Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power

David Pogue; Illustrated by Antonio Caparo

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One day, Abby Carnelia, ordinary sixth grader, realizes she has a magical power. Okay, it’s not a fancy one: she can make a hard-boiled egg spin by tugging on her ears. But it’s the only one she has, and it’s enough to launch her into an adventure where she meets a host of kids with similarly silly powers, becomes a potential guinea pig for a drug company, and hatches a daring plan for escape.

Kids will be dying to unearth their own magical powers after reading this whimsical debut by tech personality David Pogue.


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YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THE ADS for Abby Carnelia’s Find-Your-Magic Centers on TV. Or maybe you’ve seen a Find-Your-Magic Center at the shopping mall, tucked in between the Gap and the drugstore. But Abby Carnelia herself didn’t discover her own magical power until she was eleven years old. This is how it happened. One Saturday in April, Abby and her little brother, Ryan, were in the kitchen, helping their mom make a chef’s salad for lunch. Mrs. Carnelia’s version of the chef’s salad was basically a big tossed salad with sliced- up ham, turkey, bacon, eggs,


Praise for Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power

“I admit it. When I read the last two pages of Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power, a novel for 8- to 12-year-olds, I cried. . . . It got me with its message of discovering and appreciating your own gifts. . . . The power here lies in the way the author, David Pogue, tells it.” The New York Times Book Review

“This is the first children’s book by tech writer David Pogue. Notably tech-free, it’s an original mix of realism, mystery caper, and the teensiest bit of magic. It contains a strong message for girls.”Parade.com


Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power is smoothly written, with characters that kids can easily recognize and root for. . . . Grown-ups and kids alike should approve the message: Is every child special in some unique way? Is ‘there something waiting to be discovered inside every kid on earth?’ We all know the answer to that.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer


“[This] debut makes the nice point that all kids are special, magical power or no.”Kirkus Reviews


“Kid-pleasing [with a message] that all gifts, no matter how absurd they seem, have value.”Publishers Weekly


“This book will please fans of Bruce Coville’s ‘Magic Shop’ series or other readers looking for a little magic.’School Library Journal

The premise that every child is magical is clearly expressed without ever being heavy-handed. Abby’s triumphant finale will have young readers contemplating how they, too, are special.” —Booklist

“David Pogue makes the book witty and action packed.” —Flamingnet.com reviewer, age 15

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  • David Pogue; Illustrated by Antonio Caparo

  • DAVID POGUE is the personal-tech columnist for The New York Times, and his whimsical tech videos appear on CNBC and CBS News Sunday Morning. He’s also the author of numerous books, including Macs for Dummies. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power

David Pogue; Illustrated by Antonio Caparo

Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List


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