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Jan 29 2019

Amelia Chamelia and the birthday party by Laura Sieveking

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Ill. by Alyssa Bermudez. Penguin Random House, 2019. ISBN 9780143791669.
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Themes: Birthdays. Magic. Camouflage. Amelia is about to turn 8 and the birthday party she has planned will be spectacular. Her Dad has told her that turning 8 will be magical, but what will this mean? When her party invitations are thrust into dangerous territory by a sudden gust of wind and the 'mean boys' at school present a problem for their retrieval, Amelia discovers a magical skill that transforms her life. Her magical talent of transformation is also used at her party to solve a mystery . . . but should she tell her friends and will they even believe her?
This is an undemanding but enjoyable tale for young female readers that are beginning to explore easy fiction chapter books. The problems explored are entirely appropriate for young readers, and the magical solutions demonstrate a simple creative fantasy. Inoffensive and charming.
Recommended for readers aged 6-8.
Carolyn Hull

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