Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Natalie Lloyd
Publisher: Scholastic Press
There was a time when Midnight Gulch was known for its magic. That, however, was long before Felicity, her little sister, and her wandering mother move to town. Now all the magic left in the town is a small snicker, and of course the Beetle—a person who goes around town performing anonymous good deeds. Felicity loves what she finds in Midnight Gulch. She loves her aunt and uncle as well as her best friend Jonah. This is her first real home and she is determined to stay. She works hard and manages to break the curse on the town and her mother so that they can all live there happily.
This book combines fun small magics with good Christian virtues, such as charity. The characters have faith-building experiences while they are trying to undo the old magic that hurt the town. It is a unique partnership of faith and fantasy and enables the book to be enjoyed by a wider range of readers. Many people young and old will like reading this because it is both fun and uplifting. The book has strong messages about the importance of friends and family. Also, it can inspire people to work hard and overcome their fears the same way the main character does in her life. The characters have believable problems in their lives, such as having an absent father and being afraid of a new school. Magic cannot solve these problems, but the book shows how love and friendship can make a place a home.