Published by Scholastic Press on September 29, 2015
From New York Times bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits.
Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.
This new, offbeat series from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up.
I am a little embarrassed to say that I have had Upside Down Magic, the first book in the series, sitting on my shelves since May of 2015. I have no idea why I never read it at the time since it was the first book in a new series and it was a super fun and quick read.
This is the first book in the series of 5 books out already with a 6th one coming out October 2019. The other books in the series are: Stick & Stones, Showing Off, Dragon Overnight, Weather or Not and The Big Shrink.
Our main character is Nory. She might look like just an ordinary girl but there is more to Nory then meets the eye. She is able to shape shift but the only problem is she is having a hard time staying in form. She is puzzled by this and wants nothing more to please her father because he is the headmaster at Sage Academy. A very elite magic school that she is dying to get into but things don’t go according to plan and before she knows it, her father is shipping her off to go and live with her aunt so that she can attend another school that is more suited for Nory and her kind of magic.
Its at this Upside Down Magic school that she meets some interesting kids who are just like her and although she wants nothing more to be like her brother and sister she soon realizes that maybe being a little different isn’t so bad but it will take something to happen to one of her friends to make her realize that.
This is such a great start to the series and I am sure a great series for the younger kids to read. I love the lesson behind the book and its okay if you are different and you need to embrace all that makes you special because we all have a place in the world.