Magic for Sale

Magic for Sale

Book - 2017
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A young boy tracks down an elusive ghost in the hidden rooms of a fantastical magic shop.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823435593
Branch Call Number: E CLICKAR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Shelley, John 1959-


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A creepy magic shop, an adventurous boy on a dare, a not-so-scary ghost, and a surprise gift. What more could you ask for?

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Jan 25, 2018

The charming premise and Black main character drew me in, but I couldn't enjoy this book. Inside the strange shop that the title promises, young readers will be inundated with images of Native and ancient Egyptian artifacts. When white authors and illustrators reinforce the idea that indigenous and ancient Egyptian cultures can be automatically associated with anything spooky / weird / otherworldly / mystical / icky, it sends a racist message. It also normalizes the idea that indigenous culture is fit for the taking -- rather than understand ceremonial masks and mummies (who are buried ancestors) as sacred items that belong to the descendants of those cultures, these artifacts are sitting in a "curiosity" shop for anyone to purchase. I would not recommend this title for families who wants to challenge the subtle ways that children's literature so casually instills white supremacy (and therefore, disrespect for peoples of color).


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