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From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and ma From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be. But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with. Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.


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From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and ma From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be. But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with. Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

30 review for One Jar of Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    "Except that's not quite exactly what was wrong to begin with. The thing I'm most scared of in my family was never that they might split up. It's that they might always stay together like this." "My father is a hundred wonderful things. But he is also a few not-wonderful things." "Magic can only fix the surface of things. Magic can change what you see, but it can't change anything deep down." -------------------------------- Imagine your father is one of the most famous magic gatherers in the world "Except that's not quite exactly what was wrong to begin with. The thing I'm most scared of in my family was never that they might split up. It's that they might always stay together like this." "My father is a hundred wonderful things. But he is also a few not-wonderful things." "Magic can only fix the surface of things. Magic can change what you see, but it can't change anything deep down." -------------------------------- Imagine your father is one of the most famous magic gatherers in the world and he has high hopes for your first magic gathering. All of your life he has spent preparing you for the glory of this day and your chance to carry on his legacy. He's even given you a nickname, 'Little Luck.' But when that day comes, after the magic has disappeared, you have only gathered only one jar. This is Rose Alice's fate. Suddenly her life is thrown into turmoil when her father's lifelong dreams for her are not realized. She begins to see how her father has always treated her mother and brother, like an average person not capable of greatness, she sees this because this is now how he treats her. This story covers some very serious topics around self-esteem and touches on domestic violence. Not the overwhelming domestic violence you think about when you see families on the news but the more subtle type that can be just as dangerous and much easier to hide. The dedication is beautiful: "To everyone who thought they had to be someone better, stronger, faster, more. To everyone who helped them understand they were enough just as they were." I wish this book was on the shelves when I was Rose's age. It would have helped me understand that my dad's anger and violent outbursts were not my fault. That his expectations for my behavior did not define my worth. This is a great middle grade read with a powerful message. Don't assume by its fun cover that it is just about whimsical magic, there is so much more to the narrative. Thank you to Katherine Tegen books for an advanced copy and allowing me to read and provide my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Soup

