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The Incredible Magic of Being

By Kathryn Erskine   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338148534 Paperback
256 Pages | 5.27" x 7.57" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338148510 Hardcover
256 Pages | 5.81" x 8.58" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338148527 Ebook
256 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

Kathryn Erskine’s contemporary story about a boy who loves science and comets!

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?

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Incredible Magic of Being:

"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


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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." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books