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CHARMED LIFE by Marti  Dumas


From the Wildseed Witch series, volume 2

by Marti Dumas

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2023
ISBN: 9781419755637
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Hasani’s magical journey continues with more tests and lessons for the young witch in this follow-up to 2022’s Wildseed Witch.

This time Hasani is back on her home turf at her old school, New Orleans’ Riverbend Middle. Dee and Angelique, her fellow coven members from her summer witch camp, Les Belles Demoiselles, are back there with her for eighth grade, and so is deceitful ex-friend LaToya. Hasani is faced with balancing these elements of her new life with ones from the past, like best friend Luz, who is still unaware that Hasani is a witch. When a huge swarm of termites descends upon the school, Hasani is convinced that LaToya is responsible and is trying to undermine her. She’s determined to prove this despite the doubts of others, including Miss Lafleur, her Belles Demoiselles mentor who shows up and offers to help find the source of the trouble. Hasani’s fear of using her magic is highlighted as well as her challenge with balancing all the moving parts of her life. Will she be able to tap into her magic and grasp what is truly important, or will she allow her fears and biases to wreak havoc on her life and relationships? Dumas shows how Hasani’s magical world gets enmeshed with her everyday existence and the complexities as she tries to navigate it. Readers will be best served by having read the first volume.

A fitting sequel filled with magic and friendship.

(Fantasy. 10-14)