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A WHISPER OF CURSES

A heartfelt follow-up, perfect for readers in need of a bit of courage.

Two young witches have an adventurous spring break at a magical camp.

Kyana Turner returns after saving Park Row Magick Academy from closure in A Taste of Magic (2022). Now the school is in the position to create a thriving environment for her local magical community. However, the responsibility seemingly falls to Kyana to keep the other students engaged and connected—and she’s feeling the pressure. Ashley Martinez, Kyana’s best friend, is an introvert who prefers the solitude of being in the Between Realms, and she’s not thrilled when her mom suggests yet another spring break spent at Enrichment Camp. That is, until she hears that a famous inventor who specializes in Availables—magical creatures that tether to inanimate objects in our realm—will be there. After Kyana is mysteriously attacked by an Available, leaving her susceptible to drastic emotional mood swings, the girls decide that attending camp might help them find a cure. However, their plans change when the portals unexpectedly close, trapping all the campers on the island. The brilliant young protagonists work together with their allies to figure out what’s happening, uncovering a dastardly plot along the way. Told in Ashley’s and Kyana’s dual perspectives, the book immerses readers in a richly whimsical magical world. The writing is straightforward and accessible yet engaging enough to keep readers interested. The diverse cast of characters who make up the Magick community further reinforce themes of allyship and recognizing different strengths.

A heartfelt follow-up, perfect for readers in need of a bit of courage. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 9, 2024

ISBN: 9781547606740

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2024

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often...

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A successful juvenile by the beloved New Yorker writer portrays a farm episode with an imaginative twist that makes a poignant, humorous story of a pig, a spider and a little girl.

Young Fern Arable pleads for the life of runt piglet Wilbur and gets her father to sell him to a neighbor, Mr. Zuckerman. Daily, Fern visits the Zuckermans to sit and muse with Wilbur and with the clever pen spider Charlotte, who befriends him when he is lonely and downcast. At the news of Wilbur's forthcoming slaughter, campaigning Charlotte, to the astonishment of people for miles around, spins words in her web. "Some Pig" comes first. Then "Terrific"—then "Radiant". The last word, when Wilbur is about to win a show prize and Charlotte is about to die from building her egg sac, is "Humble". And as the wonderful Charlotte does die, the sadness is tempered by the promise of more spiders next spring.

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often informative as amusing, and the whole tenor of appealing wit and pathos will make fine entertainment for reading aloud, too.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1952

ISBN: 978-0-06-026385-0

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1952

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GHOSTS

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and...

Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family’s move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast.

Dad has a new job, but it’s little sister Maya’s lungs that motivate the move: she has had cystic fibrosis since birth—a degenerative breathing condition. Despite her health, Maya loves adventure, even if her lungs suffer for it and even when Cat must follow to keep her safe. When Carlos, a tall, brown, and handsome teen Ghost Tour guide introduces the sisters to the Bahía ghosts—most of whom were Spanish-speaking Mexicans when alive—they fascinate Maya and she them, but the terrified Cat wants only to get herself and Maya back to safety. When the ghost adventure leads to Maya’s hospitalization, Cat blames both herself and Carlos, which makes seeing him at school difficult. As Cat awakens to the meaning of Halloween and Day of the Dead in this strange new home, she comes to understand the importance of the ghosts both to herself and to Maya. Telgemeier neatly balances enough issues that a lesser artist would split them into separate stories and delivers as much delight textually as visually. The backmatter includes snippets from Telgemeier’s sketchbook and a photo of her in Día makeup.

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-54061-2

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 1, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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