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A Summer Spell (Magic Kitten #1)

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Lisa isn’t excited to spend the summer in the country with her aunt, but just when she thought her summer was going to be lonely and boring, she finds a tiny orange kitten in her aunt’s barn. Suddenly her summer looks much brighter!
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 2006)
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Jan 18, 2011 Mionrawrs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanna read it!!!!
Dec 28, 2015 Bookphilia rated it really liked it
If you didn't think The Lion King could get any weirder, you are wrong. Take talking animal kingdom and replace Simba with Simba 2.0 or Prince Flame, and you have yourself a magical lion on the run from his uncle. It basically is the classic tale you remember, but with a lot more serious topics.

1. Racism against Romany gypsies. We learn halfway through the story that certain white men of privilege, in the village, are pointing fingers and blaming the Romany men for poaching deer. Did no one thin
Feb 25, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. my review (Mom's), and 2. my daughter's review of this book.

DAUGHTER SAYS: Once upon a time there was a kitten..."meow"; except it wasn't really a kitten, it was a magic lion named Prince Flame. There was an evil lion named Ebony who was his uncle who wanted to kill him because he wanted to be the ruler of the kingdom. So, Flame goes into the human world to hide from his uncle and he meets a girl named Lisa. Lisa is spending the summer at her Aunt Rose's hou
May 30, 2014 Jaime rated it it was amazing
My 5 year old daughter and me read this together and she so fell in love! This is her new favorite book and she can't wait to read the next one! It's magical, funny, and sincere all at the same time!
Jul 03, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-grade
My only criticism of this book is that the cover doesn't accurately reflect the content. The cover, with its giant-eyed kitty on a background of sparkly stars, looks like it's going to be a Rainbow Magic-like read for 2nd and 3rd graders looking for something gentle and sweet. But the story is darker and the issues more complex than that. Flame, an orange kitten, is really a lion prince in disguise, on the run from an uncle who wants to kill him and usurp the throne. 10-year-old Lisa, visiting h ...more
Alicia Scully
May 19, 2016 Alicia Scully rated it liked it
This is another book in my quest to explore different juvenile series. This series is extremely popular and I can definitely see why. This book presents that there is such a thing as a magic kitten who's really part of a grandiose royal conspiracy plot. Add to it the fact that the kitten saves the girl from a boring summer in the country and you get instant excitement. I had a difficult time liking the girl--I found her rude and manipulative in a way where her age could not excuse such behavior. ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
When her parents dump her with her aunt Rose in the countryside, Lisa is sure her summer is going to be awful. The television only gets four channels! Luckily, she soon meets Flame, a magical lion prince masquerading as a kitten to avoid being killed by his uncle. Flame uses his magic to help Lisa complete her chores, befriend a local boy, and evade the murderous poachers hunting in the nearby woods. The combination of excessively adorable and startlingly violent is a curious choice for this, or ...more
Mar 29, 2015 WonderWoman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like fantasy and kittens.
Recommended to WonderWoman by: My younger sister.
My sister (she is 7 but at the time was 6) read it and thought that it was the best thing in the world and my parents and I had been trying to get her to read for months. I thought, "If this made her want to read then I had better read it so be can get more books that she will read. For a while she only read fantasy because that was the only genre that she liked. Now she is reading non-fiction as well but only about kittens.
Sep 22, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
Obviously I was much, much younger when I read these books...

