Book Review: Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson

7 Jun

ImageThe summer of 1906 wasn’t supposed to be one of grand adventure. Violet Blake’s mother and brother have gone away, and may very well be dead. Her father has retreated to their failing farm, immersing himself in cherry trees. The church people have taken over Blue Lake. Violet’s busy-body aunt is trying to turn her into a lady. But then Violet finds the copper Hand, which seems to have magical powers. When Violet wishes with the Hand, her wishes come true. The Hand gives her hope she hasn’t had since her mother left, but soon Violet learns one very important rule: be careful what you wish for…

The summary might make this book sound a bit childish, but really it’s much more of a YA/Adult crossover. It’s about so much more than a magic hand–it’s about racism, the divide between the rich and poor, how everyone needs to take responsibility for their own actions. It’s more history and superstition than fantasy, but magical enough for everyone to enjoy.

The story is set in Michigan–my home state–and on a recent trip home I was informed that the author is actually stopping by my hometown bookstore where I worked throughout high school and college. Pretty cool! I wish I could be there for the signing, but alas. Anyway, the book screams Michigan–the water, the forests, the disgruntlement with tourists. I felt right at home reading this book.

But it was the characters who really drove this book. I loved Violet for her spunkiness, her willingness to make mistakes, her ability to set it all right–eventually. I loved Miss Nadia’s passion for photography. I loved Mercy’s desire for friendship and her ability to believe in the magic, and in Violet, til the end. Even some of the characters who weren’t exactly likable were good characters. Everyone was motivated by something, and even if you wouldn’t make their same choices, you could respect that they at least had a motivation.

All in all, I loved this book, but then, character-driven books are my thing. The plot itself moves a bit slowly, so if you’re looking for action you might want to turn elsewhere. Still, I think this book has a little something for everyone: history, culture, fantasy. Great for fans of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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