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Everyday Magic

Written by Jess Kidd

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Everyday Magic Review

Adventure Stories Debuts of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Magical adventures bursting with comedy and excitement

April 2021 Debut of the Month

Alfie Blackstock isn’t surprised to find himself an orphan. After all, his parents had always been careless. Comic, intriguing, full of possibilities, this opening sets the tone for the book that follows. Adopted by his aunts Gertrude and Zita, who we quickly realise are witches, Alfie settles into a new life in the remote village of Little Snoddington. He’s in need of friends his own age, if only to share all the extraordinary things that go on around him, and the arrival of the Famous Fagan Family Circus provides just that, in the form of daring young trapeze artists Calypso. When Calypso’s sister disappears, Alfie is there to help even though that means taking on the evil Head Witch – it’s what friends are for, after all. Full of humour and excitement, and with a proper emphasis on the importance of bravery, loyalty and friendships, Jess Kidd’s adventure story will delight young readers.


One to recommend to fans of Nevermoor and Abi Elphinstone’s Unmapped Chronicles series.

Andrea Reece

Everyday Magic Synopsis

Welcome to Little Snoddington, where nothing is normal and every day is magic . . .

Nine-year-old Alfie Blackstack's parents have met a very unfortunate end. Now he's living in the SUPER CREEPY Switherbroom Hall with his mad-haired Aunt Gertie and warty Aunt Zita. The thing is, Alfie's aunts aren't just weird - they're WITCHES! When the circus arrives in town Alfie makes his first ever friend, the FEARLESS Calypso Fagan.

But when Calypso's little sister Nova disappears, they must face the TERRIFYING Head Witch in a race to find Nova and stop the next Witch War.

Magical, mischievous and mysterious, Everyday Magic is an enchanted mix of The Witches, Nevermoor and Lemony Snicket. 

Everyday Magic Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

True friendship story, really inspiring you not be scared and overcome your fears Full review

Maria Kozel (Age 10)

I couldn’t put this book as I approached the end, reading for nearly two hours because I wanted to find out the ending! Full review

Naomi Martinez (Age 8)

If you are looking for an adventure story that will whisk you off your sofa then this is the book for you. Full review

Barney Clark (Age 8)

Everyday Magic Press Reviews

Everything you'd expect from Jess Kidd, with an especially naughty twinkle in its eye! I loved it -- Emma Carroll, author of The Somerset Tsunami

Featuring daring circus tricks, mischievous little sisters, the mysterious Switherbroom Hall, and so much enchantment that the pages practically crackle with it, Everyday Magic is action-packed and bursting with fun -- Sinead O'Hart author of The Star-Spun Web

This charming crazy story had me giggling all the way through - a magical story about the power of true friendship - I loved it! -- Jasbinder Bilan author of Asha & the Spirit Bird

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ISBN: 9781838850203
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838850203
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Jess Kidd
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon,

About Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd wanted to be a writer before she could even write. She comes from a big noisy (and nosy) family where storytelling was a favourite pastime. Jess was quite shy when she was little so she learnt to write down the stories she imagined. Then she gave them to her friends and relatives to enjoy. Jess has received praise for her books and always aims to give her readers an 'experience.' She is currently writing her fourth novel, teaching at her local college and working on TV and film projects. Oh, and playing tug-of-war over socks with Wilkie ...

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