The Power of Poppy Pendle
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. —Louisa May Alcott
As we all know from best-selling series, you can’t buy magical powers—you either have them or you don’t. Poppy Pendle’s parents are overjoyed when, as a baby, she creates sweets out of thin air; they want to enroll her right away in the witch academy. It soon develops, though, that Poppy’s passion is for baking, not spells, perhaps due to the fact that she was born in the town patisserie. Lowe’s diverting first novel follows the sympathetic Poppy as she tries to convince her parents not to force her to become a witch and secretly befriends a nonwitch neighbor and the patisserie’s owner. But when her parents remove the oven from their house—well, then they’ve gone too far. Lowe presents Poppy’s turn to the dark side as both understandable and disturbing. But of course friendship and good food win out in the end. Ten recipes of the story’s scrumptious-sounding desserts are included."
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Publishers Weekly says:
"Lowe's energetic first novel is led by ten-year-old Poppy, who was born in the Patisserie Marie Claire Bakery in the town of Potts Bottom. While Poppy has inherited the gift of magic from her highly respected Great-Granny Mabel, she wants nothing to do with it. Baking makes Poppy happy, and after three years at Ruthersfield, a magic school her parents force her to attend, she is fed up....Lowe makes the story's arc (and message) clear early on: the Ruthersfield motto translates to "Follow your passion." Reader's will easily empathize with Poppy and recognize the loneliness and anger that accompany being misunderstood."