Natalie Lloyd's A Snicker of Magic was a completely delicious read from start to finish. There were so many beautiful, meaningful, poignant lines and the story had several layers and connected characters, all tied to a town's supposed curse. One of my favorite parts of this book was the character, Jonah, who happened to be in a wheelchair. His disability was just one part of who he was and one that was not the focus of his character. You might even forget he was in a wheelchair except for the occasional reference of him driving his chair. It seems that in some books, if a character has a disability, that is the entire focus and you don't get to know all the other facets of this character. I deeply appreciated the way Jonah was written and he was a compelling and memorable character.
I think I will reread this book later in the summer with the lens of how I would read it aloud to students. I would love to know if any other third grade teachers have read A Snicker of Magic as a class read aloud and any experiences/ideas you could share!