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Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite
No-See-Me and the Amazing Crimson Stick by Mary Verdick tells the life story of writer Meggie Dawson and her mysteriously helpful magical stick. A stick she finds as a child seems to help direct her when she feels confused and unsure. Meggie later succeeds as an author when she writes stories about what happens with The Amazing Crimson Stick. At the age of eight, Meggie’s mother remarries and suddenly Meggie has a step brother. As she grows into a teenager, she wants step brother Josh to be more than a brother to her. The book follows the relationships she has with Josh and his best friend, Ben, as they change throughout their lives.
No-See-Me and the Amazing Crimson Stick by Mary Verdick is a story of love and the complexities of human relationships. I thought using a magical stick was inventive and an interesting way for Meggie to find out what she should do. Doing the right thing is not always easy, as Meggie finds out. Her feelings for Josh and Ben and their feelings for Meggie are realistically complicated. I like the contrast between one man that stands beside her through the joys and tragedies of life and another man who wants to come back to her after leaving her years before. Meggie sees that reality in the end. I enjoyed the book. The only thing that might improve the story would be to deepen the characters a bit. The reader doesn’t really get to know either man well. Meggie is a great character and I enjoyed getting to know her and read her story.