Title: Bad Magic
Author: Pseudonymous Bach
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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Clay misses his older brother who has mysteriously disappeared from his life and he kind of blames magic on his brother's disappearance, so when Clay writes Magic Sucks in his journal and it ends up graffiti'd on the school wall, he can't figure out how to explain his way out of his problem.
He is sent to Earth Ranch, a camp for "troubled" kids where more unexplained "magic" keeps happening to him and he is thrust into one mystery after another.
As today is International Literacy Day and educators are taking the pledge to "Lift Off to Literacy" by engaging students in an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities for 60 days, this book, Bad Magic, would be a great 60 second read aloud for 60 days. There are so many cliff hangers in each chapter. The readers are easily swept into the feelings of Clay who encounters one strange thing after another and is constantly trying to put clues together. Take advantage of the free preview and start reading. Even middle level learners deserve to enjoy a great read aloud.
My preview of this book is courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher.