Waiting for the Magic

Illustrated by Amy June Bates
LIST PRICE £4.99

About The Book

People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall (Booklist).

When William’s father leaves, his mother promptly goes out and adds four dogs and a cat to their lives. William’s sure that nothing can fill the hole left by his father, but the new additions to the family are determined to help. With his sister, Elinor, and his mother, William will learn that “family” can come in all shapes and sizes, because sometimes we find love through magic, and sometimes that magic is all around us.

About The Author

Photograph by John MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s StoryEdward’s EyesThe True GiftWaiting for the MagicWhite Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 2011)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442431256
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

Awards and Honors

  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award Master List (MN)
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List (FL)
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Gryphon Award Honor Book
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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