Finalist #5: 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 entry from our fifth finalist, Carolina:

For me, it was Haroun And The Sea Of Stories by Salman Rushdie. It not only introduce me to a lot of magic based on Arab culture, but also the magic that a good story can bring to you. It has genies and talking animals. I read it when I was very young, under ten, and I can still feel the chills of excitement. Then, I had no idea who Salman Rushdie was, and it didn’t really matter. All I knew was that reading it would transport me to another world and make me open my eyes wider when something ‘weird” would happen around me, making me hope it was the story coming to life.

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