Emma and the Love Spell (Hardcover)

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Emma and the Love Spell (Hardcover)


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Witchlings meets The Parent Trap in this contemporary fantasy about a girl who tries to use her fickle witchy powers to keep her best friend (and secret crush!) from moving away.

Twelve-year-old, Korean American adoptee Emma Davidson has a problem. Two problems. Okay, three:

1. She has a crush on her best friend, Avangeline, that she hasn't been able to share
2. Avangeline now has to move out of their town because her parents are getting a divorce
3. Oh, and Emma is a secret witch who can't really control her powers

It's a complicated summer between sixth and seventh grade. Emma's parents made her promise that she'd keep her powers a secret and never, ever use them. But if Avangeline's parents fell back in love, it would fix everything. And how hard could one little love spell be?

This fast-paced, heartfelt story is a powerful exploration of learning to embrace who you are, even when your true self is different from everyone around you.

Meredith Ireland was born in Korea and adopted by a New York librarian. Her love of books started early and, although she pursued both pre-med at Rollins College and law at the University of Miami, stories were her fate. She currently resides with her two children, and Bob, a carnival goldfish who's likely a person. She writes children's books, some of which you may like. She is the author of the YA novels The Jasmine Project, a JLG Gold Standard Selection, and Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller. She is also a contributor to You Are Here, a middle grade anthology, and When We Became Ours, a young adult anthology.
Twitter: @meredithireland
Instagram: @writermeredithireland

Product Details ISBN: 9781547612604
ISBN-10: 1547612606
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English

“Both heartwarming and hilarious! This lovely story about embracing your own unique identity is not to be missed!” —Ellen Oh, author of Finding Junie Kim and cofounder of We Need Diverse Books

“Reading this book feels like talking to your funny, honest best friend. Ireland has a way of making Emma's experiences-whether they be sad, embarrassing, scary, or wondrous-totally relatable. I loved this book.” —Misa Sugiura, author of Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind and It's Not Like It's a Secret

“A whimsical delight of a story so magical that it feels like it cast a spell on me. Emma and the Love Spell is sure to charm readers who will adore plucky Emma; her best friend Avangeline; and of course, Persimmon, the sassy, talking cat.” —Julie Abe, author of the Eva Evergreen and Tessa Miyata series

“In the completely enchanting Emma and the Love Spell, Meredith Ireland weaves a delightful story of best friendship, first crushes, and the life-changing magic of coming into your powers-whatever they may be. A wonderful read.” —Anne Ursu, author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

“At once tender and spunky, Emma and the Love Spell is a spirited reminder that we contain multitudes and anything is possible when we embrace that truth-even a little bit of magic.” —Sarah Suk, author of The Space between Here & Now and Made in Korea

“Magic abounds in this cheery tale by Ireland, who employs fast pacing, good humor, and tons of heart to adeptly convey one queer tween's struggle to navigate her feelings and desires.” —Publishers Weekly

“This sweet story touches on self-identity, belonging, and otherness in an accessible way. Ireland's character development is sophisticated yet approachable, much like Kelly Yang's Front Desk. Readers of all ages will appreciate Emma's journey of self-discovery in this fast-paced fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“With plenty of relatable depth and wide appeal, this is a stellar pick.” —Booklist

“A satisfying story of emotional growth that will leave readers hoping for more magical adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews