“Upside-Down Magic” by authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, has been selected for the Denver Arts and Venues’ 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver. Now in its sixth year, the summer reading program, which runs from June through August, offers children of ages nine to 12 a shared reading experience, along with fun and educational programming to help combat summer learning loss with events and activities tied to the book’s themes.

Published by Scholastic Inc., the book chronicles the misadventures of nine-year-old Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right-side up. In “Upside-Down Magic,” the first book it its series, characters live in an offbeat, whimsical world where it’s okay for kids to be different.


The 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver program launches June 13 at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave. Summer programming includes group activities, workshops and classes, and self-directed activities found in the free activity guide. Events and activities are based on “Upside-Down Magic” and range from science and technology, theater and art, to mindfulness, meditation and yoga.

The authors will make several public appearances in late July. Youth that participate in the program will receive a copy of the book, as well as educational opportunities related to the book. Participants can pick up a copy of the book and activity guide at Tattered Cover or Denver Public Library branches.