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Now, whenever I compare a book to Harry Potter, I get in a little trouble with the author. One author actually took to her Facebook page complaining that yet another reviewer compared her book to Harry Potter. For some reason, authors seem to take a comparison to a billion dollar book/movie enterprise as a bit of an insult. So, here's hoping that the author takes no offense when I say, with Black Magic Academy, Sorensen has given readers what Harry Potter should have been!
Mildred is born to a family of witches. However, these aren't good witches. These are hexing, haggish, cockroach-leg-necklace wearing witches. And the problem is that Mildred just isn't a very good Bad Witch. So, she's sent to a school for witches in the hope that she will finally live up to her horrid potential.
This book is incredibly fun. While a very good person, Mildred is spunky, plucky and likeable. And many of the "bad" witches have some terrific qualities. This is a rollicking adventure of a book and kept my interest from the very first page.
What's most apparent is the fun the author had while writing this one! Picture creepy castles, people being turned into frogs, uncontrollable brooms flying through the air, all told in a light-hearted, funny, and very engaging style.
My only warning is to the parents of boys - there are very few male characters in the book and those few play very small roles. While I generally think that most books can be read and enjoyed by people of both genders, this felt very much like a girl's book. While I think any boy would enjoy the adventure and terrific settings and plot, they may very much feel the lack of relatable boy characters. However, the book seems ripe for a sequel and there could be a greater role for the boys in later books.
This really is a terrific read and is very appropriate for kids of all ages!
Sadly, this tale never really takes a real bite into all of the opportunities available. It skims the surface with a main character who has no friends, doesn't really make friends. The teachers were just names rather than living characters. And the obstacles never felt strongly related to the character.
I was left thinking that there should be more, and there wasn't.
K. R. Whitaker