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The Power of Poppy Pendle (The Power of Poppy Pendle)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  601 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Poppy has magical powers, but she would rather be a baker. Can she find a way to follow her own path? This charming novel includes more than a dozen delectable recipes!

Ten-year-old Poppy, born to ordinary parents, has inherited coveted witch power. In Poppy’s world, witches work for good and are much valued, but Poppy does not want to be a witch—she wants to be a baker, an
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published September 2012)
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Such a cute middle-grade read! The story sets morals to which young readers can easily relate. Overall 3/5 stars; I'm excited to read the next book!
2 stars story
4 stars writing style

I really liked the premise of the story. Poppy is an extremely gifted witch--but she's also a talented baker. She hates magic but loves baking. But her parents push her in magic and discourage the baking. Poppy wilts, then becomes resentful, then angry, because she can't do what she loves. (The parallels to parents who push their children into fields of study or professions that are not aligned with the children's interests are clear.)

The message of following
Apr 22, 2014 Qt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, bookclub
I quite liked the style and readability of this one. There were a few plot threads that seemed unresolved to me, and I don't know if I was completely satisfied by the ending. But I found it fun and easy to read, and I liked the recipes included in the back!
Rebecca McNutt
This book was really strange, in a good way. The main character is a girl with magical powers who doesn't particularly like her newfound talents until they become useful.
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 20, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poppy has strong magical powers, but she doesn't want to be a witch. Even though her parents are intensely excited and have enrolled her in the best magic school, sparing no expense. And Poppy is at the top of her class.

What Poppy wants to do is bake. Poppy was born in a bakery, and it just seems to be in her blood. She couldn't care less about magic--she wants to sift and knead and make scrumptious desserts.

Her parents will have none of that, though, and do everything in their power to stop it
Jul 16, 2016 R.A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Poppy is special, she has magical powers! But she doesn't want to go to magic school, she wants to cook. Can she figure out a way to do both?
I really liked this one. It is a middle grade fantasy and has a lot of cuteness and fun with a good message sprinkled on top.
Shanshad Whelan
This is a decent witch/wizarding school style story. Poppy is born with an amazing gift for magic and her parents are delighted and proud. But Poppy isn't interested in magic, she wants to bake, much to her parents' dismay. Poppy likes to make her parents happy, but their overbearing attention and the importance they place on magic makes her despair. And when her parents' forbid her to have anything to do with baking . . . it may just tip the scales and send Poppy over to the dark side.

While I l
Jan 23, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Poppy Pendle's surprise birth in the Marie Claire bakery was portentous, for as a baby she could blow bubbles of sweets, and by the time she was 7, her favorite activity was baking. Her parents were shocked. Poppy was descended from a long line of well-respected witches, and they knew Poppy had magical talent. Why would she waste her time baking when she could be practicing her magic? To force her to learn more magic, they enrolled her in a prestigious magic academy, but Poppy was ...more
LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
I had so much fun reading this book with my seven year old daughter. The Power of Poppy Pendle is not only a delightful read, but it's filled with magic, adventures and a growing character and so much more. My daughter and I took turns on reading each chapter before bed. This book had her wanting to bake more and more. Definitely a great read for those little girls that absolutely loves baking in the kitchen with mom or their Easy Bake Oven.

I not only loved how much my daughter enjoyed the book
Entertaining, fun. I was excited at the beginning when it looked like a book about a child from a happy home. (I'm tired of reading about child-parent discontent.) But that's not the direction it went.

My only concern about this book for our readers is that it emphasizes running away and not addressing your problems. In essence that is how the problem was solved. Unhappiness can't be dealt with that way.
Peggy Sinden
Oct 23, 2014 Peggy Sinden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very pleasant and delightful read. This little girl was destined to be something she did not want to do and through determination and desire successfully overcame many obsticles until she was able to succeed the choices she made toward becoming the baker she wanted to be. Many thanks to Amy who recommended this book to me.
Amy Campbell
Sep 08, 2014 Amy Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This was one of the sweetest and most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It is about a little girl who is born a witch but all she wants to do is bake. If you are in need a good happy shorter read I highly recommend this story.
Kelly Ng
Apr 24, 2015 Kelly Ng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is so awesome because it has witches and baking! I can't really explain it because it has spoilers so that is what I have to say now.
Jan 30, 2015 Anupam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the book to my kids at night. Great book to show kids they need to follow their dreams and passions.
Caitlyn Scott
Sep 30, 2014 Caitlyn Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG,this book is so amazing! I love books about witches. Im almost done with it and hope it ends out ok with Poppy!
Jan 26, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My granddaughter, Ellie, wanted me to read this book; one of her favorites and I'm glad I did. Cute story, with realistic family problems, of a little girl who wants to differ from her family's plan for her life.
Poppy is born in a bakery and seems determined to become a baker in her own right. She also was born with magic powers and her parents want her to become a 'witch' and to use her magic for good. Poppy is torn between wanting to please her parents and following her heart. There are a coup
Dec 14, 2016 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We threw in the towel on this one. It just really got darker and darker...she was running away, her parents were supposed to be the bad guys for, essentially, making her go to school. It just wasn't the message I wanted to send to my 7 year old daughter...maybe another time, but not for now.
Emily P.
Oct 16, 2016 Emily P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it just makes me so happy to read it!!!!!!
Kimberly Souza
Sep 18, 2012 Kimberly Souza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The power of Poppy Pendle” by, Natasha Lowe

Poppy Pendle is a very special nine year old girl. Born on the floor of a bakery, Poppy grows up loving to bake and she is very good at it. Poppy is also born with the gift of magic and this fact makes her parents very proud. In no time at all Poppy’s parents have enrolled her in the Ruthersfield Academy for witchcraft. Everything seems to be falling into place for Poppy. There’s just one problem, she hates magic and she doesn’t want to be a witch. Al
Bethany Ainsworth
In a way, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.