    Readers picking up a copy of One Jar of Magic could be excused for assuming, as I did, that it's a pleasant little magical story about a girl who discovers her true self instead of the self her parents expect her to be. What it is, however, is a heartbreaking (and yet somehow beautifully told) story about the generational verbal, emotional, and, eventually, physical domestic violence. Readers should be aware that this book may be triggering, particularly to those who have grown up in and lived i Readers picking up a copy of One Jar of Magic could be excused for assuming, as I did, that it's a pleasant little magical story about a girl who discovers her true self instead of the self her parents expect her to be. What it is, however, is a heartbreaking (and yet somehow beautifully told) story about the generational verbal, emotional, and, eventually, physical domestic violence. Readers should be aware that this book may be triggering, particularly to those who have grown up in and lived in homes where abuse is present. Rose Alice Anders is 12 and will be permitted, for the first time, to gather her own magic at the annual magic gathering ceremony. She is burdened with high expectations because her father, the town's most skillful magic gatherer, has been convinced since her birth that she will be as talented as he is. She is expected to continue his extraordinary and privileged legacy, one that she is so sure of she regularly makes herself obnoxious in the presence of her peers. But Rose's status as the golden child has prevented her from fully understanding the reality of her father's rages, her brother's complicated half-jealous relationship with her, her mother's desperate efforts to continually appease her husband, or the true nature of the town's esteem for her family. When Rose fails to live up to the expectations of her father and community, she begins to realize that what she has always thought about herself, magic, her father, and her community is not the fixed narrative her father has always insisted it is. Haydu's story, while rooted in fantasy, is remarkable for its extraordinarily accurate depiction of a family, and to some extent an entire community, subject to one man's need to control everything and the violence he deploys to ensure said control. While readers are likely to arrive at the conclusion far earlier than Rose that her father is an abuser, Rose's own awakening is compelling. Her father's violent narcissism is palpable, as is the constantly uncertain terrain his family navigates as they try to keep him perpetually appeased. I read the book in a single sitting and by the later half I didn't need the narrator to note when Rose would experience a sudden chill as her father leapt, lightening fast, from happy to enraged -- I was experiencing the chill myself. My only complaint is that there is insufficient information conveyed to the reader before reading the novel that this text may be triggering, which may result in unintended harm to readers. While there are resources for abuse victims included at the end, I can't help but wish this theme had been made a little clearer at the outset. ARC via Netgalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    A book that will leave you thinking for awhile. This layered story of abuse and having something that is desired by all, is one that will leave readers talking about what it all really means. A good book club choice. I think this is Haydu’s best writing to date.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-arc to review. I really enjoyed this book. Haydu did such a wonderful job of capturing all of the not-a-little-kid-anymore-but-still-not-really-grown-up-yet feelings of being 12 in Rose. My mama heart just wanted to pick her up and hold her. I feel so bad for her, and I'm so proud of how she grew through the book. Rose's dad is absolutely awful. TW:(view spoiler)[while it's only alluded to, her dad is straight-up abusive. I caught myself being Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-arc to review. I really enjoyed this book. Haydu did such a wonderful job of capturing all of the not-a-little-kid-anymore-but-still-not-really-grown-up-yet feelings of being 12 in Rose. My mama heart just wanted to pick her up and hold her. I feel so bad for her, and I'm so proud of how she grew through the book. Rose's dad is absolutely awful. TW:(view spoiler)[while it's only alluded to, her dad is straight-up abusive. I caught myself being legitimately angry at him several times throughout the book. And I'm pretty sure that there is a veiled reference to him altering Rose's memory at one point regarding a broken wrist. Ugh. (hide spoiler)] He gets what he wants, when he wants it, how he wants it, or he throws an epic, childish fit (at best). Rose several times implies that she and her brother are afraid of him (but only sometimes), and describes in detail how uncomfortable her mother is when he's near her. It's seriously heartbreaking. Throughout the story, Rose is coming to terms with not quite being who she thought she was, and who she was expected to be. That's tough for anyone, let alone someone with a famous father and who has the expectations of the entire town resting on her. She is very introspective, and aware of how she feels - even if she's not sure exactly what it is she's feeling. Rose has to make a lot of really difficult decisions, and in my opinion, comes out on top. Terrific story. I will definitely be purchasing for my library when it's published.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    There were some fun magical elements to the book - giant bounce houses, lemonade fountains, and pink hair, to name a few, but the book also had much darker themes. Although the dad's abusive tendencies weren't really spelled out, you picked up on more and more of them as the story went. Keeping that in mind I would recommend this more of an Upper MG read and would be aware that the story could be a trigger for some children. As Rose turns 12 she is finally allowed to capture the magic that every There were some fun magical elements to the book - giant bounce houses, lemonade fountains, and pink hair, to name a few, but the book also had much darker themes. Although the dad's abusive tendencies weren't really spelled out, you picked up on more and more of them as the story went. Keeping that in mind I would recommend this more of an Upper MG read and would be aware that the story could be a trigger for some children. As Rose turns 12 she is finally allowed to capture the magic that everyone believes she is destined for. But it doesn't go the way she expects and she wrestles with feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy. Throughout the story Rose must face the question, is she enough? I think this is a question a lot of kids can relate to, especially as they approach their teenage years and begin to function with more independence away from their parents. Kids will also be able to relate to the friendships in the story. With thanks to NetGalley and Katherine Tegen Books for an early copy in return for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    First of all, this cover is so colorful and magical in itself! I didn’t know the premise of this one, but it’s very deep. Lots of kids trying to discover that, yes, they are enough just as they are, will relate to this book. We also all have someone, or sometimes multiple people, in our lives who fit this description. “My father is a hundred wonderful things, but he is also a few not-wonderful things.” This dad was a pivotal character; complicated relationship is an understatement. Such a difficu First of all, this cover is so colorful and magical in itself! I didn’t know the premise of this one, but it’s very deep. Lots of kids trying to discover that, yes, they are enough just as they are, will relate to this book. We also all have someone, or sometimes multiple people, in our lives who fit this description. “My father is a hundred wonderful things, but he is also a few not-wonderful things.” This dad was a pivotal character; complicated relationship is an understatement. Such a difficult topic, but kids need to know others out there feel this way. An upper middle grade novel that will be especially good for kids who fit these descriptions.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.

    One Jar of Magic is a beautifully well-written story about not just magic but also family dynamics and abuse. When I began reading this story, I was not aware that it would deal with such heavy content. The author wrapped the abuse in a setting of magical realism and hinted at it rather than exposing in detail. It was a little difficult for me to follow at first, especially because that aspect of the plot was so unexpected for me. I appreciated learning more about Rose's father's back story and One Jar of Magic is a beautifully well-written story about not just magic but also family dynamics and abuse. When I began reading this story, I was not aware that it would deal with such heavy content. The author wrapped the abuse in a setting of magical realism and hinted at it rather than exposing in detail. It was a little difficult for me to follow at first, especially because that aspect of the plot was so unexpected for me. I appreciated learning more about Rose's father's back story and Rose's growth in discovering who she is as a person apart from magic and her father. I would recommend this novel for fans of magical realism, though would advise that some of the content may be triggering for readers who may be unsuspecting of the abuse story line.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I loved Haydu's other books but I never found that connection with this one. The magic wasn't really explained and the characters had no depth. The conversations were very stilted between the characters and there was a plethora of run on sentences. Rose was wicked narcissistic and resorted to belittling her teacher and friends just to remind them that her father was a famous magic catcher and soon she would be one too. I understood she received her ego from her father, but her personality was on I loved Haydu's other books but I never found that connection with this one. The magic wasn't really explained and the characters had no depth. The conversations were very stilted between the characters and there was a plethora of run on sentences. Rose was wicked narcissistic and resorted to belittling her teacher and friends just to remind them that her father was a famous magic catcher and soon she would be one too. I understood she received her ego from her father, but her personality was on the extreme side. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hottinger

