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Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite
Secret Magic: Evie Everyday Witch Book 1 is a charming chapter book written by Elena Paige for younger middle-grade readers. Evie Everyday is a young witch who just wants to be a lamron – that’s the word “normal” spelled backward. She enrolls in a new school and does her best to blend in with the other kids, turning her purple pet cat into a diary, her bat into a pair of glasses and hiding her corncob in her backpack. The only problem is that no one seems to wear any color except for black and everyone acts a little weird, especially Mrs. Rogers, the school principal. One minute, everyone is mean to Evie and the next minute, everyone thinks she’s just the greatest. Then there’s Izzy, a friendly girl after Evie’s own heart, who’s convinced that Evie’s a witch. Evie does her best to stay away from Izzy – even if it means hurting the other girl’s feelings – in order to keep up appearances of being “normal”. Until the unthinkable happens…her corncob starts popping corn all over the class, her glasses turn back into her bat and chaos ensues. Evie suddenly realizes that being “normal” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be…
Evie is the perfect young protagonist. She’s quirky and charming with a bubbly personality that won’t let anything get her down. When faced with a problem, she looks for a solution yet, at the same time, she’s just like any young girl wanting to fit in with her peers, making her a very relatable figure. Her friend, Izzy, is equally likable. She embodies what it means to be a good friend, which is an important attribute to convey to young children at a time when they’re learning to develop friendships that can sometimes be fickle and turn hurtful. The narrative in Secret Magic is age-appropriate and easy to follow. Paige does a good job combining elements of magic within the storyline without letting it overpower the central theme of her story. The character of Mrs. Rogers is a little over the top but appropriate in context with the nature of the story. A likable young protagonist and a bit of hocus-pocus make for a winning combination in Secret Magic, the first Evie Everyday Witch book in what promises to be a great series.