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Bras & broomsticks
Sarah Mlynowski
Teen Fiction MLYNOWS

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Although its premise is not altogether original, Mlynowski's (Milkrun) novel starring a teenage witch, told from the point of view of her 14-year-old mortal sister, offers plenty of laughs and some deliciously complicated predicaments. The fun begins when narrator Rachel learns that her "vegetarian, socially inept" 12-year-old sister, Miri, has suddenly developed magical powers. Oddly enough, she apparently has inherited them from the girls' divorced, rather mundane mother, who admits she "excommunicated [herself] from the witchcraft community" a long time ago. Their mother forbids Miri to cast spells until she undergoes a year of witch training, but the girl is eventually persuaded by her scheming sister to test her spell-casting abilities by helping Rachel become a flawless dancer, win a spot in a fashion show and capture the attention of a cute boy named Raf. All too soon, however, the girls discover that messing with fate can have dire consequences, especially when they attempt to put a halt to their father's upcoming wedding. While the outcome of the story is fairly predictable, Rachel and Miri have enough depth, morals-and flaws-to draw sympathy from readers and keep events interesting. The book's open ending suggests that more pleasingly far-fetched scenes await, but readers will have to hold out until next year for the sequel, Frogs and French Kisses. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Miri's younger sister; gets her to use her magical powers before Miri has learned how to use them.

Age: 12
Vegetarian; has magical powers; mother forbids her to cast spells until she undergoes a year of witch training.

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