My Own Magic

Kim Votry
Third Place Press (2012)
ISBN 9781609440589

Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 10) for Reader Views (1/13)

“My Own Magic” by Kim Votry is a book about a twelve-year-old girl named Morgan and her best friend named Natasha. When a new teacher by the name of Anna Prosaic comes to teach the students how to write a novel for the NaNoWriMo contest, everyone thinks that it is impossible.  Who could write 6,000 words in thirty days?  That’s twenty-five pages!  Everyone was sure that was impossible.  

Morgan is very suspicious as to why a famous author would come to teach at her school; she thinks the teacher must be a witch who is there to steal the students’ imagination.  A bunch of coincidences keep happening that make Morgan even more convinced that Mrs. Prosaic is a witch.  For example, one day when Mrs. Prosaic opens the window, a crow flies down and lands on a branch nearby.  This (a crow) is on the students’ list of “witchy” things, right along with warts and brooms.  But the thing that absolutely convinces Morgan is that her friends are falling to the witch’s spell and enjoying NaNoWriMo.  Is she right?  Are her friends falling under the spell one by one or is she just jumping to conclusions?

The book is different from books that I usually read in the sense that it inspires writing and creativity and imagination.  It is a very interesting way to see the struggles and successes of someone doing NaNoWriMo.

I would recommend “My Own Magic” by Kim Votry to people who are interested in writing a book of their own and to people who like a book with a message.  The message of this book is that NaNoWriMo is possible and even fun for ordinary people.  As a consequence of this book, even I might be willing to try NaNoWriMo. 

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