    Rose is expected to follow in her father’s footsteps. Magic is his world, but Rose does not hear magic and struggled to collect one jar. Dad is easily angered and Rose so wants to please her father, but is that really the answer. Should Rose live in fear of her father, silencing her thoughts and opinions, walking on eggshells as magic does not seem to make her father better or those around him. Can Rose find power without magic?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Hicks

    I picked up this book thinking it will be a cute middle grade novel about magic, but it was so much more. It was about navigating friendships, mean girls, abuse, and finding yourself. What a powerful story! This will be a must have for every middle grade library!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Rose Anders and her family are looking forward to New Year, when children who have turned twelve get a chance to gather magic for the first time. Since her father Wendell is widely known to father the most magic, Rose is known as "Little Luck", and everyone assumes that she will also excel at the crucial skill. Magic, which is kept in jars, is used throughout the year for various purposes. Each jar has a different purpose, and the people whom magic chooses must de E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Rose Anders and her family are looking forward to New Year, when children who have turned twelve get a chance to gather magic for the first time. Since her father Wendell is widely known to father the most magic, Rose is known as "Little Luck", and everyone assumes that she will also excel at the crucial skill. Magic, which is kept in jars, is used throughout the year for various purposes. Each jar has a different purpose, and the people whom magic chooses must determine its use, although the magic all seems to be used for insignificant things. Rose's friends Ginger and Maddy are also going to collect magic, but they have grown weary of the attention that Rose gets, and tired of her attitude as well. When New Year comes and Rose only gathers one jar of magic, it becomes a topic of much discussion. Everyone is upset, and when her father gets upset, it isn't good for anyone. While the town where Rose lives is magic, there are towns nearby full of people who "aren't meant for magic", and when Rose and her mother stop by a diner on their way home from the gathering, they meet Zelda and her family, who don't want anything to do with magic. As Rose tries to figure out her life without magic, she finds out family secrets and comes to terms with the way her father acts. Strengths: This is mainly a story about an abusive household, and there is certainly a need for those stories. Roberts' 1977 Don't Hurt Laurie still circulates in my library and was my daughter's favorite. Of course, in that time, attitudes are treatment of this topic has changed, and Rose's story hints at the abuse and describes it in circumspect terms so as not to trigger readers who might have personal experience with it. I enjoyed the subplot with Rose and Maddy's friendship, since friend drama works in just about any middle grade novel, and Zelda was an interesting presence. The father's backstory was helpful to include later in the book, and the message that magic only treated the surface of things was interesting. Weaknesses: While I understand why the father's behavior was described in vague terms, this made the story a bit harder to understand, especially since the world building made it hard for me to pinpoint exactly what the magic and why there were communities that didn't have magic. Some of my readers may struggle with the development of both of these topics as well. What I really think: Haydu includes a very helpful foreword about her opinions concerning grief. I have very different views, which might explain why I don't enjoy her books (The Rules for Stealing Stars (2015), The Someday Suitcase (2017), Eventown (2019)) as much. Fans of magical realism with sad overtones like Redman's Quintessence ,Staniszewski's The Wonder of Wildflowers. Ruby's Penelope March is Melting or Lloyd's A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary will enjoy this layered and lyrical novel.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    “If only I had three wishes.” Many times we think we could make things better if we had three wishes, or even one wish. We spend time dreaming and planning how that magic would change our lives—for the better, of course. But even though we love the idea of magic, and we delightedly watch magicians perform their tricks, we realize that magic is an illusion. A definition of magic is “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces,” the key word “If only I had three wishes.” Many times we think we could make things better if we had three wishes, or even one wish. We spend time dreaming and planning how that magic would change our lives—for the better, of course. But even though we love the idea of magic, and we delightedly watch magicians perform their tricks, we realize that magic is an illusion. A definition of magic is “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces,” the key word being “apparently.” Belling Bright is a town run on magic; magic completes homework, changes weather, provides fancy clothing. And the most powerful, famous person in town is the one who has the most magic. It is assumed that magic makes everything in the town better and that those who control magic know how best to use it, especially Wendell Anders. Rose Alice Anders has been told over and over how, on the day of her birth, her father captured 161 jars of magic which means she is now the one destined to become as, or more, magical when she turns 12 and can begin catching magic in jars on New Year’s Day. “I’m Rose Alice Anders and my father is Wendell Anders and he captured one hundred sixty-one jars of magic because I was born, and everyone is waiting to see what my first year will bring, what my legacy means. Who I am.” (69) But what if Rose is “Not Meant for Magic”? And what does that even mean? Is one meant for magic if they need magic? What if they can succeed on their own—without magic? Maybe being “Not Meant for Magic” is even better, maybe it means “…you are meant for something else.” (263) But how can Rose please her explosive father without following in his footsteps. “Wendell Anders is so big he makes you believe in the exact way he sees the world.” (279) As Rose navigates school and mean girls and a best friend who appears to be moving in another direction, she struggles with the impending New Years’ Day capturing and the expectations of her father. Luckily she has the constant support of her older brother Lyle. And support comes from a new place, along with a new way of looking at things. This new novel by Corey Ann Haydu will generate deep thinking and important conversations about identity. This novel gently introduces domestic abuse in ways that even upper elementary readers can understand and discuss. “…maybe I don’t see magic very well, but I see other things, important things, things I have been trying not to see.” (84) “My father is a hundred wonderful things. But he is also a few not-wonderful things.” (164) This magical novel shows what magic really is—and isn’t. As in Haydu’s Eventown, readers discover the power of being oneself.