Magnetic Magic

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Magnetic Magic
Dena loves using magnets to perform magic tricks for the kids at the pool. When Enrique arrives in town, he doesn’t like that Dena is fooling the others. He gives her a century-old treasure map and Dena uses her compass and tools to plot the location of the treasure. To her surprise, the treasure is not where it should be! What could cause her compass to lead her off course? When she discovers the answer, will Dena keep fooling the other kids with magic tricks or will she help them learn about magnetism and the earth’s shifting magnetic poles?

This informational fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Magnetic Magic is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Terry Catasús Jennings, Illustrated by Andrea Gabriel
32 pg, 8.5x10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: AD 560L, AR: 3.4, F&P: M
Hardcover 9781628558616 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628558623 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628558630 $11.95  
EBook 9781628558661 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628558678 Purchase Here
Keywords:   change over time, character, magnetism, map, tools and technology (compass), map skills, cardinal directions, Informational Fiction
Vetters:   Thanks to William Stone with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey for verifying the accuracy of the magnetism information in this book, and to Lee German, Commander, US Navy-Retired, for verifying the accuracy of the navigation information.


There is a definite need for well written books with a physical science topic for young readers, especially at the pre?K to third grade level. Magnetic Magic may well be one of these books. - NSTA Recommends

With a large, bold font, this book can be used in a science class unit on magnetism or during a classroom read-aloud activity. The illustrations are successful in moving the narrative forward and conveying the meaning of the text. - School Library Journal

Wow! Magnetic Magic is a fantastically entertaining and edify book that will delight readers of all ages. - Tundraco: A Resource Guide for Rockhounds

Author/Illustrator Info:

Terry Catasús Jennings has won several prestigious children's book awards, including NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA Recommended, and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. In addition to Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos, Terry has written Magnetic Magic, Gopher to the Rescue, and Sounds of the Savanna with Arbordale. Her middle-grade book, The Women's Liberation Movement, 1960-1990 was listed in the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project 2014-2015 List. Terry has been a contributor for the Smithsonian's Science Education Center books. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Long Island News Day, and Ranger Rick. Terry is an active member of The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC and SCBWI. She and her husband live in northern Virginia and spend their winters in southern Utah. Visit her website at

Award-winning artist Andrea Gabriel has worked as a professional illustrator for the past fifteen years. In addition to Been There, Done That: Reading Animal Signs and Little Gray's Great Migration for Arbordale, some of Andrea's other illustrated works include Where Do I Sleep? and Eaglet's World. Andrea is the author and illustrator of Wandering Woolly> and My Favorite Bear. Andrea lives in Bellingham, Washington with her family of two-and four-legged creatures. Visit her website at


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