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The Magical Imperfect



by
Chris Baron

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Feiwel & Friends
ISBN
9781250767820
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: General , Social Issue: Body or Weight Shaming
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For fans of Wonder, an affecting story of two outcasts who become friends.

Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him.

When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the Creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much.

As the two become friends, other kids tease Etan for knowing the Creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: General , Social Issue: Body or Weight Shaming

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Magical Realism, Novels in Verse

Topics

Multigenerational families. Friendship. Jewish culture. Religion and spirituality. Bullying. San Francisco, California. Family life. Community. Earthquakes. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–The whole town eagerly watches the 1989 baseball playoffs, but Etan is unable to fully engage. Since his mother left, Etan has neither the energy nor the will to speak. He spends most of his time with his grandfather in his jewelry shop on Main Street and with the shopkeepers who are accepting of his silence. Delivering a package to a house outside of town, Etan encounters Malia, known by kids as “the Creature” because of the eczema that covers her body. She invites him in to meet her grandmother, a refugee from the Philippines who befriended Etan’s Jewish grandparents when they were escaping the horrors of the war in 1940. As this new friendship grows, Etan wants to help Malia’s eczema get better with his grandfather’s special clay, and to help her gain the confidence to sing at the local talent show. An earthquake that hits that day shakes everything up, but ultimately leads to Etan finding his voice, and Malia using hers to share her story. VERDICT Written in first person, this lyrical novel-in-verse invites readers into Etan’s world, who will be drawn in by his very silence and how friendship relies on listening just as much as speaking.–Connie Williams, Petaluma, CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–The whole town eagerly watches the 1989 baseball playoffs, but Etan is unable to fully engage. Since his mother left, Etan has neither the energy nor the will to speak. He spends most of his time with his grandfather in his jewelry shop on Main Street and with the shopkeepers who are accepting of his silence. Delivering a package to a house outside of town, Etan encounters Malia, known by kids as “the Creature” because of the eczema that covers her body. She invites him in to meet her grandmother, a refugee from the Philippines who befriended Etan’s Jewish grandparents when they were escaping the horrors of the war in 1940. As this new friendship grows, Etan wants to help Malia’s eczema get better with his grandfather’s special clay, and to help her gain the confidence to sing at the local talent show. An earthquake that hits that day shakes everything up, but ultimately leads to Etan finding his voice, and Malia using hers to share her story. VERDICT Written in first person, this lyrical novel-in-verse invites readers into Etan’s world, who will be drawn in by his very silence and how friendship relies on listening just as much as speaking.–Connie Williams, Petaluma, CA

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