The return of fairy godmother Katarina once again casts 12-year-old Lacey’s life into disorder.
When Katarina arrives with the momentous news that Lacey has been selected to join the Godmother Academy as a trainee, Lacey declines the offer. However, her cat accidentally commits her to a godmother task, and Lacey learns that if she does not fulfill her assigned client’s dream, both she and her client will suffer lasting consequences. In less than a week’s time, Lacey has to discover the client’s true love and host a dream wedding. As in series opener The Glitter Trap (2013), Lacey’s spells go comically awry as she struggles to master the intricacies of magic. Returning characters Sunny and Paige have strong supportive roles in this sequel, aiding Lacey in her efforts. With wry humor, Brauner and Mattson alter traditional fairy-tale lore, as when Lacey sets hordes of love-struck frogs in pursuit of her client by mistake. In the middle of the magical chaos, Lacey must also contend with life as a sixth-grader. She copes with her evolving friendship with Scott, inadvertently enters her school’s mascot competition and conquers her dread of basketball. Halpin’s winsome, lighthearted illustrations enhance the merry exuberance of the tale.
Quick-witted and spunky, Lacey beguiles readers in her second adventure. (Fantasy. 9-12)