A Snicker of Magic

A New York Times Best Seller

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Cover illustration by Gilbert Ford     Design by Nina Goffi

Awards & Accolades


Did You Know?

Did you know President Obama and the first family bought A Snicker of Magic? Snicker was one of the books the first family picked up while shopping at Upsher Books in Washington D.C. on November 28, 2015. Have fun in the White House, Felicity and Jonah! To read more about Felicity and Jonah’s journey to the White House, please visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/11/28/for-obama-a-new-shopping-haunt-upshur-street-books/.



Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.



  • “Whimsical and bewitching … hang on for the ride!” New York Times Book Review
  • “From every angle, Lloyd’s first novel sparkles and radiates warmth … a reassuring, homespun story about self-expression and the magic that resides in one’s mind and heart.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “A delightful and inspiring debut … As Felicity loves to say, ‘Yes … yes … yes!'”School Library Journal, starred review
  • “This tale offers all the earmarks of fine storytelling, including colorful, eccentric characters, an original, highly likable narrator and a mighty ‘spindiddly’ plot.”Kirkus, starred review
  • “In this spellbinding debut novel set in Tennessee, Felicity Juniper Pickle sees magic in the people around her, and her worldview is curiously contagious “Shelf Awareness, starred review
  • “If Harper Lee had set out to write the Great American Fairy Tale, we might have gotten A SNICKER OF MAGIC a half century earlier.”TheTrades.com
  • “Every word from start to finish is delicious. You will eat this book up and beg for more.” – Jenni Holm, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fourteenth Goldfish
  • “A SNICKER OF MAGIC belongs in every elementary and middle school collection. Buy it. Gift it. Share it.” – John Schumacher, K-5 School Librarian, mrschureads.blogspot.com
  • “The appealing thing to young readers will be how real this all feels. The magical and the realistic are closely intertwined in such lyrically beautiful language that the story feels like it could happen next door, in an adjoining classroom or on their very own auditorium stage. Felicity Pickle and her friends have the perfect word for awesome. Spindiddly! That’s exactly how I feel about this book.” – Augusta Scattergood, The Christian Science Monitor
  • “Original, satisfying, and sweet as Blackberry Sunrise ice cream. Natalie Lloyd has a magical way with words.” – Natalie Standiford, author of THE SECRET TREE
  • “Families will love this whimsical, creative, and bewitching book set in a mythical Tennessee city called Midnight Gulch!” – Crissy Haslam, First Lady of Tennessee (Snicker was Mrs. Haslam’s July 2016, Book of the Month!)



Click below to hear a sample of the audiobook, narrated by Cassandra Morris.



Where in the world is the Pickled Jalapeño?

A Snicker of Magic is also published…

In Germany by Arsedition



In France by La Martinez


In Italy by Sperling


In Korea by Seedbrook





A Snicker of Magic Story: When the Ghosts Come Out to Dance
It’s Halloween, and Felicity and Jonah are celebrating with a boat rid
edown a maybe-haunted river. What could possibly go wrong? Click here to read a brand new short story from Midnight Gulch: When the Ghosts Come Out to Dance.

Becoming the Beedle



A Snicker of Magic Story: Becoming the Beedle
Click here to read the story of how Jonah Pickett became the…you know. (Told from Jonah’s point of view!