Fortune's Magic Farm MOBI Ø Fortune's Magic Kindle -

Fortune's Magic Farm MOBI Ø Fortune's Magic Kindle -

Fortune's Magic Farm ❮Reading❯ ➿ Fortune's Magic Farm Author Suzanne Selfors – Everything changes when Isabelle discovers that she is the heir to Fortune's Farm a wondrous place where the final remnants of magic grow For as long as she can remember ten year old Isabelle has drea Everything changes when Isabelle discovers that she is the heir to Fortune's Farm a wondrous place where the final remnants of magic grow For as long as she can remember ten year old Isabelle has dreamed of escaping her home in Runny Cove a gray village where it never stops raining and where she is forced to work at Mr Fortune's Magic Kindle - Supreme's Umbrella FactoryJourneying across the ocean Isabelle finds a sunny new home filled with magical delights including Curative Cherry trees that can heal all kinds of sickness and Floating Fronds that make her fly But Isabelle still feels the call to return to Runny Cove and use the secrets of the farm to stop the rain With the magic of Fortune's Farm behind her will Isabell be strong enough to bring back the sun and stop the despicable Mr Supreme From the author of Smells Like Dog comes a magical journey about loyalty family and the magic within.

10 thoughts on “Fortune's Magic Farm

  1. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    This is a sweet story about finding one's place about the power of magic to heal as well as to astonish and the book packs a pretty powerful but subtle green punch tooIsabelle lives with her ailing grandmother in a town the color of sadness and spends her days working in an umbrella factory owned by the meanest megalomaniac this side of the GrinchIsabelle knows nothing of her slowly revealed magical origins only that she was found on a doorstep as a baby The woman who took her in Grandma maxine can tell her nothing of her parents Rather than fret over the lack of information Isabelle takes her mysterious origins as a sign that she is extra special and of course she isHer journey to discover the happy place she calls Nowhere is as full of light and color as her first ten years in Runny Cove were gray and miserable and the outcome of her adventure for the dreary town of her childhood is as satisfying as Isabelle's own transformationThe book's black and white illustrations by Catia Chien are very effectively used in a lovely book trailer you can see here

  2. Betsy Betsy says:

    Roald Dahl was a troublemaker Did he really have to be so original So interesting Did his books have to fall into such a distinctive age range And did he have to be the kind of author that would inspire parents to come up to reference desks across the country asking desperately My kid only reads Roald Dahl What do you have that's just like him Honey you are barking up the wrong tree if you think that anyone could replicate Dahl's style He was one of those rare authors to tread the line between early chapter books and older novels His sense of fun was light hearted and impossible to copy Few authors have ever come close to being compared to Dahl and nobody has his distinctive flavor One of the very few authors to do so would have to be Suzanne Selfors She doesn't really have that streak of darkness that was so distinctly Dahlian but she certainly knows how to tell a story and tell it well Slugs and marmots Magical apples and dastardly foes Fortune's Magic Farm follows hot on the heels of Selfors' last novel To Catch a Mermaid and shares that book's gleeful storytelling and delightful characters A pure pleasure to read for child and adult alikeWhen you live in Runny Cove you get used to certain things The fact that it's always raining and always damp and cold The fact that the only two occupations in town involve working in the local factory or acting as a landlord or landlady Even though she's just a kid Isabelle has to work in the factory too to support herself and her Grandma Maxine Not that Maxine's her real grandmother Actually Isabelle was abandoned at the boarding house years ago as a baby and never knew her real parents Yet when she and two other ten year old kids in town suddenly are given delicious apples by three mysterious animals Isabelle gets sucked into an adventure to find out her true past But what happens when you meet your real family only find out that one of them doesn't even want youOne of the things I like about her books is that Selfors doesn't go half ways when she describes something She has this ability to tap into a kid friendly vibe and really draw her descriptions in livid detail Right from the start we learn that Isabelle's village was perpetually cast in a depressing shade of sludge the same color as the gunky stuff that clogs up bathroom sinks Her words are accessible never relying on self conscious long winded descriptions or overly extensive passages to convey what it is she has to say There's something very direct about the way in which Selfors writes It's as if she knows exactly how to speak to her child readers My co worker's son had read To Catch a Mermaid and enjoyed it in the past so I asked that he take a look at this book as well to give me a sense of what he thought The result He loved it Absolutely adored it Thought it was even better than her first book Though you'll have to help kids to discover it once they try its first page they will definitely be hookedThere are so many books out there in which the hero or heroine discovers that they were abandoned as a baby because they are special in some way And the list of ways in which they are special are pretty rote When the child is capable of otherworldly abilities then they are A A wizard B A half god C A fairy or D A combination of one or of the above This book is slightly different Sure kids will enjoy trying to decipher the clues to Isabelle's mysterious background but the abilities that show that she is special seem pretty low key at first She grows mushrooms between her toes and also has impossibly warm hands at all times What does that mean It means that when you find out the truth to Isabelle's past it isn't the same as any other book It keeps the kids guessing and in the process keeps them readingI'm going to insert a small SPOILER ALERT here for the remainder of this paragraph particularly for those of you familiar with the movie Willy Wonka the Chocolate Factory There is a moment near the end of this book that reminded me hugely of Willy Wonka It's strange that I would say this mentioning Dahl as often as I have in this review I'm beginning to sound like a broken record However if you read this book and get to that same part in the movie you will understand what I mean I don't think it's a flaw necessarily but it certainly does account for a sense of déjà vuSo when you are asked to recommend someone like Roald Dahl first you need to set them straight There is nobody like Roald Dahl That would be like someone asking for an author exactly like Shel Silverstein Can't be done However you may also reassure them that all is not lost Should they want something along the same lines as Dahl combining outright fantasy with brave heroes and horrible villains there is someone who fits the bill Suzanne Selfors is still flying below the radar in terms of public acclaim but it's only a matter of time before she's discovered and her books enter the public consciousness Fortune's Magic Farm A small treasure waiting for kids to discover itAges 8 12

