Aleca Zamm is a wonder

by Rue, Ginger,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv RUE Ginger
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j RUE Ginger
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Meet the wonder-full Aleca Zamm, an ordinary ten-year-old with an extraordinary ability: she can stop time!

Aleca Zamm has finally reached double digits and she still doesn't have a "thing"--a special talent or ability that will make her stand out. Her best friend, Maria, has a thing (swim team); her sister, Dylan, has a thing (singing); and even her former BFF Madison has a thing (soccer). But Aleca? No. Thing.

Until the day of her tenth birthday when Aleca discovers she can stop time just by saying her name. Suddenly, Aleca has a thing...and life is about to get a lot more interesting!

It turns out that being a Wonder (as her eccentric Aunt Zephyr, who is also a Wonder, calls it) comes with a few caveats, and that stopping time doesn't go undetected by other Wonders or those who may be searching for them. With her new mentor Aunt Zephyr by her side, Aleca discovers that being special comes with special challenges she never expected.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Aleca Zamm worries that she doesn't have a thing that makes her stand out. That is, until she turns 10 and discovers that by saying her name aloud, she can stop time. Mischief ensues when she starts testing out this newfound power, but it's short-lived: her aunt Zephyr comes along as a mentor and explains that Aleca is a Wonder, someone who gains a special power at age 10, and that she needs to control her special ability in order to stay safe. Rue is adept at describing details of school life, and even attempts to include some diversity with Aleca's Spanish-speaking bestie, Maria. The fast-paced writing is broken up into tight chapters, and the novel ends with a cliff-hanger leading into the main plot of the next volume in the series. Aleca's playful sense of humor and struggles with test taking and impulse control are believable for a character her age. Rue's clear, detailed writing style in this charming series opener makes this a great pick for emerging independent readers.--Pino, Kristina Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "On Aleca's 10th birthday, her best friend predicts that "today is the day everything changes for Aleca Zamm." And she's right: Aleca quickly discovers that, by saying her own name, she can stop time. What does she do with this newfound power? Pull pranks on her classmates, teacher, and principal and cheat on a math test, of course. But before Aleca can move on to dangerously altering the course of human events, her heretofore unknown great-aunt Zephyr shows up to assure her that she's not a witch but a magically talented "Wonder." After the funny opening chapters that focus on Aleca's use (and misuse) of her powers, the novel takes a prolonged detour into the Zamm family's history of magic. While entertaining, it doesn't move Aleca's story along very far, and things seem to end before they ever really begin. Nevertheless, Rue's (the Tig Ripley novels) heroine is memorably mischievous and strong-willed, which bodes well for her future adventures. Simultaneously available: Aleca Zamm Is Ahead of Her Time. Ages 7-10. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Rue, Ginger. Aleca Zamm ; #1.
Subjects Ability -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Test anxiety -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York :Aladdin,2017
Edition First Aladdin paperback edition.
Language English
Description 127 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781481470612
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