Bound To Stay Bound

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 Charmed life (Wildseed Witch)
 Author: Dumas, Marti

 Publisher:  Amulet Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 380 p.,  20 cm

 BTSB No: 294502 ISBN: 9781419755637
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Witches -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Schools stories
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $23.28

After a summer of being the worst witch at a fancy witch school, Hasani can't wait to get back to the peace and normalcy of Riverbend Middle where she knows all the rules and is destined to be captain of the Mathletes. There are a few little hiccups to work out, like how she's going to tell her best friend that she's a witch. When fellow witch LaToya shows up to cause trouble and frame Hasani for all of it, Hasani sets out to expose the truth.

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/23)
   School Library Journal (06/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 06/01/2023 Gr 5 Up—Hasani from Wildseed Witch is back in Charmed Life. After learning she is a witch and spending the summer at a fancy witch school, Hasani is ready to take on eighth grade at Riverbend Elementary with her friends. Sure, she has to keep her magic a secret, although she will tell her best friend once she figures out how. What could go wrong? For starters, LaToya shows up at Riverbend and tries to steal Hasani's friends. Then there is the mysterious termite infestation at the school. Thankfully, Miss Lafleur is there to help, even if she disagrees with Hasani that LaToya is behind the trouble. To prove she is right and save the day, Hasani learns more about the witch world but also starts to lose sight of what and who is important to her. Dumas once again presents readers with a fun magical story set in the modern world. The drama is a mix of magic related and of the typical middle school variety. Readers will enjoy the return of several faces from the first book of diverse characters and enjoy meeting new ones. To appreciate Charmed Life, one should be sure to read Wildseed Witch first, as the content in its successor does fully allow readers to grasp and enjoy without the predecessor. VERDICT Purchase where the first book is popular but pass where it has been a hard sell.—Amanda Borgia - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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