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Magic Diary by Pat LaMarche

Magic Diary by Pat LaMarche

Sunbury Press, Inc.

Milford House Press Historical Fiction , Teens & YA

Pub Date 10 Jun 2019



Magic Diary is funny, frightening, and fantastic. The unique structure of this novel delivers sensitive insight into the life and death struggles of a critically ill child and her family. When a charming 14-year-old former cancer patient relapses, she pours her heart into the journal her high school English teacher gives her.

Encouraged to share her thoughts with the diary, Genevieve is promised magical results. Her teacher pledges “If you write what you’re thinking, time will pass more quickly.” Knowing how slowly time can pass in the hospital, Genevieve does as she is told.

Like most 21st century cancer patients, Genevieve has to face her fears while she struggles to get better. Genevieve worries how her illness effects those she loves. She strives to relate what she learns in school with what her own family and the other ill and injured children of the hospital’s pediatric floor must face.

Magic Diary is a modern day “A Christmas Carol” full of spectral visitors who help Genevieve better understand love, fear, living, and dying – with tales of how they faced those challenges when they were alive. Magic Diary is a 21st century history book full of historic figures sharing their experiences so a hopeful kid can better understand the world around her.

Available Editions

EDITION Paperback ISBN 9781620061725

PRICE$16.95 (USD)

My Review

Magic Diary is the story of Genevieve a fourteen year old in the hospital after a relapse. Surrounded by other cancer patients and not knowing what the future brings she is given a diary from her teacher. As she begins to write in her journal she is visited by historical people who provide her with very important lessons. She even shares her story with those close to her including the staff and Nana.

Sad, but great novel to help someone dealing with such a devastating illness. It is very well written and extremely a must read.

This book was provided for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Highly recommend this book whether you are a teenager or an adult.

I give this a 5 Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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