Add Some Magic to Your New Year…

Add Some Magic to Your New Year…

Recently, I’ve been writing short stories as both a vacation from working on my current novel–Good Little Poppet–and also because the turn of the new year is when I enter story competitions. Yesterday I completed a magical short story for middle grades, The Wizard’s Cat, which I cannot post online at this time because it is being entered in a competition.

However, the writing of it reminded me of some of my favorite magical books specially written for kids. These novels are a bit more obscure than the classics, but ones that I would wish someone share with me if I had not heard of them.

So pick up these delightful reads and add them to your own collection of magical books!

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

A wonderful book for grades 3-7, about a magical bakery, a young witch discovering her own powers, and a Dia de los Muertos festival.

Muchier Scale: 7 out of 10.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

A lushly written novel for teens about two sisters with the ability to manipulate beauty, or “gleam.”

Muchier Scale: 8 out of 10.

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

For grades 4-6, a fairytale about a boy who believes he shouldn’t have survived who befriends a thief’s daughter. Together, they must save the most important magic.

Muchier Scale: 8 out of 10.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Teens will love this beautifully written book about a girl born with wings.

Muchier Scale: 9 out of 10.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

A middle-grade novel filled with magical realism and vodou culture, about a girl who immigrates to the USA from Haiti.

Muchier Scale: 7 out of 10.

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