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] When I started reading “One Jar of Magic,” I thought it would be a charming middle-grade novel about a girl not living to her father’s expectations. But the story was so much more! I did not expect this book to be an emotional roller-coaster that would touch on important issues. I enjoyed the story as soon as I started reading it. Rose is a strong character and goes through many emotions. Even though the story revolves around [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] When I started reading “One Jar of Magic,” I thought it would be a charming middle-grade novel about a girl not living to her father’s expectations. But the story was so much more! I did not expect this book to be an emotional roller-coaster that would touch on important issues. I enjoyed the story as soon as I started reading it. Rose is a strong character and goes through many emotions. Even though the story revolves around magic, I could relate to Rose’s character. When a member of your family outshines in a particular field, they expect the same of you. The author realistically wrote Rose’s storyline. In the beginning, everyone expects her to be the best in capturing magic, but all she relies on is luck. However, as the story evolves, you start to realize how Rose realizes her value and ability without relying on magic. Similarly, even the supporting characters add beautifully to the plot. I loved Rose’s relationship with Lyle and how he supports her. Ginger is excellent too, and I adored the memories she shared with Rose. Moreover, the author also highlights the warning signs of domestic abuse, and I thought she portrayed it brilliantly. This topic is critical for readers to be aware of from a young age and ask for help if they see the signs. Some of the scenes are gut-wrenching to read because you only want the best for Rose and her mother. On a side note, I also appreciate the links she provides in the end for the contact points. Overall, the story conveys a beautiful message that you can still be happy and be proud of yourself, even if you are not lucky.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    The author of Eventown returns with another book showing how children can see beyond the social façade to what is actually happening. Rose is the daughter of the most famous and successful magic capturer in her town, which is the most magical in the world. She has grown up as “Little Luck” knowing that she is the one who will be the one to carry on her father’s legacy, unlike her older brother. She spends her days going barefoot despite the cold, practicing by catching fireflies, and wearing her The author of Eventown returns with another book showing how children can see beyond the social façade to what is actually happening. Rose is the daughter of the most famous and successful magic capturer in her town, which is the most magical in the world. She has grown up as “Little Luck” knowing that she is the one who will be the one to carry on her father’s legacy, unlike her older brother. She spends her days going barefoot despite the cold, practicing by catching fireflies, and wearing her father’s sweaters and scarves. But all is not quite right in her family, and deep down Rose knows it. The entire family tiptoes around her father’s expectations, making sure they are perfect and happy all of the time. So when New Year’s Day finally comes, Rose just knows she will be the best at finding the magic, but she isn’t. In fact, she just gets one little jar of magic. Now Rose’s father won’t speak to her, her previous friends mock her and ignore her, and everything has changed. Rose has a strange new freedom, accompanied by a new friend who doesn’t use magic, where she can start to see what is really going on not just with magic and her town, but in her family as well. Haydu moves smoothly into full fantasy with this latest novel for middle grades. She laces magic throughout a world that looks much like our own, adding glitter, rainbows and wonder. She manages to take readers through the same process that Rose goes through, dazzled at first by the magic around them, then questioning it, and finally seeing beyond it to the marvels of the real world beneath. Haydu’s depiction of Rose’s father is particularly haunting: a man who himself is all glitter with real issues not quite hidden by the magic that surrounds him. His anger, insistence and control are all revealed steadily through the book, alarm bells that grow louder and steadier as it progresses. Rose is a great protagonist, raised to believe herself the most special of all, fallen from that pedestal and able to lift herself to a new place based on reality and her own resilience. A great fantasy read that asks deep questions about magic, control and freedom. Appropriate for ages 9-12.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    "It's not easy following rules that no one's actually told you." . . . Rose Alice Anders is destined to capture the most jars of magic of anyone in their town on New Year's Day. Rose, nicknamed Little Luck by her special and magical father, is special and magical, too. Rose doesn't need her friends Ginger and Maddy because Rose is about to turn twelve and fulfill her father's dreams. .....Or maybe Rose isn't special. Maybe Rose lives in an unsafe home where magic is used to fix things that really ca "It's not easy following rules that no one's actually told you." . . . Rose Alice Anders is destined to capture the most jars of magic of anyone in their town on New Year's Day. Rose, nicknamed Little Luck by her special and magical father, is special and magical, too. Rose doesn't need her friends Ginger and Maddy because Rose is about to turn twelve and fulfill her father's dreams. .....Or maybe Rose isn't special. Maybe Rose lives in an unsafe home where magic is used to fix things that really can't be fixed. Maybe Rose won't fulfill her father's dream because maybe Rose is Not Meant for Magic...and maybe that's a good thing. . . . The deception that magic (money?) can solve all the problems in a family and a community is laid bare in this stunning middle grade novel. . . . "It felt like a secret, something he was only sharing with me. He was so calm and so sure and he made it all sound so beautiful." . . . Ever since I read Rules for Stealing Stars, I have been a big fan of @coreyannhaydu. As I read her books, I find myself slowing down as I read to enjoy the , but at the same time wanting to speed up to find out all the secrets of the family in that particular book. One Jar of Magic tackles emotional and physical abuse; Rose's father exerts control over his family and the community in a way that is unfortunately realistic. The way Rose, her mother, and brother navigate her unpredictable father will be familiar to any reader who has witnessed that type of abuse and narcissism firsthand. Must purchase, must read. Out February, 2021. . . . #middleschoollibrarian #middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs #iteachlibrary #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #librariesfollowlibraries #librarylife #librarianlife #schoollibrarian #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #iteach #librarylove #booksbooksbooks #amreading #bibliophile #schoollibrariansrock #bookreview #bookrecommendation #igreads #malibrary #msla #mediaspecialist

