Charlie Kadabra feels like the biggest loser ever born. A foster kid, abandoned as a baby, picked on by the bullies at school, he thinks his life stinks, until he tries to save the little rabbit and accidentally blows up his science teacher, who’s a robot! Running for his life, he follows the new girl, Emily, through a shiny curtain in the woods, and lands in the magical world of Mim. Charlie discovers he is the last of the Magicians, who are guardians of the land of Mim. Can Charlie find all the jewels of power for the Magician’s staff his father left him in time to save all his new friends from Dr. Pi’s destruction? This humorous fantasy tale will delight readers of all ages as they find out, there is a little Charlie in all of us.
“The story of Charlie Kadabra is an explosive tale of excitement and intrigue that finds new and creative ways to tie in old fantasy myths and creatures to our simple, mundane world." James B. Hoke, author of The Ark Brothers.
"Highly recommended!" (Midwest Book Review Children's Bookwatch)
“McAdam can capture readers from all ages and sizes to her great m/g book that I was shocked I found myself turning the pages so fast to see what might happen next or what might change. I cannot wait to read more books from this series’ and even by the author.” (Quirky Book Reviews)
“In this book they will take a journey with Charlie through the halls of school into a fantasy world. They will find a hero they can root for. I am definitely looking forward to the second book in this series.” (The Musings of a Book Addict)
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Making kids believe in themselves!
Sooooo much fun.
Oh absolutely... the narrator is fabulous. He does an incredible job creating different sounds for countless magical characters. I also really liked that he found a way to unify the sounds... so that the dragons sounded related, and the rabbits and the mermaids etc... it helped you really identify all of the characters when they interact. The youngsters loved how animated and colorful the voices were.
The lead character Charlie... he's a great underdog kind of role model for kids. He has real doubts about his ability and his being worthy and special... he really has to learn to believe in himself. It was a lovely story, charming, quirky with lots of heart and a lot of adventure. I think young boys in particular will eat this up.
So much. It was really delightful.... He's an awesome storyteller and his characters were wild and funny and specific and even menacing.
It's segmented nicely - so if you want to listen to it in the car with kids, it's great!! It almost has the structure of an old serial... the book is all about a quest for various magical objects and they are laid out in nice sized sections.