The Magic of Melwick Orchard
by Rebecca Caprara
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2018
Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books ®
After more moves than they can count, Isa's family finally puts down roots. People in town are afraid of the abandoned orchard behind their home, but Isa and her sister Junie are happy to have acres of land to explore.
But when Junie gets sick, Isa's mom falls into a depression, and medical bills force Isa's dad to work more. No one notices that Isa's clothes are falling apart and her stomach is empty.
Out of frustration, Isa buries her out-grown sneakers in the orchard. The next day a sapling sprouts buds that bloom to reveal new shoes. Can Isa use this magical tree to save her family?
"Readers will fall in love with strong-willed, spunky Isa in this magical story about hope, resilience, and what it means to be family."—Abby Cooper, author of Bubbles and Sticks and Stones
"A beautiful bloom of a book, rooted in friendship, hope, and love. This stunning debut will make you believe in magic—on the page, and in your heart!"—Bridget Hodder, author of The Rat Prince
"Caprara beautifully captures the unbreakable bond between sisters when life throws a curveball. A tender and imaginative debut."—Jenn Bishop, author of 14 Hollow Road and The Distance to Home
"Rebecca Caprara has beautifully walked the line between magic and real life in The Magic of Melwick Orchard. For families with children who have illnesses, they will see the truth of what it is like when one member of the family is sick. This story will hold your heart, break it, and then mend it back together."—Kati Gardner, author of Brave Enough
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Average rating from 9 members
What a great ARC and I can’t believe this isn’t the authors first MG novel. She has found her spot and I’m so excited that she joined this world, This was beautiful. Clear, a nice balance of dynamic and small town slowness that eased you into feeling like you were really there’s in this intimate moment of Isa’s life. The messaging was fantastically done without being heavy handed or on the contrary, too aloof. This is one of those stories where there are conflicts that feel so real and everyone involved... is right. This evening moments where you can see from everyone’s point of view is one of my favorite type of well done scenes in a good story, as I find that’s usually most true to life. I thought that the author created a real, rich character and I’m amazed at how she wrote such a heavy story (mental health struggles and childhood illness is pretty heart wrenching ) that was so delightfully intertwined with wonder and whimsy. The youngest human in the mix didn’t always read like her age, but I think that was part of the point and she was so fun that it worked out well enough. Excellent and lovely, truly a book for the heart. I loved it.
This book is a beautifully written, perfect combination of magic and reality. It is story of sister love and being brave enough to accept a new friend. Twelve year old Isa’s family is falling to pieces while her six year old sister battles cancer. Isa discovers a magic tree and how to open herself up to making a new friend and doing what she can to help her family. Filled with characters you can cheer for, you don’t want to miss this wonderful middle grade novel.