My Magical Life

Reviewed by Matt                                                                                                                   

Caps, Mishaps & New Schools!

Books about what it is really like to be a clergy child (PK) can be a little hard to find,
I’m reviewing a book that deals with one issue PK's can face on a regular basis.

Changing schools.

In this story we are introduced to Zach, an 11 year old boy, who wants to find out what
makes him special, a feat that is made trickier than for most when since he comes from
a family where everyone has an actual magical ability, except him. He’s been home-schooled all his life, to ensure that his expected gifts could remain hidden from the non-magical
world, but as more time has passed, and the suspicion that Zach is not magical solidifies,
his parents decide to send him to a ‘normal’ school.

What follows is Zach’s exploration, pioneer style, into the world of the Horace Greely
Middle School. Here he makes friends with some students and discovers the vindictive
alpha girl Michelle’s habit for picking on the new and unpopular students.

This book deals with themes of bullying, popularity, loneliness, and testing boundaries in
a new school environment, with bubbly creativity. The characters are simple to understand, the theme is light-hearted, and the focus on struggling to fit in is clear.

Adding to the sense of fun is the augmented reality facets of the book itself. A first in my experience, many of the illustrations throughout the book appear to become animated when viewed through a mobile device (Android or Apple). These illustrations really played into the magical theme, and were a lot of fun to explore.

With the number of home and school moves that PK’s generally have to make, and the challenges they then face having to fit in to a new environment, resources such as “My Magical Life” may provide excellent opportunities for clergy families to discuss navigating these times, in a playful and relaxed way. I'd recommend this book for clergy kids aged 7 to 9 years old.

Grab a copy of this book to share with a PK you know here.