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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. 

Each of the five finalists below will receive copies of Monstrous Beauty and Crewel, and one winner–selected by Book Riot readers–will get a $50 gift card to their favorite book retailer.

We’ve provided a little preview below, and you can click the link to read the full entry.  Come back to this page to vote for your favorite. Voting lasts until 11:59 pm, Wednesday, November 13. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 15.

FINALIST #1 – 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….MORE

FINALIST #2 – Kristin: 

When I was a kid, back in the late 60s, early 70s, I found the source of all magic and wonder: Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books. I would go to the library, which was a tiny room stuffed in the basement of the tiny municipal building, and check out a couple of his books….MORE

FINALIST #3 – Emily: 

When I was growing up, my dad would pull out a beautiful green hardcover book, set me on his lap, and start to read The Giving Tree. The experience alone was magical– his voice, the feel of the pages, and the color of the pictures all made my skin tingle….MORE

FINALIST #4 – Linda: 

There were likely books that had magic creatures or magical elements in them before this, but the one that really made me believe that magic could happen, that it was possible, was actually a series. It was Mary Poppins….MORE 

FINALIST #5 – 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 youMORE

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