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The Magical Imperfect

The Magical Imperfect

Chris Baron

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For fans of Wonder, Chris Baron's The Magical Imperfect is an affecting middle grade story of two outcasts who become friends…

Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him.

When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the Creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much.

As the two become friends, other kids tease Etan for knowing the Creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?

Part 1

Earthquake Drill

The alarm

is a wave

that knocks us

out of our chairs.

Pencils fly,

papers float in the air,

chairs squeak

as we dive

under our desks.


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Chris Baron

Chris Baron is a professor of English at San Diego City College. His first novel, All of Me, was a Southern California Independent Booksellers Association bestseller; A BookRiot Best Children’s Book About Kindness; and an NCTE Notable Book. Newbery Medalist Matt de la Pena called it, “Beautifully written, brilliant, and necessary." Chris Baron lives in San Diego with his family.

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