Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Headley, Maria Dahvana.  Magonia.  NY: Harper Collins, c2015.  309 pages.

Did you ever wonder about random things that happen with no rational explanation?  Some historical accounts document strange happenings and attribute them to hidden things in the sky like mythical sailors in ships in the clouds who steal crops.  Aza knows nothing of this as she struggles just to breathe.  She has severe asthma-like symptoms that sometimes cause her to land in the hospital.  She takes high powered drugs to help.  That is why, when she sees a ship in the clouds and hears a voice in her head, everyone believes that it is nothing but drug-induced hallucinations.  Everyone but her life-long best friend Jason.  In this complex story, you may find yourself at first saying it's all make-believe, but as you read, a sliver of doubt will worm it's way into your head.  The next time you think you must have imagined something, you may recall Magonia and wonder if there really IS something up there.

Recommended for 7th grade and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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