Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Popularity Spell by Toni Gallagher - ADVISABLE

Gallagher, Toni The Popularity Spell (Twist My Charm), 259 pgs. Random House Children’s Books, 2015.  $16.99.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Eleven-year old Cleo Nelson is adjusting to life in Los Angeles, finding it very different from Ohio. School seems dismal until Cleo gets a late birthday present from Uncle Arnie, who has handcrafted a “positive happy” voodoo doll.  Cleo and her friend, Samantha, anxiously try out the doll, wishing for simple things and as the voodoo seems to be working, aim for full-fledged popularity.  The spells seem to take a dark and unexpected turn, and Sam has to decide what is really important to her.  

I did not intend to love this book, but I did.  There was enough going on that the plot didn’t seem trite.  The book showcases the unintended fall out from getting what we think we want without seeing others’ perspectives.   The characters are delightful and though the ending is satisfying, it leaves it open for a sequel.  I’m there.

EL, MS - ADVISABLE.  Michelle in the Middle

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