Saturday, 5 October 2013

Stargirl Academy: Sophie's Shining Spell by Vivian French

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I was watching TV with Pete when the Tingle came. Mum had popped out to get some bread, but Pete didn't want to go with her so I said I'd look after him. He'd said he was sorry about my notebook, and I'd said I was sorry for shouting at him, and he was sitting on the sofa beside me when suddenly there was this sharp pain in my elbow.
Published by Walker Books on the 20th June 2013
Pages - 128
Summary From Walker Books
Sophie's little brother has nowhere to play. The girls in Team Starlight want to help but it's Jackson's turn to choose a mission – and she has other plans…
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The third book in the Stargirl Academy series, this story follows the same formula as the first two with the girls learning a spell that will help them to solve somebody's problem later on. This time Sophie hopes the Golden Wand will point at her so she can help her little brother, Pete, but Jackson, one of the two not-so-nice Stargirl Academy trainees, gets to pick somebody to help instead.
Like the other stories in the series, this one is a mixture of magic and morals as the stargirls learn how to do spells and how to use them as a force for good. Here, by helping Jackson's mum, they also manage to turn things around for Pete.
The book is competently written and has line drawings every two or three pages. It has a pink cover scattered with shiny silver stars and will appeal to girls aged seven and over.
about trainee fairy godmothers - or stargirls, as they're called nowadays! The story is about Madison, one of the six Stargirl Academy friends, who has to pick somebody to help when the Golden Wand points at her. She and the rest of Team Stargirl use their magic to try to help her sister's friend, Di. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that it's not Di, but Madison's sister Izzy who needs help after all. The stargirls rise to their new challenge, although there are some hairy moments before they sort everything out.
The story moves along at a good pace and the plot and characters kept me interested to the end of the book. I particularly enjoyed reading about the girls learning to do the solidifying spell that played a memorable part later in the story. The characters, especially the academy teachers, are well-drawn, there are line drawings every couple of pages and the cover is fab, with lots of shiny stars. A good read for girly-girls aged seven and over.

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