Nory Horace is about to take a very big test, one that will determine whether she can attend the prestigious Sage Academy with her brother and sister. The very same academy where her dad is the headmaster, so it is very important to her that she doesn't embarrass him. Nory has been preparing really hard to transform into a cute black kitten, but sometimes her magic just seems to go "wonky," and instead she ends up as a mixture of two different animals. The worst part is she also seems to loose a piece of her human self and there are usually terrible consequences when this happens. Like the time that she became a Bitten (a beaver and a kitten), and she chewed up all the wood in her dad's office. It's no surprise when Nory ends up failing her test, but her dad deciding to send her to live with her Aunt Margo and attend public school in a special magic class for children who have "upside down magic," well that's a complete surprise. Despite beginning to finally make some friends and understand her abilities a bit better, Nory tries to petition her principal to let her retake her test, so that she can transfer to Sage Academy. With the help of a special book, she just might be able to pass this time.
Upside Down Magic has been nominated for the Cybils award and my review reflects my personal opinion, not the opinion of the Cybils committee.