Marigold Star

illus. by Elise Primavera. 240p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jun. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780060569495.
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.

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