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    Thank you to Harper Collins Childrens for sharing an advance copy of One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu with the #KidLitExchange Network. This middle grades novel is set to be released in February 2021. All opinions are my own. Belling Bright may just be the most magical place in the world, and Rose Alice Anders is the daughter of the most magical man in Belling Bright. Rose's father refers to her as Little Luck and believes that she is destined for greatness and that she will catch more magic t Thank you to Harper Collins Childrens for sharing an advance copy of One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu with the #KidLitExchange Network. This middle grades novel is set to be released in February 2021. All opinions are my own. Belling Bright may just be the most magical place in the world, and Rose Alice Anders is the daughter of the most magical man in Belling Bright. Rose's father refers to her as Little Luck and believes that she is destined for greatness and that she will catch more magic than any other twelve-year-old during her first capturing on New Year's Day. When the special day arrives, though, Rose captures only one jar of magic. Now, her friendships have crumbled, and her father isn't speaking to her. When Rose learns about people who aren't meant for magic, her father becomes even angrier and Rose begins to question where she belongs and who she is. One Jar of Magic is beautifully written. At first glance, once would assume that this would be a fun and magical read about growing up, but while there is magic, this book is not necessarily fun and light. Haydu masterfully balances the difficult topic of parental abuse with a hopeful and empowering message. Her novel focuses on the idea that we often want to pretend away life's difficulties, but that this isn't healthy. Rose slowly begins to realize that her father's behavior is not only not normal, but not okay. While the novel deals with a very serious and heavy topic, the overall message is one of hope. That there is a light at the end of the tunnel; there are people around you willing to help; you are not alone. It helps us learn to see what we've tried to pretend wasn't present and do something about it. This is a book that needs to be read and should be included in classroom libraries. It is a book that should be discussed, so readers and students know that they can speak up, reach out, and seek help if they need.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena

