Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday - To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett
Young Adult - February 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (Goodreads)

Twelve-year-old Chili Sue Mahoney has never been outside of her small Appalachian town. Momma says Mercy Hill, Kentucky, is her “true home,” but Chili longs to see the world—to have the freedom to leave and to explore.

So when Miss Matlock is brought in as the 7th grade substitute teacher, Chili and her classmate Willie Bright are thrilled. Everyone knows Miss Matlock has traveled around the globe. Why she’s come back to her childhood home after all this time is a mystery, but Chili and Willie are eager to befriend her despite the rumors. As the three spend time together, Chili learns about the jungles and deserts and cities of the world. But she also discovers that there’s more to Mercy Hill than she thought: beauty, in the people and places she’s known all her life, and secrets, sometimes where they’re least expected.

Told in vignettes and set in 1970s Appalachia, To Come and Go Like Magic is a heartwarming and hopeful debut novel about family, friendship, and the meaning of home.

This book sounds absolutely magical, but for some reason I have not seen it posted about on any of the blogs I frequent! I think it deserves a space on your wishlist and I actually plan on pre-ordering it (which is a pretty big step for me!). Also, if you are participating in Kristi's 2010 Debut Author Challenge - this book qualifies as one of your 12. ♥


  1. I love the description of this one...and the setting. On the list it goes...great pick!

  2. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing, it's on my wishlist now!

  3. see author blog site for background info/pics



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