Also, I'm really glad that this book has recipes in the back. I would love to buy a copy just to try to the recipes.

Okay, moving on.

I think Poppy got off fucking easy. Way to fucking easy, which kind of pissed me off. Really? Why did she have to get off easy, other than being told she can't practice magic, get expelled from magic school, and had her broom confiscated? Yet, she goes on Scott-free, gets a new home, opens up a bakery,
Jayce Senter
Mar 28, 2014 Jayce Senter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book at our Scholastic book fair. It was not advertized, but just stuck on a shelf seemingly randomly. After reading the back, I fell in love! It's so precious. I wouldn't let myself read it until I had finished several that were sitting on my nightstand waiting to be finished.

It was worth the wait.

AR level: 5.3
Grade appropriate: 3rd grade and up

Overall: 5/5-- So sweet and fun. It did get a little depressing in about the 3rd chapter because h
Jul 07, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A warning that the following contains details that some may consider of the quasi-spoiler variety.

It’s never a good thing when, about halfway through a children’s book, I wonder if the author researched the psychology of serial killers in constructing her protagonist. Ignoring the magic angle, Poppy Pendle is a serial killer. No, she’s not literally killing anyone, but given what she knows, she is (I’m omitting a longer explanation on state of mind in criminal law). And, OK, children’s literatur
Kate Pua
Oct 18, 2014 Kate Pua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the way the author writes. I favour this sort of writing style. More readable and enjoyable. More adventurous and the best way to tell a fantasy story and other related genres. the plot wasn't bad too. in fact, the main reason why i got the book in the first place is that it kinda had a touch of Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle and some touch of Hayao Miyazaki's "Kiki's Delivery Service". And found them to be quite a good blend. I mean, I got that impression when I read the plot be ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the importance of following your dreams. Poppy Pendle had been born with the gift of magic. She didn't care -- she wanted to be a baker from the moment she was born (if not before, when you think about the story). Her parents, however, were thrilled and obsessed with her magical gifts and not at all interested in anything at all that distracted her from being the best witch ever. That included cooking and all things related to cooking and it included her non-magical friend ...more
LOWE, Natasha. Power of Poppy Pendle. 268p. Simon & Schuster. September 2012. ISBN: 9781442451841. $15.99. F.

Gr 5-7
To her parents great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn’t possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As Poppy grows though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic and her parents couldn’t be more pleased. They purchase her a state of the art wand and broom and start her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is
Jul 31, 2014 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Poppy Pendle is set in a world like ours- except some people happen to be given the gift of magic, and the whole world knows, and is okay with that. In Lowe's world, being a witch is okay, and magic IS a gift - or a metaphor for Gifted and Talented programs and private schools - one can never be too sure.

Poppy was born magic, and her parents are thrilled - her upwardly mobile mother cannot wait to enroll her in Ruthersfield, the school for gifted witches in town. Poppy, however, wants nothing t
Absolutely delightful. I debated between a four-star rating and a five-star rating. Four and a half would probably be the best, but since Goodreads does not offer a half star option, I decided to go with four, because even though I "really liked it," I am not quite sure that it is "amazing." Pretty close though.

Poppy Pendle was born in a bakery -- literally and much to the embarrassment of her parents, especially her mother. Poppy Pendle was also born a witch -- an extremely gifted witch -- much
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Oct 20, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely adorable from start to finish!

Poppy is born in a bakery. She is born with magic and she is born to be a baker. Unfortunately her parents don't want her to bake. They go to ridiculous proportions to take that away from her.

There's an underlying message here. And it doesn't hit you over the head. Its subtle. And its amazing.

I love the friendships that Poppy makes. Marie and Charlie literally save her soul. Good friends do that. They never give up on you. Even when it seem like they sho
Crys (The Hodgenator)
I fell in love with Poppy the moment I started reading the novel. She was so endearing - and fastly became one of my favorite children's witch novels.

Poppy has her life planned out - she is going to open her own bakery. Baking is her life, her heart, her soul. While she was born with the extraordinary of witchcraft, it is not where her heart lies. But she is so good at it. Without truly trying she still succeeds at all she does at Ruthersfield Academy, except make friends. The other witches reje
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Natasha Lowe is the author of "The Power of Poppy Pendle" and companion book "The Courage of Cat Campbell" (late 2014) -both published by Simon & Schuster.

Natasha Lowe knew as a child that she wanted to be either a writer, an adventurer, or a fancy tea-shop owner. So she did a little bit of everything, traveling
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