Review: The Quirks, Welcome to Normal by Erin Soderberg and Kelly Light (Illustrations)


The Quirks, Welcome to Normal by Erin Soderberg and Kelly Light (Illustrations)

Age Range: 8 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Why be Normal, when you can be a Quirk? Presenting a charmingly offbeat new series about a family that is anything but ordinary.

and her family have moved around for years. Every time they think
they’ve found a home, one of the Quirks slips up and sends them
packing—because the Quirk family is a bit, well, quirky. Each family member has a magical power that makes them unique, and highly unusual.

can control minds; Grandpa twists time; Molly’s twin sister Penelope
has an all-too-real imagination; and Finn is the pesky kid brother—who
happens to be invisible. Then there’s Molly, the most unusual Quirk of
all. Molly is completely, utterly normal.

Molly’s greatest desire
is to fit in, and she’s found the perfect spot: Normal, Michigan. With
its cookie cutter houses, welcoming committees, and all-town
competitions, it seems like just the place for an ordinary new life. But
the Quirks aren’t known for fitting in—especially in a place like
Normal .

About the Author:

ERIN SODERBERG (DOWNING) has written many books for children and
young adults, but this is her first middle-grade series. Before turning
to writing full time, Erin worked as a children’s book editor and
marketer, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for
Nickelodeon. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her delightfully


About the Artist:

Born in 1970 off exit 149 of the Garden State Parkway, I grew up down
the shore surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors and
skee ball sounds. I was schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday
Funny pages. I picked up a pencil and started drawing and never


My Thoughts:

This book is so cute! I loved the crazy Quirks that the author came up
with and the way they manifested themselves. This is a funny middle
grade book that most kids would enjoy.  The ending led me to believe
that there will be more books in the series, and I can’t wait to read
the next one.

The illustrations are really fun and give the book a lot of personality.

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    Adriana Garcia
    June 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Oh I have seen this on NetGalley! I must try to get it now. I love that it's so much like Savvy but a miniaturized version. I love the illustrations and this book sounds like it was a winner. Must see if I can get it 😀

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