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Spells & Sleeping Bags (Magic in Manhattan #3)

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Rachel and her witchy family are back And now Rachel has found out she has powers of her own, what better place to put them to good use than summer camp? Especially when Raf, the boy of her dreams, is there. OK, so her magic is a bit rough round the edges, but devoted sister Miri is always on hand to help - right? Strangely, Miri seems to have teamed up with Rachel's uber- ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published 2007 by Macmillan
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Celestasaurus
Rachel Weinstein has powers! Finally! And she's growing boobs! Err, a boob. Whatever. She's finally catching up to her younger sister. (How bazzackwards does that sound?)

In this third installment of the Magin in Manhattan series, Rachel and Miri are sent to Camp Wood Lake for the summer. While Rachel is making friends with all the girls that share her bunk, Miri is having trouble fitting in. Rachel is desperately seeking the attention of Raf, but every time they're justabouttokiss something dram
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Chrissy
Sep 14, 2012 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This series is just ADORABLE!

I think I said that with each of the reviews of the other two books, didn't I?

So, starting with the plot. Rachel has discovered that she too is a witch. She FINALLY has her own magical powers, except she's really not so good at it yet. Her spells are a mess and they always backfire -- but at least the ability is there! She knows that she can zap up a new outfit, a love spell, or maybe even a bit of invisibility if the need arises.

Well, now Rachel and her sister Miri
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Sherry Ou Yang
Nov 10, 2012 Sherry Ou Yang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10th-grade
Rachel and her sister, Mir, will be spending their summer at Camp Wood Lake. Everything sails peacefully in the beginning, Rachel makes new friends,gets into a relationship with Raf and is having the best time of her life. That is until little by little, obstacles starts flying her way-literally. Liana, Rachel's cousin, is out to get her. She gets all of Rachel's previous friends to back-stab her, steals her boyfriend and sister away from her Liana also blackmails Rachel, forcing them to switch ...more
Miss_Bartlett
Oct 21, 2007 Miss_Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the third book (but hopefully not the last) in the trilogy. Rachel has finally received her magic and is a full-time witch too!! Rachel's and Miri's parents have sent them to camp for the summer which is great because she'll be around Raf for the whole summer! Once she gets to camp, Rachel makes new friends with her bunk-mates and everything is going great (esp. with Raf!!) Miri, however, isn't so lucky and remains an outcast with the girls in her cabin. However, things start to go wrong
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Amanda
Feb 25, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Jen
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Merlijn
Jun 28, 2016 Merlijn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naar mate ik meer boeken van de serie hebt gelezen hoe leuker ik het vind worden. Ook gebeuren er in dit boek heel veel onverwachte dingen.. ;)
Julia
Sep 05, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yasssssss....

Honestly I thought I was going to hate this book; mostly because i hate fantasy; so a middle grade witch story sounded awful.

And it was; at first.

The more you got in to the story the more unique it became. Yes there were definatley issues with it; but every book has issues right?

I saw the plot twist coming; but that still made me wide eyed. And then more and more pllot twists started coming and the things I was worried about in the beginning were forgotten within the middle of the b
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Teresa Grubbs
Third book in the Bras and Broomsticks series. Rachel is now a witch in her own right, and she and younger sister Miri are headed off to summer camp where Rachel hopes to attract the attention of a certain cute classmate. She does, but she also has major problems with a cousin she never knew she had. This cousin, also a witch, has decided that she likes Rachel's fairly normal teen life better than her own, and she wants to switch bodies with Rachel. Read the book to see what happens.
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I loved that Rachel now has powers. I liked the idea of camp because we got away from Manhattan for a while and new characters were introduced. One such character was Lianna. From early on I suspected that she might be a witch and her water bottle was enchanted. However, I never thought that she would end up being their cousin! I was genuinely scared for Rachel when Lianna started threatening her until she switched places. I loved that they way the family figured it out was th ...more
Lilian weasley
Mar 11, 2008 Lilian weasley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I really want to read this book, but i am only guessing what i can give it. If you really want to my friend is reading it, you can try her.
Gabby
Aug 19, 2007 Gabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
this g=book was "interesting." but it had a good plot...
Rachel Lightwood
Are you thinking this sounds pretty cheesy? That it looks pretty lame? Don't worry, I did too. My younger cousin lent me this book and I took it only to be nice, how can I refuse a ten year old? Consequently, when I settled down to read it last night, I didn't have very high hopes for it.

Well, colour me blue! This was far better than I would have ever imagined. The characters were not only realistic and loveable, but hilarious! I laughed and laughed at their banter, and then laughed some more. I
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Alison Lin
In this book, Miri and Rachel both go to Wood Lake Sleep-away Camp. In the beginning, both Miri and Rachel didn't want to go but then she found out that the boy of her dreams, Raf, is going to that camp as well. She decides to go, even if she has to shower in cold water. In the previous book, Frogs & French Kisses towards the end, Rachel discovers her new powers. In this book, she struggles to have control over her newly broken in powers. Rachel and Miri find out that they have a long lost c ...more
Shira Planer
Mar 02, 2011 Shira Planer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was about rachel, who just became a witch, going to summer camp with her sister. there many emmberresing and enoying stuff happened to her and she didn't know why. apperantly, it was another witch who came there, who is her couzin she didn't even know she had. her cousin, liana, was very nice to rachel's sister - miri - but when miri didn't see she was very mean to rachel. then she made a spell that made miri bielive in her and want to leave her own family. miri did, and rachel was sho ...more
Queena
Mar 22, 2012 Queena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is an okay book. This book is about a teenage witch named Rachel and she finally got her powers. It's summer and Rachel is really excited to be going to camp. She meets a new friend. Her name is Alison but it so happens that during camp Alison was caught smoking and was sent home. This kind of ruined Rachel's summer. Her sister is turning really werid and also because her little sister is not making any new friends. Her magic powers still need training and is not in full c ...more
Amy Wang1
Oct 27, 2012 Amy Wang1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hidden Secrets of a Witch Family: A book review on Spells and Sleeping Bags

