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The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel


Series
Poppy Pendle

by
Natasha Lowe

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Paula Wiseman
ISBN
9781481465335
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None
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Penderwicks meets Edward Eager in this charming coming-of-age tale about a young witch found in a flowerpot who’s on a journey to discover her roots.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

AR

5.6: points 8

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Witches. Magic. Self-realization. Schools. Adoption. Foundlings. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Mabel Ratcliff, the witchy great-great-grandmother of Cat (The Courage of Cat Campbell), stars in her own book about resourcefulness and feminism. It’s 1881, and Nora Ratcliff, a widow, finds baby Mabel in a flowerpot by her door. Nora falls in love with Mabel, only later discovering that Mabel is a witch. Nora enrolls Mabel in Ruthersfield Academy, a magical school where her innovative spells challenge her teachers’ unshakable adherence to rules and traditions. Mabel argues that girls should ride broomsticks astride for safety and brainstorms magical solutions to everyday problems like her housemaid’s brittle hair. When the Society of Forward Thinking Witches sponsors a competition for a useful household spell, Mabel’s clever idea and the machinations of her archenemy Winnifred make for a disastrous magical muddle that Mabel must unravel. Lowe taps into relevant themes for today’s youth with her characterization of Mabel as an inventor and an agent of social change. Through Mabel’s trials and errors, Lowe subtly impresses upon readers the ideas that trying and failing can lead to genius and that one should never abandon one’s convictions because of others’ opinions. Through the lens of the suffrage movement, Lowe also examines the so-called proper roles of women. The subplot involving the restrictive Nanny Grimshaw seems extraneous to the story, further delineating Mabel as a figure of pity and oppression. The historical setting may narrow the audience slightly, but Mabel’s high jinks will appeal to readers of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. VERDICT Mabel will inspire readers with her confident creativity; a solid secondary purchase, especially where Lowe’s previous title is popular.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Mabel Ratcliff, the witchy great-great-grandmother of Cat (The Courage of Cat Campbell), stars in her own book about resourcefulness and feminism. It’s 1881, and Nora Ratcliff, a widow, finds baby Mabel in a flowerpot by her door. Nora falls in love with Mabel, only later discovering that Mabel is a witch. Nora enrolls Mabel in Ruthersfield Academy, a magical school where her innovative spells challenge her teachers’ unshakable adherence to rules and traditions. Mabel argues that girls should ride broomsticks astride for safety and brainstorms magical solutions to everyday problems like her housemaid’s brittle hair. When the Society of Forward Thinking Witches sponsors a competition for a useful household spell, Mabel’s clever idea and the machinations of her archenemy Winnifred make for a disastrous magical muddle that Mabel must unravel. Lowe taps into relevant themes for today’s youth with her characterization of Mabel as an inventor and an agent of social change. Through Mabel’s trials and errors, Lowe subtly impresses upon readers the ideas that trying and failing can lead to genius and that one should never abandon one’s convictions because of others’ opinions. Through the lens of the suffrage movement, Lowe also examines the so-called proper roles of women. The subplot involving the restrictive Nanny Grimshaw seems extraneous to the story, further delineating Mabel as a figure of pity and oppression. The historical setting may narrow the audience slightly, but Mabel’s high jinks will appeal to readers of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. VERDICT Mabel will inspire readers with her confident creativity; a solid secondary purchase, especially where Lowe’s previous title is popular.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

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