Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wild Water Magic by Lynne Jonell -- ADVISABLE

Jonell, Lynne Wild Water Magic (Mixed-Up Magic #4), illustrated by Brandon Dorman. Random House Children's, 2014. $12.99. Content: G.

Tate's so mad after her first week at a new school that she just has to run off her anger. But then she steps through the rotted-out cover of an old well and lands in the water -- water that, it turns out, has special magic. Suddenly Tate's thinking, reading, and planning faster than she ever has before. But the magic has a downside, too -- one that will require all three of her siblings' help to conquer.

This is a quick, cozy read with enough suspense to keep children turning the pages but not enough to scare. What it lacks in humor it makes up for in creativity, and the siblings' relationships and Tate's love of books are admirable. While this is the fourth in the series, it stands on its own quite nicely, with few references to earlier adventures.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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