The Incredible Magic of Being, by Kathryn Erskine

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Written by Kathryn Erskine


Julian is mesmerized by space, and when his family relocates from Washington D.C. to Maine, with so little light pollution he is better able to explore the night sky with his telescope. His family is not so interested in looking at the constellations and planets, since they have recently purchased a home with an attached bed and breakfast that needs some work before people can visit, and the family is busy. Julian’s sister, Pookie, has an attitude that is toxic, and even though Julian has some health issues, she is required to keep an eye on him, which bothers her.

Throughout the book Julian wants to share the wonders of the universe with his family, but his two moms and Pookie are not interested. He is optimistic and creative, trying to find solutions, which oftimes just annoys the family, but they tolerate his ideas. Julian shares facts about astronomy that are called “FARTs” (Facts and Random Thoughts.) Really clever. The story shares insights and mysteries that are uplifting and informative.

Age appropriate for 4-7th graders.

Review by Lori Draney, Gourley Elementary
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 4-7 Grade

The Incredible Magic of Being
Written by Kathryn Erskine
Scholastic Press
256 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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