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age 9+

Tweens band together in mysterious, magical fantasy.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Great Book!

I have an 11-year-old daughter, and I bought this book for her! It is a really good book and she could not put it down! I normally do not like anything with dark magic, but this book is not dark at all! I was still unsure when I bought it, so I read it myself, and I actually enjoyed it! The one thing I would say to be careful of is the wolf-monster in the book, because it could scare some kids.

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This magical novel about trusting your friends and believing in your power has serious moments and a surprising mystery. The writing style in Witchlings is simple and easy to understand, so readers won't be confused by the magic system or when there are more serious situations. Readers familiar with Spanish may recognize the magic words used to cast spells: "viento" for wind, "esconder" for hiding something, and so on. The magical sorting system has a unique spin to it with the presence and treatment of the Spares. While the witchlings embark on their impossible task, they also witness the mistreatment of a Spare and how society views Spares. Much of what they witness sparks a timely conversation on the treatment and lack of protection for marginalized communities.

The witchlings find out that Valley's father is abusive and starved her for two days because of a bad grade. Mentions of abuse may be distressing to some readers. Readers will have fun trying to guess the mystery surrounding the Nightbeast, and their jaws will drop when the truth is finally revealed. The passage of time is at some points hard to follow. There are some time skips where a week or a couple of days has passed, and it's sometimes easy to miss. But this doesn't negatively affect overall enjoyable reading experience.

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