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A middle grade Latine witch story with action-packed
adventure, a coven of quirky Witchlings, humour and girl-power vibes.

Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who
participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and
come into their powers as full-fledged witches.

And twelve-year-old Seven Salazar can't wait to be placed in the
most powerful coven with her best friend! But on the night of
the ceremony, in front of the entire town, Seven isn't placed in
one of the five covens. She's a Spare!

Spare covens have fewer witches, are less powerful, and are looked
down on by everyone. Even worse, when Seven and the other two
Spares perform the magic circle to seal their coven and cement
themselves as sisters, it doesn't work! They're stuck as Witchlings
- and will never be able to perform powerful magic.

Seven invokes her only option: the impossible task. The three
Spares will be assigned an impossible task: If they work together
and succeed at it, their coven will be sealed and they'll gain their
full powers. If they fail... Well, the last coven to make the
attempt ended up being turned into toads. Forever.

But maybe friendship can be the most powerful magic of all...

Perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, Nevermoor
and Rainbow Grey

The second novel from rising star Claribel A. Ortega

A just-right mix of spooky adventure and cosy friendships - this
is set to be your new favourite
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 149 x 214 x 29mm | 430g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1338745522
  • 9781338745528
  • 14,844

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Praise for Witchlings:

An instant New York Times Bestseller!

A #1 Indie Bestseller!

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

"Enchanting. Ortega's inventive story has a cozy, lived-in feel and a mystery that will keep kids guessing." --Entertainment Weekly

Magic, friendship, and humor--an enchanting read. --Kwame Mbalia, New York Times bestselling author of the Tristan Strong series

Inventive. Magical. Enchanting. An absolutely charming tale with its heart rooted in the friendships we make and keep. --J.C. Cervantes, bestselling author of The Storm Runner series

"A gorgeous tale of determination and magic." --Booklist

"Energetic and intelligent; invites readers to question their assumptions and the status quo." --Kirkus Reviews

"Centering three resourceful, sympathetic protagonists and considering issues of exploitation and privilege, Witchlings interweaves Spanish phrases, contemporary elements, and well-grounded magical worldbuilding."--Publishers Weekly

"A magic-filled quest of friendship and power." --School Library Journal

Praise for Claribel A. Ortega's Ghost Squad:

One of NPR's Best Books of 2020

A Good Morning America Summer Reading Squad pick

Ghost Squad is a charming adventure full of girl power and heart. --Zoraida Córdova, author of The Way to Rio Luna and the Brooklyn Brujas series

Ghost Squad manages to be both creepy and heartwarming. Highly recommended for kids looking for a spooky read, a whole lot of feelings, and a story they'll not soon forget. --Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift and The Insiders

* A peppering of pop culture references add humor, but it's the personal touches, such as Lucely's opinionated, ever-present ancestors; her dedication to those she loves; and an emphasis on Latinx food, love, and folklore, that gives this debut its distinctive spirit. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

It's the Ghostbusters meets Jane the Virgin mashup we didn't know we needed. --Book Riot
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About Claribel A. Ortega

Claribel A. Ortega, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Squad and Witchlings, is a former reporter who writes middle grade and young adult fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she's not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic, and video games into books, she's cohosting her podcasts Write or Die and Bad Author Book Club and helping authors navigate publishing with her consulting business, GIFGRRL. Claribel has been featured on BuzzFeed, NPR, Good Morning America, and Deadline.

You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @Claribel_Ortega and on her website at claribelortega.com.
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855 ratings
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5 44% (377)
4 42% (357)
3 11% (94)
2 2% (19)
1 1% (8)
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