Emma and the Love Spell

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In this contemporary middle grade fantasy, a girl tries to use her fickle magic to keep her best friend from moving away.

Twelve-year-old, Korean-American adoptee Emma Davidson has a problem. Two problems. Okay, three:

1. She has a crush on her best friend, Evangeline, that she hasn’t been able to share
2. Evangeline has to move away because her parents are getting a divorce
3. Oh, and Emma is a secret witch who can’t really control her powers

It’s a complicated summer between sixth and seventh grade. Emma’s parents made her promise that she’d keep her powers a secret and never, ever use them. But if Evangeline’s parents fall back in love, then she won’t have to move. And how hard could one little love spell be?

Witchlings meets The Parent Trap in this fast-paced, heartfelt story about learning to embrace who you are, even when your true self is different from everyone around you.

Meredith Ireland was born in Korea and adopted by a New York librarian. Her love of books started early and, although she pursued both pre-med at Rollins College and law at the University of Miami, stories were her fate. She currently resides with her two children, and Bob, a carnival goldfish who’s likely a person. She writes children’s books, some of which you may like. She is the author of the YA novels The Jasmine Project, a JLG Gold Standard Selection, and Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller. She is also a contributor to You Are Here, a middle grade anthology, and Adoptee to Adoptee, a young adult anthology.

"This sweet story touches on self-identity, belonging, and otherness in an accessible way. Ireland's character development is sophisticated yet approachable, much like Kelly Yang's Front Desk. Readers of all ages will appreciate Emma's journey of self-discovery in this fast-paced fantasy." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Magic abounds in this cheery tale by Ireland, who employs fast pacing, good humor, and tons of heart to adeptly convey one queer tween's struggle to navigate her feelings and desires." —Publishers Weekly

"Both heartwarming and hilarious! This lovely story about embracing your own unique identity is not to be missed!" —Ellen Oh, author of Finding Junie Kim and cofounder of We Need Diverse Books

"A satisfying story of emotional growth that will leave readers hoping for more magical adventures." —Kirkus Reviews

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