Parents' Guide to

Root Magic

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl discovers her power in tender fantasy novel.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Stupid book not good

Worst book ever trash
age 11+

Beautiful and intense book

This is a wonderful story full of goodness and family values. Please know there are some very intense parts and kids under 11 should probably read this with an adult. Our family enjoyed reading it together.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

In this tender story, a family learns to cherish its history, heal from its traumas, and take advantages of the changing world. In Root Magic, first-time author Eden Royce artfully presents the universal challenge of straddling two worlds by introducing a family who has to do that in more ways than one: They practice a form of folk magic that originates in Africa, but live in the United States. The younger generation are in the final months of their childhood, with Jezebel anticipating getting her first period. The twins are approaching the time when their lives move apart, as their gender begins to matter more. And South Carolina is desegregating the schools, thrusting the family out of its familiar community into a new world of possibilities. A strength of this novel is the combination of a luxuriously slow pace with moments of intense drama and excitement.

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