The Magic Gems (Lily Halfmoon, Book 1)

Xavier Bonet, Marie Trinchant (trans.)

The Magic Gems (Lily Halfmoon, Book 1)
Format
Paperback
Publisher
A&U Children's
Country
Australia
Published
29 August 2023
Pages
80
ISBN
9781761180354

The Magic Gems (Lily Halfmoon, Book 1)

Xavier Bonet, Marie Trinchant (trans.)

'Witches and Wizards,Sorcerers and Enchanters, by the magic granted to you, you must solemnly promise to keep your powersa secret forever ...'

Lily Halfmoon has just moved to the town of Piedraville. New house, new school and … new powers?

Surprise – Lily is a witch! She must learn magic, and find her animal guardian and gemstone, while keeping her new identity a secret.

Protecting the people of Piedraville from evil is no easy task. Especially when a dangerous creature is on the loose. Will Lily finally discover her gem's unique power with the help of her new friends, Gigi and Mai, all without attracting attention?

Review

It’s Lily’s birthday and that means it’s also time for her to start at a new school – for witches!! This lovely graphic novel is a classic story about a reluctant new witch discovering that she has been bestowed with uniquely strong powers, and, of course, she may end up saving the day! It is perfectly pitched for young readers with a balance of gentle humour, charming detail and scary action.

The book is studded with enchanting features: each witch has a magic gem and a familiar, and there are pages to explain the unique powers of each gem, profile the cute critters that are familiars and there is even a recipe for a magic cleaning slime. I’m confident those who read this will eagerly await the next instalment. This is an excellent choice for kids who might be keen on the idea of big chapter books like the Harry Potter or Nevermoor series, but aren’t quite ready to read them independently yet. For ages 7+.

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