Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A young girl and her best friend hope to receive magical powers the year they turn ten in this enchanting middle-grade novel.
Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell have a secret—one that they aren’t allowed to discuss with anyone. This secret is shared between two best friends. When you and your best friend turn ten years old magical things are said to happen. You both will receive some kind of magical power. It can be a power you can call on time and time again. Or it can be a power that comes once when you need it most. It’s your Infinity Year and the possibilities are endless.
After a year of bullying at school and watching her family be torn apart, Avalon is depending on her magical ability appearing soon to help. The clock is ticking toward her eleventh birthday, which would be the end of her powers, and Avalon’s hopes are running high. Will she and Atticus get the powers they so desperately want and need?
Dana Middleton’s debut novel is a wonderfully enchanting story of the possibility of magic and the even more magical bond between two best friends.
About: The Infinity Year of Avalon James is a middle grade fantasy written by Dana Middleton. It was published on 10/11/2016 by Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 212 pages. The genres are middle grade, realistic fiction, magic, fantasy, and family. This book is the author’s debut and is intend for readers ages 8 to 12. According to the publisher’s website, “Square Fish is a children’s book imprint representing the best of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt, and Roaring Brook backlists, but reformatted, repackaged, and reissued with a mass market children’s and teen audience in mind.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Infinity Year of Avalon James on 7/19/2018 and finished it on 7/24/2018. This book is an awesome read! I love Avalon and Atticus’ friendship. I like Atticus’ calm and easy going personality. Despite the tough times in Avalon’s life both at home and at school, I like how she’s driven to achieve her goals: spelling bee and her dad. I like the reason for Atticus to stop eating meat. I like Mae and how she stands up for Avie during a class presentation. I like reading through Avie’s ups and downs and her support system like Hari Singh and Mrs. Jackson. Hari has great advices. Atticus’ grandpa is cool.
This book is told in the first person point of view, following Avalon (Avie) James, 10 years old, as she waits for her magical power to come. She has recently learned that when a person turns 10, his/her Infinity Year starts. Her best friend Atticus Brightwell is also 10 and they both are starting 5th grade at Grover Cleveland K to 8. Avalon can’t wait to have her power because the previous year, when she was 9, was a particularly bad year for her. The mean girls lead by Elena Maxwell, to put it lightly, weren’t very nice to her. Furthermore, life at home is a bit harder with what happened with her dad and her cat M. Through it all, Atticus is the only person to keep her from taking drastic actions. But as best friends, Avie can tell there is something that is bothering Atticus but somehow he’s not telling her what it is.
A well written book, The Infinity Year of Avalon James is definitely a read for everyone. I love the cover and the chapter designs. I like the spelling bees and definitions to big words within the story. I like how Avalon applies what she learns in school to her life outside of school. I like how the whole school dresses up for Halloween, especially how Avie and Atticus coordinate their costumes to match each other. I like the plot, suspense, diversity, and humor. I cry and smile reading this book. I love the zoo trip and learning of what groups of animals are called. This book is an excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, easy to read, friendship, family, dealing with mean girls, spelling bee, diversity, humor
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Dana Middleton grew up in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles to work in film and theater. She produced the Academy Award–nominated short film Down on the Waterfront and was part of the award-winning cast of La Gioconda, while nurturing her real passion of writing for children. She lives in sunny Hollywood with her British husband, author Peter Atkins. The Infinity Year of Avalon James is her first book. http://www.danamiddletonbooks.com Instagram & Twitter @danakmiddleton (Info obtained from Macmillan Publishers’ website and Photo obtained from the author’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book from a Twitter giveaway hosted by the author. Many thanks to Dana Middleton for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.