Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan

While cleaning out her attic, Kelly and her friends Darbie and Hannah discover a secret recipe book hidden inside an old encyclopedia. The recipes claim to cause side effects in those who eat them (strife, inability to speak, love, etc.). The girls are warned about the Law of Returns and when strange things start happening, they have to work to bring balance to the universe once again.

I read Just Add Magic aloud to my 8 and 10 year old boys. We all enjoyed it very much. The only problem I had with it is the repetition of the word said, usually placed before the words said by the character. This made it awkward to read and got tiresome. Even with that annoyance, I still recommend this book to middle grade kids and parents alike.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 88
Pages Read in 2016: 23,000
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