The Incredible Magic of Being (Hardcover)

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National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine delivers a contemporary story about a boy with a mystical worldview and a love of science and comets as he faces questions about what makes him special.

Some might say Julian is sheltered. But he lives large, and his eternal optimism allows him to see infinite possibilities wherever he looks.

Despite his optimism, he is anxious about his stressed family falling apart. Even his ability to "uni-sense" what's happening with his sister is gone. If he can make his family focus on the magic in the universe, surely they'll appreciate life again. Now that they are moving from Washington, DC, to rural Maine, Julian can use his beloved telescope without any light pollution. He can discover a comet, name it for himself, and show his family how they're all truly connected.

As Julian searches the night sky, he encounters a force that may drive his plan apart. His neighbor, Mr. X, could bring an end to his parents' dream of opening their B&B. Could one negative force unravel everything? An avid student of science, Julian understands that there is much about the universe that we don't yet know. Who is to say what's possible and what's not?

About the Author

Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; Seeing Red, a Jane Addams Honor Book; The Badger Knight, lauded by Publishers Weekly as a book to "captivate readers"; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Kathryn lives and writes in central Virginia, and travels the world to talk about writing and seek out more stories.

Praise For…

"Julian's distinctive narration, awash in supernatural perceptions as well as a nine-year-old's natural misconceptions, is a tour de force....Touching contemporary magical realism, with a final twist that truly surprises." -- School Library Journal

"A timeless and affecting, slightly paranormal exploration of familial attachments." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mockingbird:

Winner of the National Book Award

"Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asperger's." -- Booklist

"A valuable book." -- School Library Journal

"A strong and complex character study." -- The Horn Book

"Julian really is a thoughtful, engaging narrator and kids will enjoy hanging out with him in this or any other universe." -- BCCB

Praise for Seeing Red:

*"A powerful indictment of injustice of all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership." -- Booklist, starred review

"This thought-provoking book will be a valuable addition for any library." --Library Media Connection

Praise for The Badger Knight:

*"The integration of historical facts into the text is seamless; readers will leave knowing a sturdy amount about England and Scotland in 1346 but won't even notice how much they are learning, as it is all so cleanly embedded into Adrian's gripping, often harrowing, adventures." -- BCCB, starred review

"Her skillful rendering of medieval life-its smells and limitations and ignorance - is reminiscent of the best from Kathryn Cushman or Avi's Crispin novels." -- Booklist

"The medieval-era mud and dung, as well as a scene of graphic battle violence, should captivate readers seeking total immersion in a distant, yet vibrantly imagined era." -- Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338148510
ISBN-10: 1338148516
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English