Published by Random House Graphic
Summary: When Effie is dropped off at her Aunt Selimene’s home in the middle of the night, neither one is happy about it. But Effie has nowhere else to go, and Aunt Selimene is her only living relative. Selimene’s partner Carlota makes Effie feel welcome, and within a few days everyone is feeling better about the situation. Selimene and Carlota claim to be herbalists and acupuncturists, but Effie soon discovers they are actually witches. Before long, her own magical powers emerge, although she has difficulty controlling them. When celebrity singer Tily Shoo shows up needing the witches’ help, her #1 fan Effie gets in on the case as well. It’s Effie who makes a key discovery that will help Tily Shoo reverse the curse that has been placed on her. Things wrap up with a happy ending, but there’s a preview of book 2 at the end, and the author’s biography says she’s working on a trilogy. 240 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: A fun graphic novel for anyone who likes school and family stories with a touch of magic thrown in. There’s a lot of action and many characters, but the pace is good and the characters are well-distinguished in the illustrations, making it easy to follow what’s going on.
Cons: There’s not much told about Effie’s previous life or what happened to her mother.