July 2015, Broken Gate Publishing, 89 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Content: magic, mayhem, families, humour
Thirteen-year-old Hailey spends far too much time following her older brother, Lachlan, into trouble. When her entire world changes she thinks at first it's something Lachlan has caused. But surely magic is beyond him, even though he's always wanted to be a wizard.
This is an incredibly sweet and funny magical tale. I love it so much because family is at it's heart: Hailey and Lachlan aren't alone as their parents are in the same boat too (although they try and keep some normality). I was intrigued as to how Hailey got dragged into her brother's schemes, which somehow worked out after a whole load of issues including him being turned into a frog (I can't forget the scene where turns human again).
I love how sneaky Lachlan is, it's like he's taken a degree in doing what he wants; and how Hailey is uneasy about his tricks, but she is the one who helps improve their bizarre life while they aren't on Earth. How their parents react to the situation made me laugh – their mother is quite a person to reckon with! The ending was a happy surprise, and goes to show that undergoing huge lifestyle changes are beneficial, that there are ways to live which are simply different. I can't wait to read more by Avril!
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Another hilarious sibling read is The Rabbit Ate My Homework! by Rachel Elizabeth Cole (Children's, 9 years +, 9/10E)