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Lloyd, Natalie.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 0545552702

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Felicity Pickle, Word Collector and Poet Extraordinaire, has always longed to settle in one place, but her mother is cursed with the need to roam. Felicity has never been able to stay in one place long enough to make good friends. Then her family moves to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, and everything changes. She meets a boy named Jonah who spends his time secretly doing good deeds for others and recruits Felicity to help him. He also introduces her to many memorable citizens of Midnight Gulch, both past and present, and to the town’s rich magical history.  Can Jonah help her hatch a plan that will allow her to stay, and can they find a way to return magic to the town of Midnight Gulch?  You will have to read the book to find out!  (Prepared by:  Amy Blakely, E.B. Morse Elementary,
South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #2

Pickle is a word collector. Everywhere she looks she sees words around people. She writes them in her notebook and even on her shoes. She takes her words with her when they move, which is often because her mother has a wandering heart. When her mother, Felicilty, Frannie Jo and their dog, Biscuit move back to her mother's home town of Midnight Gulch, Felicity longs to stay. It feels like home and even magical. Her friend Jonah convinces her to enter the poetry duel at school even though Felicity doesn't like speaking in public. Felicity hopes her mother will stay at least until the duel's end, but ultimately for good.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Tennessee -- Fiction.

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