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Improbable magic for cynical witches / Kate Scelsa.

Scelsa, Kate, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780062465030 :
  • ISBN: 0062465031 :
  • Physical Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2022]

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"An atmospheric and romantic coming-of-age story about learning to make peace with the past in order to accept the beauty of the present finds seventeen-year-old Eleanor opening herself up to magic and romance again after a devastating loss"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Lesbians > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Teenagers > Fiction.
Coming of age > Fiction.
Love > Fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Town of Hanover Libraries.

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Syndetic Solutions - Kirkus Review for ISBN Number 9780062465030
Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches
Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches
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The "least witchy person in Salem" finds herself in the unlikely position of joining a coven and pursuing a new romance. Nearly a year ago, Eleanor lost Chloe, the girl she loved, and became a pariah. Now, she spends her time working at the Salem Gift Emporium and numbing her emotions by smoking pot. The day Eleanor meets a cute girl called Pixie, a unique package arrives at the shop with a handmade tarot guide. The Fool card, which opens the book, signifies a new beginning; Eleanor's story continues along the path of the major arcana, with conversational explanations of the cards between chapters. The narrative smoothly shifts between Eleanor's blossoming romance with Pix and, through flashbacks, a gradual reveal of Eleanor's toxic relationship with Chloe. Pix is part of a coven, and together the witches participate in ceremonial activities and pagan celebrations (the story stays firmly rooted in realism). Scelsa's sophomore novel excels at portraying realistic teens who have big emotions and sometimes make frustrating choices. It doesn't shy away from the cruelty some are capable of, but the overall tone is hopeful. Supportive relationships are showcased, such as Eleanor's with her mom, who has chronic pain from Lyme disease. The Salem setting is richly depicted, and the story thoughtfully grapples with consumer culture. Eleanor, Chloe, and Pix are White; secondary characters are racially diverse. Magic is found through personal growth and accepting love in this enchanting tale. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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Following a disastrous falling-out with her girlfriend Chloe, which left her a social outcast, 17-year-old Eleanor Anderson--"easily the least witchy person" in Salem, Mass.--busies herself with taking care of her mother, who lives with Lyme disease; working at a family friend's kitschy witch-themed gift shop; and smoking weed to help manage her anxiety. Then she meets Pixie, who invites Eleanor to join a coven seeking to "save the soul of this town." Despite initial reservations, cynical Eleanor accepts, and soon starts dating more exuberant, open-minded Pix, as interstitials taken from a mysterious book sent to Eleanor reflect the story's progression and explain the tarot's major arcana. Employing a tongue-in-cheek first-person narrative and using flashbacks to shed light on Eleanor's complicated previous relationship, Scelsa (Fans of the Impossible Life) explores public opinion and self-perception alongside themes of forgiveness, relational toxicity, and commercialism. Symbolic magic lends an underlying sense of enchantment as Eleanor opens herself up to new ideas and possibilities, and a sweet, gentle central chemistry sells the central romance. Across the largely queer cast, protagonists are white; secondary characters are portrayed as racially diverse. Ages 13--up. Agent: Brianne Johnson, HG Literary. (May)

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Gr 8 Up--Seventeen-year-old Eleanor is the biggest skeptic in Salem, MA. She hates Halloween. A calamitous, tumultuous year has left her isolated and anxious, self-medicating with marijuana and with a complete lack of a social life. So when a mysterious, handmade Tarot guide arrives at the kitschy tourist store where she works to help support herself and her ailing mother, Eleanor finds something new to pour herself into. And when Tarot is soon followed by two honest-to-goddess witches--one of whom, Pix, she feels an instant attraction to--Eleanor wonders if it's actually possible to start over. But in Salem, everyone has secrets, and the two teenagers struggle to keep their fledgling relationship alive through Eleanor's past, and Pix's best intentions in this charming, heartrending LGBTQIA+ YA. Neatly laid foreshadowing makes an important but unexpected reveal all the more emotional, and the pay-off all the better as the narrative straddles the border between realism and the fantastic. The book features a white main character and love interest, with Black and Asian American characters in the secondary cast. VERDICT This title is an excellent purchase for teen collections.--Chrystopher Lytal

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Eleanor Anderson used to have it all: a best friend she was in love with, good grades, and social status at Salem High School. Now she has dropped out, taken a job at the tacky Salem Gift Emporium witch store, and started smoking weed to get through each day. And as she travels through the year, falling for new witch friend Pix, she's also reliving her failed relationship with her ex--best friend Chloe. There's more to that story than just a bad breakup, though, and as the details unravel, so does Eleanor. But things with Pix will be different: they're in love, and Eleanor doesn't have to have nonstop anxiety about their relationship. But when Pix finds out the truth about Chloe, will she still love Eleanor? More important, will she ever forgive her? Cleverly arranged as a journey through the Major Arcana of a tarot deck, this is a solid story with a queer romance and a witchy flourish.


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