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Black Magic Academy Paperback – January 13, 2012
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About the Author
Emily Martha Sorensen has always loved fantasy. Growing up, she would devour the works of C. S. Lewis, Michael Ende, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia C. Wrede. She loves humor, and she has a particular fondness for fairy tale retellings. She wrote her first book at ten years old, after deciding that she wanted to write professionally at the age of six. She completed her first draft of this book at fifteen, and has gone through several dozen rewrites since then. She has a husband named Ben, who also writes, and a fifteen-month-old daughter named Wednesday. They currently reside in Provo, Utah. You can read more about her, or find more of her stories, at http://www.emilymarthasorensen.com.
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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!
K. R. Whitaker
I was only disappointed by the number of spelling and page errors found on the kindle fire edition. I count at least ten a page and that's good! I'm hoping that these are corrected in the future.
All in all a very good find!