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Summary: In this first book of the series we're introduced to Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin (W.I.T.C.H) at the beginning of their friendship. This is a series book for middle grade readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: I really didn’t like this book. The first few pages didn’t grab my attention at all. The only thing I enjoyed about this book was the comics. They grabbed my attention quickly and I loved them! If it weren’t for the comics, I would never recommend this book!
Adult Reader Reaction: The writing level is not as sophisticated (read: challenging and smooth) as I've seen in other books for this target audience. Let's hope the target reader is more savvy than what the plot offers and doesn't buy into some of the mean-spirited activities the girls are engaged in.
Pros: It's a paperback and it's cheap.
Cons: The story perpetuates some of what is wrong in how we treat each other. Reiterating poor behavior and bad choices for teens who are absorbing what they read is never good. The story isn't written well enough for them to draw out (what we expect) is a positive life lesson.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. Even nicely priced at $5.00, it's not worth your money. If your pre-teen insists on reading it, go to the library.
Educational Themes: If you can read this with your pre-teen, there's an opportunity to talk about how people treat each other; how it feels/what it would feel like to be the odd person out; how it feels when someone plays tricks on them.