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 My extremely normal fairy-tale life (Nell Of Gumbling)
 Author: Steinkellner, Emma

 Publisher:  Labyrinth Road (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 220 p., col. ill., col. map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 848269 ISBN: 9780593570661
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Humorous fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 City and town life -- Fiction

Price: $19.78

Seventh-grader Nell lives an ordinary life in the magical town of Gumbling, but yearns to land her dream apprenticeship and become an artist. In hybrid graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 521131

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2023 Gr 4 Up—Twelve-year-old Nell lives in the magical town of Gumbling with her two dads, little brother, and little sister. All of the students in her class selected apprenticeships they thought sounded most interesting, and Nell opted to work with a famous artist, but instead found herself stuck working in the town archives. As Nell and her friends dig into their new jobs, it starts to feel like their lives are moving in different directions. It doesn't help that two strangers come to town with plans to transform the quiet little community into a tourist destination, even if it means putting townspeople out of work. Nell has the power to help save the town, but first she'll need to repair her friendships and fix her relationship with her new boss! This graphic novel is presented in the form of Nell's illustrated journal, with some pages featuring mostly artwork, and others mostly words. This format also means that part of Nell's story is her emotional journey, and part of it is her journey as an artist. This book features funny and colorful illustrations of fantasy elements that will be familiar to readers, like centaurs and fairies, as well as new concepts like a magic star farm. VERDICT For older kids and younger teens who enjoy stories about magical adventures, friendship, and the challenges of growing up.—Andrea Lipinski - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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