    I originally posted the following review on my personal blog: Rose Alice Anders has always known that she is destined to “capture more magic than any other new twelve-year-old capturer.” After all, her father is Wendell Anders, the most magical man in Belling Bright. But when the time comes on New Year’s Day, she surprises and disappoints everyone by only collecting one jar of magic. Later that day, Rose meets Zelda, a girl who is “Not Meant for Magic”, and Rose wonders if maybe she’s also Not Me I originally posted the following review on my personal blog: Rose Alice Anders has always known that she is destined to “capture more magic than any other new twelve-year-old capturer.” After all, her father is Wendell Anders, the most magical man in Belling Bright. But when the time comes on New Year’s Day, she surprises and disappoints everyone by only collecting one jar of magic. Later that day, Rose meets Zelda, a girl who is “Not Meant for Magic”, and Rose wonders if maybe she’s also Not Meant for Magic. But in her ensuing identity crisis, she begins to question whether magic is really as important as her father has always taught her. If magic fixes everything and Wendell Anders is so magical, why is her family so unhappy? And why couldn’t her father keep her friend’s father from dying last year? Interspersed throughout this story are flashbacks from earlier in Rose’s childhood that gradually reveal that her father is actually manipulative and abusive. As the author’s note at the beginning of the book specifies, this is a story about the hardships and dark secrets that so often lie beneath the appearance of a “perfect” life. Despite its fantasy setting and its constant discussion of magic, this book examines the very real-life dangers that come from emotional manipulation, conditional love, unrealistic expectations, and an obsession with reputation. I highly recommend this book because it’s both an interesting story with an atmospheric setting and a thought-provoking commentary on family life and happiness.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    I'll tell you secret magic can only fix the surface of things. Magic can change what you see, but it can't change anything deep down. You never know how long it will last; we are more powerful than magic. The truth at the heart of One Jar of Magic that what we possess does not define our roles in life, and we are so much more than one thing. Rose Alice Anders lives in a town where one day a year, they collect magic in jars. Her dad is obsessed with it to the determinate of his family. The jars t I'll tell you secret magic can only fix the surface of things. Magic can change what you see, but it can't change anything deep down. You never know how long it will last; we are more powerful than magic. The truth at the heart of One Jar of Magic that what we possess does not define our roles in life, and we are so much more than one thing. Rose Alice Anders lives in a town where one day a year, they collect magic in jars. Her dad is obsessed with it to the determinate of his family. The jars take up valuable real estate in their home and are the heart of the father's love for his family. He tells Rose her entire life that she is little luck and will catch as much amazing magic as her father does. By placing this expectation on Rose, she lost the chance to discover who she could be without magic. One Jar of Magic is an emotional story that centers around an abusive family and a lot of truth buried. It tells a simple story that will echo things that are all too real in our children and even our adult lives. I connected with a story like this one when I was little; Don't hurt Laurie, who took an abusive family situation and added a story to identify with it. It did the same thing for me that I hope this book will do for others. Give you hope that what you experience and what your told do not define your worth. One Jar of Magic is a story that is needed and should be available to all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    I was stolen away by the magic in this one, but not in the ways that you might initially think. Yes, it was FASCINATING to hear about the town's most magical family, their traditions, and how great it was going to be on the day of capturing. That was definitely a curiosity that kept pulling my interest...but the real draw, the real moments that stole the show for me, were when we see the relationships in their full glory. From the good to the bad, the ones built on superficial foundations and th I was stolen away by the magic in this one, but not in the ways that you might initially think. Yes, it was FASCINATING to hear about the town's most magical family, their traditions, and how great it was going to be on the day of capturing. That was definitely a curiosity that kept pulling my interest...but the real draw, the real moments that stole the show for me, were when we see the relationships in their full glory. From the good to the bad, the ones built on superficial foundations and those that would stand the test of time...or a particularly hard twelfth birthday...THOSE were where my heart lingered. Her bond with her brother warmed my heart. The way that she connected with Stella had me smiling through the tough times she was experiencing. When she found her true self, I couldn't help but be proud. So while yes, the MAGIC was there, and abundant to those lucky enough to see it, it didn't mean the magic that those people were missing out on was any less AMAZING. All in all, to me it was a realistic take on magic, if ever there could be one. It doesn't remove the sparkle and shine, but it does make it clear that you being YOU is more than enough. It's nice to have that little something extra, but that's exactly what it is...something EXTRA. Having loads is nice, but having just what you need is even better. Kind of like friends... **copy received for review; opinions are my own

