenges for the trio. In the end, through practicing magic, the boys learn much more about themselves, their friendship, and their families. López skillfully balances a realistically based friendship story with ample doses of magical elements. Students will be able to relate to these tweens who have authentic, everyday struggles: divorced parents, academic challenges, and financial troubles. Her layered plot will keep middle grade readers engaged, as chapters alternate focus among Loop, Dominic, and Z. Character development is strong, and personal thoughts and emotions are transparent as readers delve deeper into each boy's personal life. Children will be dazzled by López's inclusion of special techniques, popular tricks, and references to famed magicians; most readers will be tempted to try replicating the tricks on their own. VERDICT Intriguing magic and authentic perspectives make this a strong addition for middle grade collections in schools and public libraries. Mary-Brook J. Townsend, Episcopal Collegiate School Library, Little Rock, AK
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Word Count: 59,860
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 182463 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q70063
Lexile: 730L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

From beloved author Diana López comes an exciting middle grade story about three friends, a magic competition, and how far they'll go to succeed.

Sixth graders Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon a new magic
shop in town and can't wait to spend their summer mastering
cool tricks to gain access to the Vault, a key holders-only back
room bound to hold all kinds of secrets. And once they get
in, they set their sights even higher: a huge competition at the
end of the summer. They work on their card tricks, sleights,
and vanishing acts, trying to come up with the most awesome
routines possible....Problem is, the trip is expensive, and it's
money that each guy's family just doesn't have.

To make things worse, the shop-owners' daughter, Ariel (who
just so happens to be last year's competition winner), will do
anything to make sure the boys don't come out on top. Even pit
them against one another. Will they make it to the competition?
And if so, at what cost?

Diana López, author of Confetti Girl and Ask My Mood Ring
How I Feel
, offers a story that's just the right mix of heart,
high jinks, and a bit of magic.


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