Book: Dairy of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch
Author: Max Candee
Kindle Edition: 159 pages
Genre: Upper Middle-grade
What do you do when you discover you’re a witch… And that using your new powers destroys your soul a little each time? As Anna continues to learn more about her secret abilities, she finds out that her neighbors are hiding something of their own: a plot to harm Anna and her friends.
Can Anna Sophia use her newfound supernatural powers to stop them? Can she fight back, without endangering her own soul? And maybe, just maybe, is her own secret tied up with theirs?
Though there is nothing new in middle grade fiction where the main character learns that she/he is a witch, the subtle dark edge of the blurb intrigued me.
The story starts with Anna Sophia writing a letter. Anna is an orphan whom her Uncle Misha found in a bear’s den. She is worried about Uncle Misha; all her letters in the past year have returned unopened. She is also excited about her coming birthday.
On her upcoming thirteenth birthday, she learns she is a witch. But that isn’t her main concern. Nothing is as it seems, and a sinister plot is brewing. Can she save herself and her friends with her new powers, or will the new powers be her undoing?
The story starts at a slow pace with lots of background information. However, as the plot proceeds, it gets more and more interesting. It is a story about friendships and loyalty, of witches and magic, and good and evil. But mostly it is a fun story of a girl who discovers herself, and tries to do the right thing even when forced in a difficult situation.
I liked Anna Sophia—her dreams, and fears are relatable. Except Beatrice, the other characters aren’t much described, so they seem unidimensional.
There are lovely illustrations in the book which would endear the book to kids. Dairy of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch is a sweet tale with a tinge of dark undertones, and enough mystery to appeal to middle grade kids.
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*I received the book via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.