Wicked Nix

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 09 Sep 2018

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This was a charming little book involving fairies. I think any middle grade would enjoy this and this would be a perfect addition for a middle grade classroom!
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I loved this charming small story. It's a fabulous early fairy fantasy for grade schoolers, and I'll definitely be reading it aloud with my littles.
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Awesome book! We loved it so much! What would happen if a human came into the fairy world?  You follow Nix ( a fairy filled with tricks!) in this story filled with mischievous adventures! 

Awesome middle grade chapter book for your little ones! I would totally recommend for a class room setting! 

The story was so great! I read it with  my two boys who had plenty of laugh out loud moments! Great story to pick up for a Christmas present! 


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A quirky story that works on a middle grade level as "just a story" but for older children can be examined for all sorts of themes of loss, sense of the self, othering, and belonging.
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I am always sold on the idea of Lena Coakley’s books, but they never seem to come together in a way that works for me. Mischievous fairy Nix is determined to do his fairy queen proud by keeping humans out of the forest, and he’s very good at playing tricks. But there’s more than just Nix’s mischief at play, and someone may be playing a much darker trick. So many people loved this book, so I must be missing something, but it just felt unsatisfying to me. The big twist was obvious early on, so I wanted something more to come from it, but it never did. The illustrations were gorgeous, though.
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Really cute middle grade fairy story. Would be great for upper elementary or middle grade reads. I think it would also be a great story to read to younger children.
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Wicked Nix is such a cute middle grade chapter book about a fairy who has been left behind when all of the other fairies return to their home in the summer country after their Midsummer celebration in the human lands, so he takes it upon himself to protect his little patch of forest from an encroaching human. However, he doesn't have any magic, so when "a people" starts moving into a little abandoned cottage on his turf, he has to get creative with his tricks. 

This book is so surprising and endearing. I'd definitely recommend for any kids who are into fairy tales, fairies, goblins, playing tricks and jokes, and general naughtiness. I definitely plan on reading this with my own little trouble-maker once he's a bit older.
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Great story for the fantasy loving children in our classrooms and homes! I loved the point of view of a naughty fairy; super cute twist on fairy tales.

I plan to use this in my Mock Newbery club for 4th and 5th graders!
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This book was pretty different from what I normally read. I was hoping I would be a little more involved, but I didn't dislike the story. I thought the book was really creative. I really liked the illustrations.
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Wicked Nix is a delightful little fantasy that middle graders are sure to love. I'd highly recommend it.
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WICKED NIX was cute and I definitely see a certain reader base for this story. Upper elementary and middle grade readers that enjoy a good fantasy with some magic will really enjoy this story. The author did a fabulous job at really transporting the reader to this magical world.
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What a great little story. I read it in about an hour. I only wish it were longer! I think this would be a good one to read aloud. For some reason, it reminded me of the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there you have it. If you enjoyed that book, you might like this one, too.
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Nix is a nasty little fairy who hates humans, particularly the human who has recently decided to take up residence in the house next to his tree in the fairy woods. He decides to frighten the human off, but he’s in for quite a surprise when the human fights back and refuses to be intimidated by Nix’s tricks.

Nix steps up his game with the help of a forest friend and a local little girl named Rose, whom Nix loves because she has magic and understands fairy logic. Together, they throw everything they have at the pesky human-and the human gives in, but only if Nix will let the human tell him a story…

Wicked Nix is a fun, fast-paced fairy story full of mischief, imagination, and surprises. Though it is classified as middle-grade, this story reads well, particularly aloud, to any age child. In fact, had the author not given some hints before the story started, I would have been caught completely off guard with the ending (without guessing it before I got there). I will definitely be sharing this little gem with my readers.
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Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley was short. The plot was simple. And at first I couldn’t quite figure out what the point of the story was. And then suddenly I was opened up to a world of emotions. I began this book slowly thinking it would just be an okay story, one that children would likely enjoy but didn’t really hold a lot of interest for me. 

I was very wrong. 

This story both broke my heart and mended it together again. Told from the eyes of the very wicked Nix himself, we’re introduced to a young fairy determined to please the “Good Queen,” as he calls her, by pestering the “man-people” who has moved into the small cottage in his forest. Certainly an unreliable narrator, the truth of Nix’s existence is revealed to us slowly as he learns more and more about his own reality. 

The man living in the cottage plays a very important role in building enlightenment for Nix and for a while I was starting to believe that perhaps the magic of this story didn’t really exist. Beautifully told, the novel’s middle and ending were the best and most emotionally moving I’ve read in some time. Despite how short this book is, Coakley does an excellent job of connecting you to the characters. While you are presented all the information through the voice of young Nix, readers are able to see through the misunderstandings of Nix to truly understand him. And it is this, I think, that captures the true emotion of the novel the best. 

I didn’t expect to be so impressed with Wicked Nix, nor did I expect it to make me cry. I loved this book and I definitely think it’s worth reading.
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I quite enjoyed this book and I'm a big fan of faerie stories, but all the ones I've previously come across have been YA or adult. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, and saw that it was middle grade, I had to request it, and was so pleased when I was accepted for a copy. I personally would have quite liked a longer story, I felt there could have been so much more actual story and it was a little rushed - it actually only took me about 40 minutes to read the whole book. It was very easy to read and I loved the main character Nix, I would definitely get this book for my nephews and recommend it to others; children and adults.
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This is a cute and surprising story of a little, naughty fairy. The story is from the fairy’s perspective, yet he doesn’t always know what he’s talking about, nor is he always honest. Nix tries scaring away a man living in a nearby cottage, but his tricks are not working so well…

“I warn you. If you don’t leave, I will put a curse upon your garden so that nothing grows but thorns. I will put a spell upon your hearth so that your fire always smokes. I will turn your well water into skunk spit and…and frog pee. I will give your cow wings, and she will fly to the moon!”

With this very unreliable narrator telling his tale, it made for a fun read with an endearing twist at the end.  Thank you to NetGalley, ABRAMS Kids and the author, Lena Coakley for this ARC, my opinions are my own.

This book will be released October 9, 2018.
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Wicked Nix was a charming, heartwarming, and touching little tale. You can tell Coakley was close to this story, it shows through the emotional details. I believe it is one of the best middle grade books I have ever read, and so many young people will feel connected to it. This is a book you read with your kids. This is a book that shows what family really means and will bring parent and child closer together. Congrats to Coakley for finding a story close to her heart and blowing our expectations out of the water.  I will have a full review posted on my blog.
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I loved the author's notes on this one that said it was a very personal story to her.  It's about a fairy named Nix who is trying to protect the forest in spite of being abandoned by the rest of the fairy tribe.  It's a great mystery and lots of fun to read.  I can't wait to put this one in my library.
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Fairy Nix is left to guard the woods for his beloved queen. He's particully annoyed by a human man who lives in a cottage in his woods, worried his queen will be mad if he can't get rid of the man. His friendship with the wise human child, Rose, gives him new ideas on how to deal with the man. But the man reveals to Nix that he’s not a fairy but a human child who was stolen long ago from his family, and that he is the younger brother now an old man. It's a bittersweet, tender story about a lost boy who finds that everything he's thought he's known is a lie.
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Such a fantastic little children's story. I love the fact that this book tells us that there is magic all around us. A wonderful book to rival the  likes of Enid Blyton herself.
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