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Tuesday 31 October 2023

Junior Review: Lily Halfmoon: The Magic Gems

Lily Halfmoon is a normal girl like everyone else, until her birthday cake explodes on her 9th birthday, and her pencils start levitating in art class. Something isn’t right, but Lily doesn’t know what it is until two girls from school (Gigi and Mai) tell Lily she’s a witch and has magical powers.

Lily has to go to a school for witches and wizards with Lily and Mai, where their teacher sets them a special assignment — find out who’s eating his precious flowers.

Each witch has a magical crystal that stores their witch powers. They also have a special animal sidekick who helps them along the way. Lily has to discover all of this, plus build new friendships, plus solve the mystery her teacher has set.

There are lots of twists in this book and it ends on a cliffhanger, which made me want to read more.

I like how the book explains how everything works. There’s a page about the crystals and what they all mean and do. And there are pages that tell you how to do spells. I also like the special pets everyone gets. They’re cute and really fun.

This is a graphic novel so there are lots and lots of illustrations. They’re detailed, colourful and mystical.

Kids who like magic, mystery and like to get hooked on a book are going to love this story. It's a perfect book for Halloween time, and I’m looking forward to book 2.

Title: Lily Halfmoon: The Magic Gems
Author/Illustrator: Xavier Bonet
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $16.99
Publication Date:  29 August 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781761180354
For ages: 7 - 11
Type: Junior Fiction, Graphic Novel