Monday, September 14, 2015
Upside-Down Magic, by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The first of a series that merges a Harry Potter magic school theme with that very American sensibility for celebrating diversity, and aims it at a younger audience. It's probably a winning formula and the trio of heavy hitters behind it is impressive. Much more impressive for me was that for a team-written book it was surprisingly difficult to identify each writer's contribution. Jenkins in particular has a very notable dry humor which permeates the story, yet Mlynowski and Myracle are formidable presence as well. I'm not a fan of middle grade series books, but I imagine this will be around for a while!
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. Once I finish with it, I'll be donating it to my local public library. The book is scheduled for release on September 29th.]