Marvella Finds Her Magic
The Marvelous Marvella J.Q.
by Annette Daniels Taylor
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022
Marvella Juanita Quincy loves her life in Brooklyn. But her parents are getting a divorce and she has to move upstate with her mom. Marvella is miserable in her new school, where she has to deal with bullies like Rocco Laurie. Without any friends to talk to, she makes a wish on a shooting star. Soon, Marvella discovers a new secret power—talking to animals. She’s in for one wild adventure!
Reading Level - Grade 2-3
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 2 members
Marvella Finds Her Magic is a really fun book about a young girl whose parents get a divorce. She has to move to a new town and new school, and face new obstacles. I really liked Marvella's spunk and the author's voice was great in conveying that. I wish there were a few more illustrations just to aid the story. Overall, very enjoyable!
This beginner chapter book tells the story of Marvella who has to deal with her parent's divorce and moving to a new city, problems which elementary school readers will empathize with. Marvella develops a special power - being able to speak to animals! Again, what Grade 2 student wouldn't be sold on a book about talking to animals?! In my opinion, this book (and series) is sure to be a hit with children who are ready to move on from picture books but still benefit from larger fonts, less text on a page, short chapters and pictures. The book is a little over 50 pages long, is broken into about 13 chapters, each about 2-5 pages long and include about 1 black and white picture each. As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library and would recommend it for parents and teachers of children in the 6-10 range who are starting to read longer books. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book! I look forward to checking out the rest of the books in the series when they are available!