Charmed Life

Amulet. (Wildseed Witch: Bk. 2). May 2023. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781419755637.
Gr 5 Up–Hasani from Wildseed Witch is back in Charmed Life. After learning she is a witch and spending the summer at a fancy witch school, Hasani is ready to take on eighth grade at Riverbend Elementary with her friends. Sure, she has to keep her magic a secret, although she will tell her best friend once she figures out how. What could go wrong? For starters, LaToya shows up at Riverbend and tries to steal Hasani’s friends. Then there is the mysterious termite infestation at the school. Thankfully, Miss Lafleur is there to help, even if she disagrees with Hasani that LaToya is behind the trouble. To prove she is right and save the day, Hasani learns more about the witch world but also starts to lose sight of what and who is important to her. Dumas once again presents readers with a fun magical story set in the modern world. The drama is a mix of magic related and of the typical middle school variety. Readers will enjoy the return of several faces from the first book of diverse characters and enjoy meeting new ones. To appreciate Charmed Life, one should be sure to read Wildseed Witch first, as the content in its successor does fully allow readers to grasp and enjoy without the predecessor.
VERDICT Purchase where the first book is popular but pass where it has been a hard sell.

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