“A Gift of Magic”

A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan (201 pp.)

When Nancy’s Grandmother dies, she gives all her gifts to her grandchildren. Kirby, the oldest, gets the gift of dance. Nancy, the second gets the gift of magic and Brendon, who is yet unborn when the grandmother dies, gets the gift of music.

Nancy learns that she has ESP. She can sense the past, the future, and can tell where others are and what they’re doing. Upset about her parents’ divorce, she has a bad feeling about Tom Duncan, the high school counselor who used to date her mother.  Nancy also hates her teachers and finds that she can control objects–make things fly out of her teachers’ hands, etc.

One day, Kirby falls down the stairs at school and breaks her leg. Nancy believes she has caused this accident by thinking that she never wants Kirby to leave the family to train as a dancer. It seems Kirby’s career is cut off.

Is Nancy’s ‘gift’ controlling her life?


About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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