Monday, January 27, 2014

OMG...Am I a Witch? by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Author:  Talia Aikens-Nunez,  (Illustrator)
Publisher: Pinwheel Books
Date of publication: October 2013

April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with the help of her friends, Grace and Eve, she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work and will April's newfound magic save the day?

OMG...Am I a Witch? is a really cute middle grade story.  One day on the bus, April's annoying older brother pushes her too far and she turns him into a dog using a spell she read off the Internet. She enlists her friends to help her try to reverse the spell before her parents find out Austin is now a dog.

One of the things that I liked about the book was how April begins to realize that even though her brother annoys her, he does care about her.  He has defended her before and taken care of her when she was sick.  I think that is a great message to send.  The only thing I wish the book had was an explanation as to why April suddenly has powers.  I felt like that wasn't explored enough.  I'm not sure if this is going to be a series or not.  If so, maybe a second book could explain her powers.

The book is short and is sprinkled with adorable illustrations.  I think girls will fall in love with Austin is a puppy.  He was very cute!  This book would be perfect for any reader 4th grade and up.  I know my 10 year old daughter would probably enjoy this book.

About the author:

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she
would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.
Find out more about Talia at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

Talia’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, January 8th: Maureen’s Musings
Friday, January 10th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, January 14th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, January 15th: The Owl’s Skull
Thursday, January 16th: Book, Books Everywhere!
Tuesday, January 21st: Book Loving Hippo
Wednesday, January 22nd: Cherry Blossoms
Thursday, January 23rd: An Unconventional Librarian
Monday, January 27th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, January 28th: Sweet Southern Home
Wednesday, January 29th: Advice from a Caterpillar
Thursday, January 30th: Books and Things
Friday, January 31st: Curling up by the Fire
Monday, February 3rd: Book Dilettante
Thursday, February 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Reader

1 comment:

trish said...

I love that the girl wants to change her brother back before her parents find out. I'm pretty sure that would be my reaction too. :)

Thanks for being on the tour!