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A debut contemporary novel about 11-year-old aspiring magician Ethan, who discovers that heroes come in all sizes, and real magic can be found in the most unexpected places.
When life revolves around stressed-out parents and ER visits for his special needs little brother Jake, eleven-year-old Ethan escapes to a world of top hats, trick decks, and magic wands. When he hears of a junior magic competition where the top prize is to meet and perform with his hero, Magnus the Magnificent, Ethan is determined to do whatever he needs to get there--and to win.
His dedication and hard work pay off, and he makes it to the top five finalists: his dream really could come true! Then Jake falls dangerously ill and Ethan's hopes and plans are in jeopardy. As he searches for any sort of magic that might save Jake, Ethan learns what is truly important . . . and what real magic is.
About the Author
Naomi Milliner has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's in Screenwriting from USC Film School. As a long-time member of SCBWI, she created the Authors Book Club (ABC) for published authors and illustrators to share their journey with other members. She has also served on the Women's National Book Association's Great Group Reads Committee since 2009. She lives in Maryland, with her husband and sons.
"The Millers' love for one another radiates throughout Ethan's witty, introspective narration. Jake is never a burden; his family members include him in fun activities and everyday life as best they can.... A warm, hopeful debut."
"Hopeful, humorous, and honest all at once, Super Jake & the King of Chaos
shows how, even in the most difficult times, a family's love is its own kind of magic."—John David Anderson, author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Aspiring magician Ethan, 11, learns the true meaning of magic in this charming and heartwarming debut. The author based Jake on her own son, and that portrayal lends authenticity to this funny and moving story.
—-Booklist, starred review
"Milliner has created a memorable story, right from the first sentence. All the characters are vivid and real, and the plot which could be syrupy and sentimental instead offers no sugary-sweet easy answers, just the real magic of family and how we hold each other."
—Marissa Moss, bestselling author of Amelia's Notebook
"This quiet, powerful book is full of charm and heart, but its real magic is humor. Ethan's wit and tenacity transform the story into something truly powerful, a testimony to how love is always worth the fight, the sacrifice and especially the hope for brighter days. Not once does Ethan feel sorry for himself or his brother; his pity is reserved for those who are unable to see past Jake's differences to what really makes him unique-his incredible ability to choose and create joy. Super Jake & the King of Chaos
will fill your soul."—Beth Vrabel, author of Caleb and Kit, The Reckless Club, and the Pack of Dorks series
"There is magic, yes! However, at the heart of this well-paced debut lives an extraordinary family that readers will follow right through to the satisfying finish."
—Leslie Connor, National Book Award Finalist, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
strong family story for realistic middle grade fiction shelves.
—School Library Journal