Sep 22, 2015

Book Review: Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell by Toni Gallagher

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Review by Suze

Cleo moved from Ohio to California and she's still adjusting to her new school. It's a small private one where she gets a lot of attention in the lessons. She has problems focusing on her school work and is easily distracted. She's happy at the school even though not everyone is nice to her, because she has a great best friend. Sam is smart and always knows what to say.  Maddy, the most popular girl in the school, doesn't like Cleo very much and Sam is never afraid to stand up for her friend. 

When Cleo receives a voodoo doll from her uncle her father doesn't want her to use it. Her uncle has sent it as a present and it's supposed to be a positive doll, so she doesn't see the harm. Plus she'd really like to be more popular. Together with Sam she comes up with a hex. Because it works they keep using the doll. Only are the spells they're trying really that innocent and positive?

Cleo is a sweet girl. She's a dreamer who loves animals and she's happy when she can have fun. I found her really endearing, but she's also quite naive and impulsive at the same time. I think that makes her a great main character. She gets into all kinds of trouble and eventually needs to find a way out on her own. Of course having a voodoo doll to play with is bound to go wrong. I liked Toni Gallagher's idea and think she's written a wonderful and original story. Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell is fun and unique. I liked it very much and think it's a book that a lot of children will enjoy.


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