Shepherd's Derelict, front cover of book

Magnetic Magic

Dena loves using magnets to perform magic tricks for the kids at the pool. When Enrique arrives in town, he doesn t like that Dena is fooling the others. He gives her a century-old treasure map and Dena uses her compass and tools to plot the location of the treasure. To her surprise, the treasure is not where it should be! What could cause her compass to lead her off course? When she discovers the answer, will Dena keep fooling the other kids with magic tricks or will she help them learn about magnetism and the earth s shifting magnetic poles?


Terry Catasus Jennings


National Science Teaching Association

The story is appealing to young children who are “enthralled” with magic. The author has a section “Creative Minds” where she defines magnetism and includes the four experiments using magnets and the map skills activity describing magnetic north described in the story. There is a definite need for well written books with a physical science topic for young readers, especially at the pre–K to third grade level. Magnetic Magic may well be one of these books.

Midwest Book Review

Poignant color illustrations underline the excitement and twists of the narrative, while conveying a firm theme of integrity and acceptance of diversity.

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