by Lauren Magaziner
published by Dial
Eleven year old Lennie Mercado loves magic. She practices her invisibility powers all the time (she can now stay invisible for fifteen seconds!), and she dreams of the day that she can visit her grandfather, the Prime Wizard de Pomporromp, at his magical estate.
Now, Lennie has her chance. Poppop has decided to retire, and his grandchildren are coming from all over to compete in Wizardmatch. The winner inherits his title, his castle, and every single one of his unlimited magical powers. The losers get nothing. Lennie is desperate to win, but when Poppop creates a new rule to quelch any sibling rivalry, her thoughts turn from winning Wizardmatch to sabotaging it...even if it means betraying her family.
Comedic, touching, and page-turny, Wizardmatch is perfect for fans of Mr. Lemencello's Library, The Gollywopper Games, and The Candymakers.
Why you want to know about this book
Lauren Magaziner knows how to appeal to kids. Especially when there are magical powers coming into play! The best part about this book is how real it is. Lennie wants something so badly and when she doesn't get it, she's real - she mopes, she's jealous, she shows her true colors instead of being the better person! While those are all faults, they are real. Readers are going to relate to Lennie and want to be in the book and help her.
Give this to kids who
- enjoy fantasy
- like books about real things like sibling rivalry, gender/racial equality
- like books that pull on heartstrings - everyone will root for Lennie because she so badly wants something and when she doesn't get it, even through her faults, you'll still root for her
Be sure to find a copy of Wizardmatch next week!