Magic and a little twist of mayhem will charm fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Wendy Mass in this fresh, contemporary debut!
When a package arrives in the mail for Cleo Nelson, she can’t wait to open it. The birthday present is seven months late, but it’s from Uncle Arnie and that can only mean one thing: magic! Inside is a voodoo doll complete with instructions for making happy, wonderful things happen to Cleo and her friends—err, friend. Just one, really. But maybe the doll can change that. . . . Cleo can’t wait to try out the magic with her friend, Samantha. They start small by wishing for treats (surprise pizza!), but then their spells start to grow. And when they wish for popularity, they accidentally get the popular girl in school in major trouble with the principal. Can happy spells be twisted into bad magic?
About the Author
No stranger to storytelling, Toni Gallagher earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University and has had a successful career in reality TV. She began as a story editor on the early seasons of MTV’s The Real World and was a producer on the beloved and respected Disney Channel show Bug Juice, about real kids at summer camp. Currently she serves as executive producer of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo. Toni lives in Los Angeles and loves finding the magic in it.
“Cleo’s narrative is fresh, funny, and totally tween. . .Gallagher captures tween drama with sympathy and an awareness of the tribulations sixth grade brings.” —Booklist “Kids will devour this sweet book! . . . The characters were insanely adorable.” —thelovelybooksbookblog.blogspot.com
“An imaginative story, oodles of laughs, and great characters . . . I can’t wait to read book two!” —wordspelunking.blogspot.com
“If you’re a fan of middle grade and magic, then you’re going to love this one!” —pandorasbooks.org
“Gallagher’s tale evolves beyond a simple popularity quest.” —Kirkus Reviews