So excited to be kicking off this tour for Dianna Sanchez’s new release! A Witch’s Kitchen is a middle grade novel published by Dreaming Robot Press that’s perfect for young teens. Read on to learn more about the book, see my thoughts, and enter a really amazing giveaway!
Millie’s a witch, so why can’t she do magic? Despite her mother’s best efforts to teach her, every spell Millie tries goes horribly wrong, but she’s a fabulous cook. When Millie conjures chocolate sauce instead of a transformation potion, her mother gives up and sends her to the Enchanted Forest School, where she’s bullied by goblins, snubbed by an elf, and has her hat stolen. Even as Millie’s magical talent begins to develop, turning her house ghost into a frog and accidentally charming her entire class, Millie starts to wonder: what if she’s not a witch at all? To find out, she and her new friends embark on a dangerous quest to find Millie’s father in the Logical Realm, in contemporary Salem, MA. Deep in a fantasy realm adjacent to our own, the Enchanted Forest School is located in the branches of an enormous oak tree and has a dragon for a headmistress. Millie’s initial delight in attending school rapidly fades as she struggles in the unfamiliar social environment, encountering fellow students of magical races, making new friends, and discovering that her mother’s style of magic isn’t the only one available.
There will always be a special place in my heart for middle grade fiction, and so I found myself truly excited to dive into this book. From the beginning, I found myself engrossed in Millie’s plight. Why do her magic efforts always fall short? This story was a wonderful read that I cannot recommend enough for young teens, girls especially but I certainly see the draw for young boys, as well. It has a delightful cast of characters from Millie and her mother, to her headmistress and her new friends and everyone in between. This is a book I can picture myself one day reading with my future children, because it reminds me so much of the books that my mother and I once loved to share when I was young. If you’re looking for a great read for your child or are just an adult that’s not afraid to admit you still love middle grade fiction(like me!) I encourage you to purchase a copy. You will not be disappointed!
Dreaming Robot Press has put together an amazing giveaway to celebrate the release of both this book and The Demon Girl’s Song. Check it out here!