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Dorko the Magnificent

By Andrea Beaty

 
Robbie Darko is a magician. An old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician. Robbie loves magic and he’s good at it—sort of. Despite his best efforts, passion, and practice, something always goes wrong with his tricks, landing Robbie in trouble. Enter crotchety Grandma Melvyn, who calls everyone “Trixie” and complains about everything. When Grandma Melvyn moves in and takes over his room, Robbie discovers that she was once an internationally renowned magician and learns about the heartache that turned her into a bitter woman. Against all odds, Robbie and Grandma Melvyn form an uneasy alliance to show the world—or at least the kids of Hobson Elementary School—that he is a true magician. Shortly after a successful talent show, Grandma Melvyn performs a final disappearing act, and Robbie learns a little about the true meaning of magic.
Written with pitch-perfect middle-grade humor and unforgettable characters, this gem of a novel will stay with readers long after Dorko the Magnificent has taken his final bow.

Praise for Dorko the Magnificent
"A young would-be magician gets lessons in both stagecraft and life from a crusty elder... the supporting characters steal the show."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Short chapters keep the story moving. Robbie has impressive determination, but it is Grandma Melvyn who is the star in this moving story."
—Booklist

"Satisfying and enjoyable, Dorko will engage reluctant and voracious readers alike."
—School Library Journal

"
A thoroughly likable middle-grade novel, offering a blend of poignancy and giggle-worthy humor, this book is a solid back-to-school read."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Literature circles would work well with this title that deals with alienation, friendship, family, reconciliation, and death."
—Library Media Connection

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

1419706381


Format: Book
Author: Beaty, Andrea
Summary: Robbie Darko is an old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician, but despite his best efforts, something always goes wrong with his tricks until crotchety Grandma Melvyn moves in and teaches him something about the true meaning of magic.
Title: Dorko the magnificent / Andrea Beaty.
Publisher Date: New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
Subject: Magicians -- Juvenile fiction. Magic tricks -- Juvenile fiction. Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction Family life -- Juvenile fiction. Humorous stories JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic. JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories. JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books.
Isbn: 1419706381 9781419706387
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System Items Total: 8
Call Number: C Beaty
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Format: Book
Author: Beaty, Andrea
Summary: Robbie Darko is an old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician, but despite his best efforts, something always goes wrong with his tricks until crotchety Grandma Melvyn moves in and teaches him something about the true meaning of magic.
Title: Dorko the magnificent / Andrea Beaty.
Publisher, Date: New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
Description: 213 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects: Magicians -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Magic tricks -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Family life -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Humorous stories
Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic.
Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories.
Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books.
LCCN: 2012045674
ISBN: 1419706381
ISBN: 9781419706387
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 8
Call Number: C Beaty