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 Eva Evergreen, semi-magical witch (Eva Evergreen)
 Author: Abe, Julie

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 388 p.,  19 cm

 BTSB No: 040207 ISBN: 9780316493888
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Witches -- Fiction
 Apprentices -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $14.99

Summary:
Eva must travel to a seaside town to complete her training and earn the rank of Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday, or be banned from using magic forever.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 509413

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/20)
   School Library Journal (07/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will feel right at home in this middle grade fantasy set in Rivelle Realm, where magic is dwindling. Magical late bloomer Eva must complete her first independent mission if she wants to become a witch before her 13th birthday. Not completing the quest comes at a horrible cost—being forever stripped of the little magic she does possess. Eva has a loving family with a magical mother and nonmagical father, yet she cannot help comparing herself to her high-achieving mother, and fears she will never become a successful witch. Eva has a magical condition that causes her to feel physically drained each time she practices, although she knows practice will make her stronger. Her quest leads her to coastal Auteri, where she faces skepticism from community leaders, garners the support of a town sponsor, makes a frenemy-turned-friend, and establishes lasting relationships with small business owners as she practices her magical specialty: repair work. Eva stretches her abilities and struggles to find her footing as the sole local witch while making small inroads with her own practice. Her frequent, rapid fluctuations in confidence level, while mirroring the human experience, make for an odd reading experience, along with a plot that doesn't arc so much as build and then meander. Eva's ultimate solution to save the town appears spontaneously without narrative development. VERDICT Despite its occasional storyline waffling, this middle grade fantasy is worthwhile. Memorable characters accompany strong messages of believing in yourself, working hard, and choosing who you love. A novel well worth the read. Recommended for fiction collections.—Lauren Younger, Univ. of Dallas Lib. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will feel right at home in this middle grade fantasy set in Rivelle Realm, where magic is dwindling. Magical late bloomer Eva must complete her first independent mission if she wants to become a witch before her 13th birthday. Not completing the quest comes at a horrible cost—being forever stripped of the little magic she does possess. Eva has a loving family with a magical mother and nonmagical father, yet she cannot help comparing herself to her high-achieving mother, and fears she will never become a successful witch. Eva has a magical condition that causes her to feel physically drained each time she practices, although she knows practice will make her stronger. Her quest leads her to coastal Auteri, where she faces skepticism from community leaders, garners the support of a town sponsor, makes a frenemy-turned-friend, and establishes lasting relationships with small business owners as she practices her magical specialty: repair work. Eva stretches her abilities and struggles to find her footing as the sole local witch while making small inroads with her own practice. Her frequent, rapid fluctuations in confidence level, while mirroring the human experience, make for an odd reading experience, along with a plot that doesn't arc so much as build and then meander. Eva's ultimate solution to save the town appears spontaneously without narrative development. VERDICT Despite its occasional storyline waffling, this middle grade fantasy is worthwhile. Memorable characters accompany strong messages of believing in yourself, working hard, and choosing who you love. A novel well worth the read. Recommended for fiction collections.—Lauren Younger, Univ. of Dallas Lib. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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