  3. Sylvia Sylvia says:

    Although this is a shorter book aimed for younger readers I still loved it It seemed like I was really experiencing the the story firsthand I would definitely recommend this to people looking for something to read

  4. Karen Karen says:

    My eleven year old daughter insisted that I read this her current favorite book The story features Isabella and orphan working in an umbrella factory in a town where it's constantly raining After an encounter with a remarkable sea creature Isabella comes to learn that there is to life than drudgery Secret after secret unfolds until she finds out her parentage and her destinyLike other coming of age novels featuring young women the novel roots itself in images of fecundity It's whimsical and engaging but part of the denouement borrows a bit too much from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oh the anxiety of influence Nevertheless I enjoyed tagging along with Isabella as she discovered her gardens and the gardens of her ancestors And I got to peek into the heart of my own tender hearted little girl

  5. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    Fresh and funny I loved it and my guess is that my 9 year old will enjoy it too A nice pick for the sort of kids who like Eva Ibbotsen's fantasies329 I brought it home for my daughter and she not only decided to read it she's read 5 chapters This from the kid who tends to read books one chapter per day makes me feel triumphant

  6. Claudia Claudia says:

    Fun fun fun My granddaughter loves this book and recommends it to her friends so I had to see what the fuss was about Great color imagery strong writing Magic abounds and good triumphs What can you want from a book

  7. Kathy Kathy says:

    Good story line Well done Would keep elementary interest Very funny in parts Lots of discussion could come from this book

  8. Nilsson Nilsson says:

    I certainly hope this isn't how they treat the employees at all umbrella factories I'd rather take to being soaked to the skin if this is the case

  9. Angela Angela says:

    I loved it when I was younger

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Fortune’s Magic Farm is a book that I remember reading when it first came out I read it enjoyed it and returned it to the library I then lived for around a decade with a small but fierce memory of a middle grade book about a garden that was really good for what it was I looked through the middle grade sections of multiple libraries hoping that for some reason it would just stick out to me and I would be able to find it again and reread it But alas My searching lead me nowhere and I felt as if I was doomed to never find the book again Yet one day I had wandered over to my friend’s house and lo and behold her younger sister had left the book on the bookshelf I was amazed My search was finally over and I had the opportunity to reread the book I had a slight memory of The book I felt did live up to my memory of the book It was a cute whimsical tale about plants It tells a tale of coming of age but not of the coming of age you see 15 18 year old teenagers experiencing in books but instead the coming of age that happens when you are no longer a child and move to the age of teenagerhood the age where you start to become an adult

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