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the magic ticket


When you order directly from Fulcrum, you get an autographed copy of the book before publication day and this limited edition sticker.


David Hicks

David Hicks is the author of the novel White Plains (Bower House Books), a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and Westword’s #1 book by Colorado authors; and a second novel, The Gospel According to Danny, to be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2025. The Magic Ticket is his first children’s book. 


An award-winning professor and recipient of two Fulbright scholarships (Czech Republic 2020 and 2022), David is the founding director of the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing and current director of the nationally ranked Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Cynthia, are the founders of Electric City Writers in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where they live with their demonically charming dog, Louie.


kateri kramer

Kateri Kramer is a lifelong writer, illustrator, and visual artist who lives in Denver. She is a graduate of Regis University's Mile High MFA program and draws much of her inspiration from travel, the Colorado landscape, and the artistic legacy of her late father, Jack. The Magic Ticket is her first children’s book.

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About the Book

A story of the emotional growth of a young boy who grapples with the unimaginable death of his sister but who finds solace in libraries and books. 


When his beloved sister dies and his parents are too grief-stricken to attend to him, a little boy must figure out on his own how to process what has happened. When he visits his local library and a kind librarian hands him a “magic ticket,” he finds an unexpected sanctuary in the world of books. Could reading be the gateway to understanding, and coping with, such a devastating loss?  


David Hicks (author) and Kateri Kramer (illustrator) have created a tender and moving tale of loss, grief, and the healing power of storytelling, “a love letter to story, to books, and to libraries as a space to nourish both mind and heart” (Maria Mayo, Anythink Libraries). 


Recommended for ages six and seven, and for grown-ups everywhere whose childhoods, like that of the author, were forever changed by the death of a loved one. 


What people are saying...

“Stories have the power to reflect our own experiences, take us on fantastic journeys, and even heal us. David Hicks’s story has the power to inspire the magic of reading and empathy in children of all ages. All they need is a magic ticket.”  

—Jimmy Haver, Kids and Families Librarian, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, Colorado 

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A letter to the reader

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