Lowe, Natasha The Power of Poppy Pendle, 225 pgs. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012. $15.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 ”f”); Mature Content - G ; Violence: G ;
More than anything in the world, Poppy Pendle loves to bake. Her parents, however, want her to pursue her magical talent and become a great witch like her Great Grandmother. Poppy must decide whether to go along with what is expected of her or follow her passion.
Cleverly written, this book is a delightful read that would appeal to upper elementary students who enjoy tales of magic mixed with realistic fiction. It would also make a great read aloud selection for elementary students. Poppy navigates common issues of fitting in, communicating with parents, dealing with mistakes, and finding true friendship. There are conflicts between Poppy and her parents, with both parties learning the value of listening and compromise. The section at the end of the book full of Poppy’s baking tips and recipes was a particularly delightful touch.
EL –ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Joy Hafen