Title of book: Spells and Sleeping Bags
Random House Digital Inc., 2008, 320 pages,$8.99
ISBN #: 0385733887, 9780385733885
By: Sarah Mlynowski

What comes to mind when you hear the words “magic” and “witches”? In Spells and Sleeping Bags, Rachel Weinstein, a sophomore in high school, finds out that she finally receives her witch powers. Confused? Wait, let me clarify. Rachel, Miri, her younger sister, and her mom are
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April
Aug 11, 2007 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Junior High/High School
This is the third book (but hopefully not the last) in the trilogy. Rachel has finally received her magic and is a full-time witch too!! Rachel's and Miri's parents have sent them to camp for the summer which is great because she'll be around Raf for the whole summer! Once she gets to camp, Rachel makes new friends with her bunk-mates and everything is going great (esp. with Raf!!) Miri, however, isn't so lucky and remains an outcast with the girls in her cabin. However, things start to go wrong ...more
Nian
Nov 26, 2007 Nian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls who dream about having witchy powers
Shelves: 2007
After having been whining about her non-existent powers ever since her little sister Miri got them, Rachel finally discovers that there's magic inside her too. Although, at the moment, her spells aren't exactly that effective, and she has a tiny bit of trouble trying to control her emotions. But none of that really matters, because she's still a witch!

Rachel and her sister are going to camp this year, where the love of her life Raf, is also at. It's the perfect oppurtunity for them to finally r
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Melissa He
Jun 14, 2010 Melissa He rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time, Rachael is going to camp, along with her sister, Miri. At first, as she gets onto the bus to the camp, along the way, her sister gets carsickness and barfs all over her shirt. So they get off and go to a nearby bathroom to clean themselves up. As Rachael tries to wash her shirt, she has an idea to use magic in order to clean it. However, her somewhat successful attempt causes the shirts and pants' style to be changed to different colors. When they head back to the bus, it's labeled as ...more
Azuree
Mar 09, 2016 Azuree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute witch series about two sisters from Manhattan - in this book the girls go to summer camp & romance and hijinks ensue. The ending was a little predictable, but it was still an entertaining read - great for the beach or relaxing by the pool. It's nice that the series is done in a fun fashion and isn't filled with too much angst. Can't wait to read the 4th title, Parties & Potions.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Rachel has finally gotten her witch powers, but now she is being shipped off to camp, where she can't even practice. But do mom's rules stop her? Of course not!

Rachel gets to camp and has lots of issues. There are mosquitoes everywhere and her new step-mom keeps sending embarrassing personal care products. And the new girl in her bunk is a little weird -- maybe something weird like Rachel???

What will she do and how will she handle Raff, the guy she
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Amalie
Dec 01, 2014 Amalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh god... Number 3 was absolutely the best book like I remembered!! I was half the time yelling out loud "Nooooooo" because I felt so sorry for Rachel. And also, where can I get a "Raf"? Nearly too cute to be true, lucky girl! I love love love this book and even though this was the third book of the serie, this is one of my favorite books OF ALL!!
Hetali
Sep 18, 2015 Hetali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it was a cute book. I liked the story & it was well written. Although the Raf & Racheal scenes were sometimes cheesy but loved them!
Although a bit disappointed how there are only a few pages left & they add a new twist which again is ended very abruptly.
A nice & light read.
Lisa
Jul 28, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the series; I liked this book, but not as much as the first two. Without spoiling the story, I didn't particularly enjoy the main plot and it's resolution, though I did enjoy the smaller side stories and details of Rachel's life. I will continue reading the series and hope that it perks back up again.
Srikari Downey Jr.
3.5 Stars

Cute. I really needed such a book.
it was refreshing fast and also fun.......

Even though it wasnt mystery and stuff it was still gripping and exciting.................!!!!!
Katie K
Mar 02, 2014 Katie K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4.56 stars. I loved this book , I read the first book but skipped the second. This is a quick, easy read. Especially fun for those who love camp, but if not it's still a great book!
Cortney Maasjo
Dec 25, 2014 Cortney Maasjo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel and Miri go to camp for the summer and Rachel is excited because Raf will be there too! But as the summer enfolds things dont go as planned and someone is making Rachel's life especially difficult.
Maria
Aug 29, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quick-read, ebook, 2015
much better than the previous two to be honest. or maybe it's just that i've read the previous two books 10+ times in my childhood. rachel finally doesn't SEEM to be annoying.
Natalie Venhardt
These books were my childhood, I've read them all more than once and I loved these books so much! They were just amazing to me back when I was 11 and 12!
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Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and
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