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Author: Primavera, Elise
Marigold Star is destined for greatness. Everyone in Bramblycrumbly thinks so. There's just one problem. Marigold can't do magic! Then one day she tries a new spell written in a very old book. It's called the Invis-O-Friend Spell, and it makes Marigold invisible to all but the friend who needs her most. To her surprise, the spell works! But now there's another problem. The spell sent Marigold to the human world. And to return home, she'll have to befriend lots of friendless human children.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 3–6—Marigold lives in a land where everyone has magical abilities. Unfortunately, she has yet to master simple spells like flying and turning invisible. A star floats above her head, signaling that she is marked for greatness, but the only thing she is good at is making friends. When Marigold accidently makes her wand disappear, she utters a spell that brings her to the terrifying, forbidden human world. There she is invisible to everyone except the unfriendliest girl in the world, who is fearlessly adept at conjuring magic with Marigold's wand. In her quest to retrieve it, Marigold meets two others who can see her: an incredibly shy boy who thinks she is a superhero, and a girl who wants to run away from home. Together, they brave the Spookety Forest and confront Super Scary Shadow Boy. Meanwhile, friends from Marigold's world seep into the human world, a sure sign that disaster is imminent unless she gets her wand back. As the quest continues, Marigold helps her human friends overcome their problems and they help her gain the confidence she needs to produce magic. Readers will be able to relate to the engaging characters. When Marigold returns home, the discovery of her special power makes sense and provides a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A pleasant general purchase for fantasy readers who enjoy friendship stories.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2019 Marigold, who lives in Bramblycrumbly, has a star magically floating above her head, a talent for making friends, and five problems. Unlike others her age, she can neither fly nor make herself invisible. For unknown reasons, her star is flashing. She’s constantly misplacing her wand. And since her sister’s birth, home just isn’t the same. Accompanied by her pet dragon, she visits Granny Cabbage, who charges Marigold with discovering her magic talent and warns her sternly, “don’t ever lose your magic wand.” But shortly after beginning her quest, Marigold loses her wand to a disagreeable human girl. Can she set things right? Appealing shaded-pencil drawings appear at intervals throughout the book. Friendship is at the heart of the story, and Marigold serves as a good role model, providing practical help and sound advice for acquaintances who find it hard to befriend others. This gentle fantasy will probably appeal most to primary-grade kids who are proficient readers and middle-graders who enjoy adventure stories softened by a sense of coziness and the near certainty of a happy ending. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.