A sudden gust of wind brushed the curtains aside, setting the candles on the dresses quivering, and sweeping around the feather into the centre of the star. It swirled to a halt, quill towards Emma. At the same time, the candle representing ‘Fire’ flared up, and the door rattled in its frame.
Emma is delighted when her Dad falls in love and proposes – until she realises that this means that Pip will be her stepsister. Emma and Pip do not see eye to eye about anything, and now they are going to be living together! Things don’t improve after the wedding, with Pip doing everything she can to make Emma’s life difficult. Then, when she drags Emma into her attempts to cast magic spells, something strange happens – it is Emma who can suddenly do magic. Emma has never wanted to be a witch, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to reverse the spell. In the meantime, can she use her powers to change the status quo?
Wyrd traces the challenges of blended families, friendship and bullying, in a story which uses just a touch of fantasy, with Pip’s fascination for magic seemingly unproductive until well into the story. Young readers will enjoy the challenges and moral dilemmas which Emma’s new skills create.
Suitable for middle primary aged readers.
Wyrd, by Cate Whittle
Omnibus Books, 2018