If you've got a younger brother or sister, or a child, I'd highly recommend these books for children up to about age 11. The storylines were imaginative and fun, while the words weren't too difficult to process. Kids with love the adventures of this little kitten (who's actually a lion prince hiding from his uncle).
Jul 23, 2014 Liz rated it did not like it
From an adult perspective, this book was terrible. It was painful getting through all 127 pages. Painful. About a magic kitten who befriends a girl. But nothing exciting happened and the magic part didn't really come into play. This series could be appealing to some kids, I guess. But I will definitely not be stocking my bookshelves with any more of these. So glad it's over.
Jun 19, 2015 Mo rated it liked it
This is the 1st book club book I am reading with my 7 year old. I wished there was more vocabulary words other than "poached", but at least there was 1. I really didn't want to read this book, but I couldn't say no to my child when she picked it out. I'm glad she did. I look forward to talking about it with her.
Oct 07, 2012 Sita rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, children
Simply a cute read. I got this for my little daughter and ended up reading it myself as I'm particularly fond of cats and of course kittens. She loves it too. So I think any young reader who love cats, a bit of magic and some adventure would like this one as well.
Apr 17, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faiths
This book is so great I read it over and over that's how good the book is I love the book magic kitten
Mar 22, 2013 Maya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children aged 9
I love animals so this was an amazing story!
Cassadra Fauble
Jan 05, 2014 Cassadra Fauble rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Abigail my best friend
Recommended to Cassadra by: Dakota
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Apr 10, 2011 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story.
Paula Leah
Oct 13, 2016 Paula Leah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tweens and people who loves cat
Shelves: tweens
Magic kitten: A summer spell
I think this is an enjoyable for pre-teens readers; although I am a young adult now but I think I still love the book since I have started it for a long time. However I think this my first book from the Magic Kitten; I love the cover.

The cover is a Marmalade colour kitten which I love the design plus speaking of the story. The story is maybe quick and fast however I think this is made for tween readers rather than young adults? I know I am a young adult but I still wa
Joanne Palin
I think my students will devour this series, but I was not a fan. I liked the storyline of the lion prince escaping evil forces, but when he started using the magic to wash dishes and turn Lisa into a cat, the author lost my interest.
Jan 11, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2015
A really popular kids series, especially with those little girls who love cats. It wasn't quite as bad as I imagined, but not that great either. I don't quite see the "magic" of the series.
Nov 17, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Another one of my niece's books that she wanted to share with me. Good book. Like the magic and touch of mystery in the book. Know I will read more as my niece has more on this series.
Jul 07, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Grades 2-4. I definitely liked this better than the first Magic Puppy book. I didn't understand why Sue Bentley didn't explain better where things were happening until I read the author bio at the end and discovered she lives in England. Penguin Group could help their young readers out by adding that in to the story when it says things like "Long Brackby may not compare to America." Overall it was a pretty cute story, and I'm sure young girls will want to continue to follow the story of this mag ...more
Kristine Hansen
Cute and full of adventure, this story is perfect (purrfect?) for the cat lover who is just graduating over to chapter books. Nothing is too complicated to read, and there's just enough action to keep the pages turning and interest high. I loved the kitten Flame, and the change in Lisa as she learns about life in the country. My only disappointment is that the kitten moves on to someone else. John and the gypsies make for interesting side characters that I wish I could see more of. Overall this ...more
The bit about how Flame can be a lion like cat one minute and then a kitten the next is a bit odd, but Natalie enjoyed the relationship between Flame and the girl. She cried at the end when he left!
Chelsea M
Apr 25, 2016 Chelsea M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p-book-log
Very cute. My daughter and I always enjoy the magic animal series.
Jan 06, 2015 Pratyusha rated it it was ok
5 cute stars

I loved the book when I was a kid
Jun 19, 2016 Karin rated it it was amazing
it was magical, interesting and fantastic.
Apr 30, 2015 Devi rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet story. Cute short read.
Feb 06, 2015 MacKenzie rated it it was amazing
It was a really good book, but has a sad ending.
D.M. Dutcher
Lisa is a young girl who has to stay with a relative when her parents go overseas. At the same time Flame is a magical white lion who must flee his home and hide in the real world as a small orange kitten. The two meet, and become friends.

It's written well for the age group, and come on, it stars a magic kitten. It's more about Lisa finding friends and enjoying her life with her artistic aunt though, as Flame is there to be fuzzy and solve problems with his magic. But this will be catnip for a p
Aug 31, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
For grades 3-4.
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