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Animated bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMA2xMCAF... The affecting dedication reads “To everyone who thought they had to be someone better, stronger, faster, more. To everyone who helped them understand they were enough, just as they were.” In Corey Ann Haydu’s stunning ONE JAR OF MAGIC, young Rose is conflicted about the high expectations set forth by her father—in fact, the entire town of Belling Bright is anxiously waiting for her to follow in his footsteps and become an esteemed mag Animated bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMA2xMCAF... The affecting dedication reads “To everyone who thought they had to be someone better, stronger, faster, more. To everyone who helped them understand they were enough, just as they were.” In Corey Ann Haydu’s stunning ONE JAR OF MAGIC, young Rose is conflicted about the high expectations set forth by her father—in fact, the entire town of Belling Bright is anxiously waiting for her to follow in his footsteps and become an esteemed magic capturer. Narrating her emotional story, Rose candidly and heartbreakingly shares the pressure she feels and the fallout from only catching one jar. She often recalls memories, viewing them with a different lens as the long-standing, unacceptable behavior of her father becomes clear and she must acknowledge the painful truth about who he really is. Haydu writes poignantly, but accessibly of Rose’s encounters with her abusive father. Her journey is supported by her brother and their relationship gave me hope while she explores the possibility that magic might not be meant for her. I felt so deeply for Rose as she tries to forge her own path forward, heal, and become her true self. Stirring and memorable, ONE JAR OF MAGIC is a layered story about believing in yourself and realizing that you are worthy of kindness and love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved EVENTOWN and didn't think that I could love this author more but ONE JAR OF MAGIC is so well-conceived and written that I have to gush a little. The voice here just sings middle grade. Our main character Rose is dealing with a lot... (view spoiler)[ The mess with a triad friendship, an unrealized destiny, and an abusive father. The love of a tentative mother, a teen brother, and a surprise family she never knew. Through all of this, the reader experiences the emotions through Rose Alice a I loved EVENTOWN and didn't think that I could love this author more but ONE JAR OF MAGIC is so well-conceived and written that I have to gush a little. The voice here just sings middle grade. Our main character Rose is dealing with a lot... (view spoiler)[ The mess with a triad friendship, an unrealized destiny, and an abusive father. The love of a tentative mother, a teen brother, and a surprise family she never knew. Through all of this, the reader experiences the emotions through Rose Alice and the author never inserts herself or leaves her adult footprints on the story. Through the father's stormy anger we understand the abuse the family endures but Haydu doesn't force the reader into violence. Instead, we learn all we need to know from Rose's reactions and rememberings of her life with her father. This is one of the few novels I've read that really handle verbal abuse. The physical abuse is overheard or remembered. Haydu leaves us with an author's note that includes domestic violence resources. Most skillful, is the way that Haydu uses magic as a metaphor for real-life vices. Is it money? Is it alcohol? How can we all be enough in the moment relying on the strengths and talents we bring to the world? (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    M.L. Little

    @kidlitexchange Partner: One Jar of Magic by @coreyannhaydu. Available NOW through @harperkids. For a week and a half I’ve been meaning to post this and forgetting. But here we are. Rose lives in a world very similar to ours where nearly anyone can use magic, but it has to be captured from the air, and can only be captured ONE night a year. Also, you can’t capture or use magic until you’re 12. The night of magic is approaching, and as it’s Rose’s first year to collect, she is desperate to prove @kidlitexchange Partner: One Jar of Magic by @coreyannhaydu. Available NOW through @harperkids. For a week and a half I’ve been meaning to post this and forgetting. But here we are. Rose lives in a world very similar to ours where nearly anyone can use magic, but it has to be captured from the air, and can only be captured ONE night a year. Also, you can’t capture or use magic until you’re 12. The night of magic is approaching, and as it’s Rose’s first year to collect, she is desperate to prove herself to her dad, who is famous for always gathering more powerful magic than anyone else. But when she only manages to capture one (and with her brother’s help), it feels like everything falls apart, and she realizes everything she thought about her dad and even her world is wrong. I honestly loved this book. The magic system was so unique and the emotions and thoughts of living with an angry, violent family member were so real. I also don’t normally like the protective older brother character, but I LOVED Rose’s brother, because he managed to be very realistic and Rose definitely needed him. I really really liked One Jar of Magic—you will, too! Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy—all opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    This was probably one of the most quirky and interesting books I’ve read this year. I’m new to this author and find that she has a very interesting writing style that was sometimes hard for me to read and follow along. This is a heavy story. Don’t be deceived that because it is a story about jars of magic that it will be a light and fun one. Our main character lives in a town that values magic. Her dad is the best at capturing magic and never fails to let his family and everyone else in the town This was probably one of the most quirky and interesting books I’ve read this year. I’m new to this author and find that she has a very interesting writing style that was sometimes hard for me to read and follow along. This is a heavy story. Don’t be deceived that because it is a story about jars of magic that it will be a light and fun one. Our main character lives in a town that values magic. Her dad is the best at capturing magic and never fails to let his family and everyone else in the town know that he is the “chosen one”. When his daughter isn’t cut out for capturing magic it leads down a path of verbal and sometimes physical abuse. There are other themes of bullying and isolation in tangent with the domestic abuse that make this read even heavier. I feel like the light doesn’t come until the very end which didn’t redeem the darkness in the book for me. A unique premise but not a middle grade favorite. Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a lovely book with a sort of dark twist to it. I wasn’t really expecting this at all in a children’s book and I think maybe mature 5th graders could handle this. Rose is kind of famous because her dad is famous. Her father is the most magical person in town and everyone expects Rose to be just as magical if not more. When things don’t go as planned on New Years Day, Rose now has to figure out what she really wants and if she needs to fix anything about herself. I loved the dedication as well What a lovely book with a sort of dark twist to it. I wasn’t really expecting this at all in a children’s book and I think maybe mature 5th graders could handle this. Rose is kind of famous because her dad is famous. Her father is the most magical person in town and everyone expects Rose to be just as magical if not more. When things don’t go as planned on New Years Day, Rose now has to figure out what she really wants and if she needs to fix anything about herself. I loved the dedication as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Morales

