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Bad Spelling by Marva Dasef
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Jun 25, 12

really liked it
Read from June 20 to 22, 2012

By Marva Dasef

What if you’re a Wiccan and are supposed to be able to cast spells, but everything you try somehow ends up as a catastrophe? Can you do something to make your magic work the way it’s supposed to? Or are you doomed to be a failure?

In Author Marva Dasef’s middle grade novel, BAD SPELLING, Katrina’s (Kat’s) father, Boris, died before she was born, yet her aunt Thordis talks to him. When Kat learns that a shaman cast a spell on her father and that spell is what affects Kat’s magic, turning it into a disaster, as well as possibly spreading from Kat to the whole village of Galdorheim and destroying it, she decides to find the shaman and stop him, before it‘s too late. Along with her part vampire half-brother, Rune, she sets off to Siberia, where her father’s family lives, hoping to find the answers. The teens meet a lot of interesting characters along the way, some friendly, some scary. But they let nothing stop them in their quest. Kat is a spunky heroine. Rune has a delightful sense of humor.

I really like the relationship between the siblings. They tease each other, the way brothers and sisters do. Yet they also care for one another and will protect the other when danger threatens. Marva Dasef has written a story of adventure, excitement, and suspense that should appeal to middle grade readers as they follow along with the teens on a journey they’ll not soon forget. BAD SPELLING would make a nice addition to school classrooms and libraries as well as to your personal library. There are two more books available in the series The Witches of Galdorheim: MIDNIGHT OIL and SCOTCH BROOM. Oh, do you wonder what the catchy title, BAD SPELLING, means? Being a former teacher, kids that can’t spell was my first thought. What do you think?


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