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Finalist #1: What’s the Book That First Made You Believe in Magic?

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

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Long after we grow out of the ability to believe in mermaids and fantastic creatures, books offer us the opportunity to suspend reality and believe in magic, if even for just a few hours.

In this giveaway sponsored by Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama and Crewel by Gennifer Albin, we want to celebrate the books and stories that first ignited our imaginations. We asked you to tell us about the book that first made you believe in magic.  

You can get a preview of each of the five finalists here. Check out each entry, and then vote for your favorite before 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 13.

Check out this submission from our first finalist, Noni.

The book was a much-read and loved copy of The Elves and the Shoemaker, the year was 1996, and I was a very young kid well on the way to profound skepticism.  I sympathized with those nice old people, the shoemaker and his wife, and their attempt to attain financial stability. The intentions of the elves made no sense, but neither did the fact the disapproving elders and friends and bullies would suddenly becoming approving or nice. The original story had some horrific elements, but the combination of the potent imagery involved in the cobbling of shoes, the incremental rise of the output, and no apparent logistic difficulties for the shoemaker made it truly irresistible to me. I believed in a magic that involved hard work for its own sake.

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