A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee
A Most Magical Girl is an imaginative and beguiling tale set in Victorian London, where the city’s ageing witches and wizards struggle against a malevolent villain in a quintessential battle of good and evil. Naturally, they turn to a magical girl to save the world.
A reluctant and apprehensive heroine, Annabel believes herself an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. But she and the ‘wild’ girl Kitty (a magical girl in her own right) are incredibly endearing; vulnerable yet strong while battling both their internal fears and external challenges. There’s a wonderful juxtaposition between prim and proper Annabel and tough and gritty Kitty, and their fractious friendship borne of necessity but (ultimately) mutual respect.
Karen Foxlee successfully draws the reader in with wonderfully appealing characters and a deliciously tense story line injected with a deft touch of wry humour.
This is a magical adventure exploring the search for identity, family and friendship that is perfect for independent readers aged 9, and it’s also an ideal read-aloud for the whole family. Highly recommended.
Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.