by Pat LaMarche
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Pub Date 10 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2019
Sunbury Press, Inc., Milford House Press
Magic Diary is funny, frightening, and fantastic. The unique structure of this novel delivers sensitive insight into the life and death struggles of a critically ill child and her family. When a charming 14-year-old former cancer patient relapses, she pours her heart into the journal her high school English teacher gives her.
Encouraged to share her thoughts with the diary, Genevieve is promised magical results. Her teacher pledges “If you write what you’re thinking, time will pass more quickly.” Knowing how slowly time can pass in the hospital, Genevieve does as she is told.
Like most 21st century cancer patients, Genevieve has to face her fears while she struggles to get better. Genevieve worries how her illness effects those she loves. She strives to relate what she learns in school with what her own family and the other ill and injured children of the hospital’s pediatric floor must face.
Magic Diary is a modern day “A Christmas Carol” full of spectral visitors who help Genevieve better understand love, fear, living, and dying – with tales of how they faced those challenges when they were alive. Magic Diary is a 21st century history book full of historic figures sharing their experiences so a hopeful kid can better understand the world around her. Y
You’ve never had so much fun learning about the past!
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Average rating from 13 members
4.5/5 stars. I fell in love with Ms. Genevieve Flynn immediately. The refreshing, witty, and authentic voice of this adorable teenager is captured on the pages of her 'magic diary.' A wise English teacher gives Genevieve the journal to help cope with emotions as the teen spends endless hours in the hospital during treatment for a relapse of ALL. Through her magical diary, Genevieve is visited by historical personalities who give her (and her readers) valuable history lessons that help the protagonist come to terms with her illness and her own place in history. Genevieve graciously shares her story and her hospital room with a lively cast of believable and endearing characters: her doctors, nurses, the night janitor, her loving Nana, visiting teachers, and even a tarot card reader.
As an example of courage, strength, and grace, I strongly recommend this magical story. Let the magic of this diary teach you how to deal with illness and the fear of loss. Thank you Sunbury Press, Inc. and Milford House Press for the opportunity to read and review this advanced copy.
I think this book is worth a read for readers under the age of eleven. Since I do not fall under that age category, I may not be the best to give a review, but I think it should be a 3.5 rounded to three stars book. At times the plot was at a crawling pace and the writing was stilted and unnatural, but the premise and Genevieve's story was nice. Good work, and keep it up Pat LaMarche!
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