Part magic, part adventure, and wholly delicious, this spirited story includes more than a dozen recipes readers--and budding bakers--can try at home.
- ISBN-13: 9781442446793
- ISBN-10: 144244679X
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 268
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Paula Wiseman Books
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Lowe's energetic first novel is led by 10-year-old Poppy, who was born in the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the town of Potts Bottom. While Poppy has inherited the gift of magic from her highly respected Great-Granny Mabel, she wants nothing to do with it. Baking makes Poppy happy, and after three years at Ruthersfield, a magic school her parents force her to attend, she is fed up. Poppy runs away to the Patisserie, where sympathetic Marie Claire takes her in, but when Poppy's parents drag her home, she snaps and turns them to stone with the "Stop It Now Spell." It's up to Marie Claire and Poppy's friend Charlie to bring Poppy back from the "dark side." Lowe makes the story's arc (and message) clear early on: the Ruthersfield motto translates to "Follow your passion," and Poppy's interest in another witch who crossed to the dark side presages her own transformation. Readers will easily empathize with Poppy and recognize the loneliness and anger that accompany being misunderstood. Several recipes for Poppy's desserts are included. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ann Tobias, A Literary Agency for Children's Books. (Sept.)