Marigold Star

Elise Primavera

Book - 2019

Marigold Star is destined for greatness. Everyone in Bramblycrumbly thinks so, her parents and pet dragon included. There's just one problem. Marigold can't do magic! Then one day she tries a new spell written in a very old book. It's called the Invis-O-Friend Spell, and it makes Marigold invisible to all but the friend who needs her most. To Marigold's surprise, the spell works! But now there's another problem. The spell sent Marigold to the human world. And to return h...ome, she'll have to befriend a host of human children who are struggling to make friends. Marigold will have to hurry, or the line between her magical world and the human one might crumble until she has no home left to go back to.--

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Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Humorous fiction
Published
New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
229 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780060569495
0060569492
Main Author
Elise Primavera (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Marigold, who lives in Bramblycrumbly, has a star magically floating above her head, a talent for making friends, and five problems. Unlike others her age, she can neither fly nor make herself invisible. For unknown reasons, her star is flashing. She's constantly misplacing her wand. And since her sister's birth, home just isn't the same. Accompanied by her pet dragon, she visits Granny Cabbage, who charges Marigold with discovering her magic talent and warns her sternly, "don't ever lose your magic wand." But shortly after beginning her quest, Marigold loses her wand to a disagreeable human girl. Can she set things right? Appealing shaded-pencil drawings appear at intervals throughout the book. Friendship is at the heart of the story, and Marigold serves as a good role model, providing practical help and sound advice for acquaintances who find it hard to befriend others. This gentle fantasy will probably appeal most to primary-grade kids who are proficient readers and middle-graders who enjoy adventure stories softened by a sense of coziness and the near certainty of a happy ending. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Marigold lives in magical Brambly- crumbly with her parents, baby sister, and talking pet dragon, Lightning, and she has a number of problems. There's the star over her head that has everyone convinced Marigold is "marked for greatness" and that has recently begun blinking, but Marigold doesn't seem great at anything. She's too frightened to even do a basic invisibility or flying spell, and her new sister steals all the attention at home. After Marigold loses her wand, she finds herself in the dangerous human world, with only the aid of a spell book from Granny Cabbage to help her discover her magic power and locate her wand before its missing status destroys Bramblycrumbly. Marigold makes friends with wonderful ease, a talent she dismisses until her quest reveals how powerful a gift it truly is. Delightfully imaginative characters populate the story, including a troll who knits and a friendless shadow boy. Vivid details in both the text and accompanying art bring Marigold's magical world to life in this cheerful adventure by Primavera (I'm a Baked Potato!) that celebrates friendship and kindness. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.(June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Marigold lives in a land where everyone has magical abilities. Unfortunately, she has yet to master simple spells like flying and turning invisible. A star floats above her head, signaling that she is marked for greatness, but the only thing she is good at is making friends. When Marigold accidently makes her wand disappear, she utters a spell that brings her to the terrifying, forbidden human world. There she is invisible to everyone except the unfriendliest girl in the world, who is fearlessly adept at conjuring magic with Marigold's wand. In her quest to retrieve it, Marigold meets two others who can see her: an incredibly shy boy who thinks she is a superhero, and a girl who wants to run away from home. Together, they brave the Spookety Forest and confront Super Scary Shadow Boy. Meanwhile, friends from Marigold's world seep into the human world, a sure sign that disaster is imminent unless she gets her wand back. As the quest continues, Marigold helps her human friends overcome their problems and they help her gain the confidence she needs to produce magic. Readers will be able to relate to the engaging characters. When Marigold returns home, the discovery of her special power makes sense and provides a satisfying conclusion. VERDICT A pleasant general purchase for fantasy readers who enjoy friendship stories.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Destined for greatness according to her family in spite of having no magical abilities, Marigold Star casts an accidental spell that renders her invisible and catapults her into the human world, where she teams up with misfit new friends to find a way back home. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Marigold, who is not good at magic, casts a spell that sends her to the human world, she must befriend some human children to reverse the spell and be able to return to Bramblycrumbly.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Marigold Star is destined for greatness. Everyone in Bramblycrumbly thinks so, her parents and pet dragon included. There's just one problem. Marigold can't do magic! Then one day she tries a new spell written in a very old book. It's called the Invis-O-Friend Spell, and it makes Marigold invisible to all but the friend who needs her most. To Marigold's surprise, the spell works! But now there's another problem. The spell sent Marigold to the human world. And to return home, she'll have to befriend a host of human children who are struggling to make friends. Marigold will have to hurry, or the line between her magical world and the human one might crumble until she has no home left to go back to.--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Elise Primavera comes an imaginative young middle grade fantasy adventure bubbling with wit and whimsy.Marigold Star is destined for greatness. Everyone in Bramblycrumbly thinks so, her parents and pet dragon included. There's just one problem. Marigold can't do magic!Then one day she tries a new spell written in a very old book. It's called the Invis-O-Friend Spell, and it makes Marigold invisible to all but the friend who needs her most. To Marigold's surprise, the spell works! But now there's another problem. The spell sent Marigold to the human world. And to return home, she'll have to befriend a host of human children who are struggling to make friends. Marigold will have to hurry, or the line between her magical world and the human one might crumble until she has no home left to go back to.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Elise Primavera comes an imaginative young middle grade fantasy adventure bubbling with wit and whimsy.Marigold Star is destined for greatness. Everyone in Bramblycrumbly thinks so, her parents and pet dragon included. There’s just one problem. Marigold can’t do magic!Then one day she tries a new spell written in a very old book. It’s called the Invis-O-Friend Spell, and it makes Marigold invisible to all but the friend who needs her most. To Marigold’s surprise, the spell works! But now there’s another problem. The spell sent Marigold to the human world. And to return home, she’ll have to befriend a host of human children who are struggling to make friends. Marigold will have to hurry, or the line between her magical world and the human one might crumble until she has no home left to go back to.