    One jar of magic is a story about a girl named Rose Alice Anders and her family. Her father is the most famous magician in town and he wants rose to be just like him little luck as he says. He wants her to stand up to his legacy and sets really high expectations. When she finally turns twelve the day that everyone's been waiting for she doesn't catch even a single jar of magic just a spark. She is pressured by everyone in her town to be someone who she isn't. This book talks about verbal abuse a One jar of magic is a story about a girl named Rose Alice Anders and her family. Her father is the most famous magician in town and he wants rose to be just like him little luck as he says. He wants her to stand up to his legacy and sets really high expectations. When she finally turns twelve the day that everyone's been waiting for she doesn't catch even a single jar of magic just a spark. She is pressured by everyone in her town to be someone who she isn't. This book talks about verbal abuse and being who you want to be and not someone else. Loved this story! 5/5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suezette Given

    I loved this book! The magic concept/metaphor works throughout the whole book. This book covers a wide range of issues: friendships, growing up, coming of age, family problems/relationships, making decisions, standing up for yourself, etc. I think this is a great middle grades selection--or would make a great read aloud to younger students. I was so pleasantly surprised by connection to VCFA where I received my MFA.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B

    I think it's important to tell difficult stories and it's important that children read them. Haydu did a good job balancing the fun and magical parts of this story with the hard truths at the center. It was painful to read at times, especially as I was reminded of my own childhood and all the time I spent trying to see and feel the same magic everyone around me seemed to already have. Can be triggering (domestic, physical and emotional abuse) so approach with caution. I think it's important to tell difficult stories and it's important that children read them. Haydu did a good job balancing the fun and magical parts of this story with the hard truths at the center. It was painful to read at times, especially as I was reminded of my own childhood and all the time I spent trying to see and feel the same magic everyone around me seemed to already have. Can be triggering (domestic, physical and emotional abuse) so approach with caution.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I LOVED this book. ONE JAR OF MAGIC is so beautifully written, so deeply moving, and absolutely brimming with insight and compassion. I wish I could fill up a jar with the magic of Corey Ann Haydu's writing, but actually, reading this novel has filled my heart and mind in pretty magical ways. It’s heartbreaking and heart-expanding, powerful and empowering. I think I officially have a new favorite Corey Ann Haydu book, which is saying a lot! I LOVED this book. ONE JAR OF MAGIC is so beautifully written, so deeply moving, and absolutely brimming with insight and compassion. I wish I could fill up a jar with the magic of Corey Ann Haydu's writing, but actually, reading this novel has filled my heart and mind in pretty magical ways. It’s heartbreaking and heart-expanding, powerful and empowering. I think I officially have a new favorite Corey Ann Haydu book, which is saying a lot!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Heustis

    I really appreciate how the father was done. It’s made apparent to the reader that he is abusive without the reader having to see the abuse or be triggered by it. I’m also very interested in the metaphor for magic. I believe the magic is equivalent to money in our world. It really made me think and I’ll remember this one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina Marie Reads

    This was an incredibly difficult, heartbreaking yet beautifully written read that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. I do believe that there should be trigger warnings attached due to the abusive nature of the main character's father if only because this book is targeted toward middle grade readers - some who may be quite sensitive. This was an incredibly difficult, heartbreaking yet beautifully written read that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. I do believe that there should be trigger warnings attached due to the abusive nature of the main character's father if only because this book is targeted toward middle grade readers - some who may be quite sensitive.

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