Waiting for the Magic

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sep 18, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
24 Reviews
People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall (Booklist).

When William’s father leaves, his mother promptly goes out and adds four dogs and a cat to their lives. William’s sure that nothing can fill the hole left by his father, but the new additions to the family are determined to help. With his sister, Elinor, and his mother, William will learn that “family” can come in all shapes and sizes, because sometimes we find love through magic, and sometimes that magic is all around us.

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User Review  - dms02 - LibraryThing

This was a sweet book that we read aloud. This may be the first book we read that had a real life situation/problem that we could discuss(the father in the story leaves his family for a while). I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

When William's father leaves yet one more time, he is weary of it all. Angry and frustrated, even though Williams mother is a steady, strong woman, William feels as though he has to protect his mother ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel, Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull, The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest, and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. Illustrating books has always been her dream.

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