- File Size: 1987 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (March 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ISW6BAA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #7627 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Sword & Sorcery
- #9326 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humorous
- #39721 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic
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The fact that Gemma thinks that Ms. Pruett is a witch (not just that she could be, but that she definitely is) hits at the core of what so many kids think about when they're young, but are often too afraid to say, for fear they may be considered strange or crazy. But let's be honest - who hasn't thought about the possibility that someone might be a witch, or how you yourself would feel if you had powers? I know I have. Gemma becomes transfixed with the idea that Ms. Pruett is putting spells on Trevor and Joey, discounting the fact the entire time that people change, and maybe that's all that's happening. However, strange things continue to happen, and it seems only a matter of time before it's revealed that Ms. Pruett is really a witch, casting spells on students for what Gemma believes is her perverse pleasure.
Along with best friend Izzie, Gemma comes up with a plan (albeit maybe not the best one - but who comes up with the greatest plans in middle school?), only to be foiled at almost every turn by Demonica (the girls' nickname for mean girl Monica). Gemma's journal entries helped move the story along, recapping all the events that lead up to the Halloween dance and everything that happens there.
There were a couple spots where continuity was an issue, in terms of names of people or events, but the overall premise of the story and the character development was well-conceived.
Complete with a black cat, a wand, and a Halloween dance that turns everything Gemma believed on its head, you're in for a fun, worthwhile read that will fill you with pleasant, yet nerve-wracking memories of middle school life.
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' a Young Adult Novel
This is a well crafted book written for the middle school audience...My middle school years are a distant memory...probably because the dude sitting in the seat next to me had the cool name of "T"...No...NOT MR. T...but T-Rex. (Because of his teeny arms, I never had to worry about him dipping my hair into the nearest lava well.)
BLACK CATS AND BALLET SLIPPERS is a laugh a moment read, that's so well written, it'll remind those of us knitting with stegosaurus rib bones of the angst, exaggerated drama, and misguided mental meanderings we USED to fill out our days with. (Oh where oh where has the magic gone?)
Iva Valentino tells us all about Gemma's plots, plans, and worries in the voice of her diary. Each entry takes us from Monday, October 10th at 4:00 PM...with Halloween on the not too distant horizon...all the way through Tuesday, November 1st at 3:30 PM and the post Halloween unraveling of the scariest truths.
Gemma tells us EVERYTHING...including her panic over giving herself a home cut because she decides her hair needed "feathering", and the MAJOR DISASTER this sets off.
BLACK CATS AND BALLET SLIPPERS is a fun read, and one that will have every middle school girl pumping her fist in the air going..."I've done that!" or, "OMG she loves her Trevor just as much as I love my Lance!"
Excellent book...a laugh riot...engaging...and a top notch tale for the Middle Schoolers among us.
BLACK CATS AND BALLET SLIPPERS by Iva Valentino has expertly earned
NICE JOB MS. VALENTINO.
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