Reader Reviewed My Magical Life by Zach King

My Magical Life

Written by Zach King

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October 2017 Debut of the Month

In a nutshell: boy discovers his magical powers at school

This funny, action-packed story will satisfy readers with a taste for magic, school capers and the absurd. Everyone in Zach’s family can do magic, except him. When he reaches the age of 11, still magic free, his parents give up and send him to his local school. Amongst the usual ups and downs of school – making friends, running up against the bullies, developing a massive crush on a fellow classmate – Zach discovers his magic, via of all things a pair of old baseball caps. Playing around with his new skill makes him something of a YouTube star, but attracts the attention of mean girl Trisha too. Neatly told with some of the zaniest scenes brought to life through cartoon strip illustration, this will be a real hit with young readers. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'Zach King is the only normal one in his family. He has lots of adventures with his friends and ends up finding his own special power...This book is an amazing mix of funniness and magic. I couldn’t put it down.'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 10 - 'Great book with cartoons and action. Both my sister and I loved it.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'I enjoyed this book so much, I couldn't put it down. A definite page turner, adventurous and magical!'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'A fun, magical story with brilliant comic style illustrations. You just want to keep on reading and there is an app, which really brought the story to life.'
  • Reuben Beer, Yr 8 - Great Torrington School - 'My thoughts on the book were really good. I would recommend it to someone in the year below because it is not a challenging read because it has lots of pictures in it.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 12 - 'This book was really funny and I really enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to readers aged 8+ as most of it was easy to read and the comic format is really good for younger readers. I give it 10/10.'
  • Luca DeFreitas, age 9 - 'I enjoyed reading this book because it was absolutely hilarious.'
  • Isabella Mason, age 9 - Redmaids Primary School - 'it was fun to read and the pictures made the story really come to life.'
  • Connor Lobban, age 9 - 'What a magical, adventurous story where the pictures actually come alive!'


My Magical Life by Zach King

A debut middle-grade series from the mega-talented Zach King, full of laughs, zany action and more than a hint of magic.

Eleven-year-old Zach has magical powers, just like everyone in his family, but he's having trouble harnessing his abilities. To help his powers manifest, and to help him appreciate his natural gifts, Zach's parents decide that he needs to be around 'real' people more. No more homeschooling - it's time for Zach to enter the scary world of secondary school! But Zach can't resist a bit of magic... A simple spell ends with him and his best friend stuck in a vending machine. Someone filmed it and by the next day he's gone viral on YouTube, in the process attracting the attention of Rachel, the prettiest girl at school. With everyone wondering how Zach does his tricks, and with head mean girl Trisha plotting to bring him down, Zach's got his work cut out if he's going to survive year 7 and keep his dreams of becoming a master magician intact.

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About the Author

Zach King is a modern magician, wowing online audiences with his inventive, playful and mind-boggling stop-motion film-making. Zach has worked with the biggest youth targeted brands in the world, from Crayola and Lego to Disney. Outside of traditional celebrities, Zach King is the most followed social media account in the world. Every week a video made by Zach is viewed 27 Million times.My Magical Life is Zach's first novel.

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Book Info


208 pages


Zach King
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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

21st September 2017




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