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Mallory Estate is the last place twelve-year-old Piper Peavey wants to spend her summer vacation. The grounds are always cold, the garden out back is dead, a mysterious group of children call the property home, and there’s a rumor that Melena M. Mallory—the owner of the estate and Piper’s wealthy grandmother—is a witch.

But when Piper’s father falls ill, Mallory Estate is e
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jodi Meadows
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just delightful.
Juli
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Girl and the Witch's Garden is a magical but dramatic middle grade children's story. Piper Peavey is sent to spend the summer with her grandmother. Piper has a lot to deal with -- her father is dying, her mother abandoned her, her grandmother is eccentric....the estate is filled with foster kids who claim magical abilities. It's a weird situation. Piper is an awesome main character. She isn't perfect....but she seems real. She lies and manipulates others when necessary, but also shows great ...more
Beth Cato
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

The Girl and the Witch's Garden is about magic, but at heart, it's also about people being people, beautiful and ugly as they can be. That honesty provides a solid emotional core to this middle grade book.

Piper is a kid in a tough spot. Her mom abandoned the family years ago, and her dad is her whole world, but now he's dying. Cancer. As his health fails, she's sent to live on the estate of her eccentric grandmother--which is where her estranged mom
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Karina
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.8

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The Girl and The Witch's Garden follows the story of a twelve-years-old Piper Peavey, who has to spend her summer vacation in her mother and grandma's house, the Mallory Estate. She doesn't want to leave her father alone in the hospital, but she has no other choices but to live in the estate whose garden is dead and never taken care of (rumor says it's owned by a witch). Besides, it's been seven years since her mother abandoned her and her father; seven years since Pipe
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Ms. Yingling
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



Piper's parents divorced when she was very young, and she hasn't seen her mother since, since her mother's research was more pressing than her daughter. Now that Piper's father has lung cancer and the aunt who has been living with the two has to travel for work, Piper is being sent to spend the summer at her grandmother's estate, where her mother has been living and working. Piper's grandmother, Mrs. Mallory, has always been kind and supportive, visiting frequentl
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Tonja Drecker
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a mix, which somewhat reminds of The Secret Garden and Miss Pergine's Home for Peculiar Children, this is an adventure packed with magic and friendship.

Piper hasn't seen her mother since the divorce, despite the fact that her mom still lives with her grandmother on the mysterious Mallory Estate. All of this is fairly fine, until Piper's father falls ill with cancer, and she moves in with her grandmother while he undergoes treatments. She's met with a shocking surprise, not only does her mothe
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Jenn of The Bookish Society
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little bit Matilda, a little bit Secret Garden, I'm a fan of magical kids finding and using their powers! I like that this book gives some doubt that things will turn out okay. Kids know that in real life, everything doesn't always work out for the best, and reading about other kids who have a bit of turmoil is a good thing. Piper and her friend Teddy say the funniest things to each other, and again I'm all in for magic saving the day.
Alyson Kent
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC. I love Erin Bowman’s YA works, and her middle grade work does not disappoint.
Carina Olsen
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-i-want
I knew I had to read this one the moment that it was announced. Because I already love this author and her books. And because this book sounded so very amazing and adorable. And the cover is beautiful. Finally had the chance to read it, and I am so happy to say that I very much adored it. Four stars, was almost perfect.

But for the most part this book was very good and I really liked reading about all the characters. The writing was stunning and I had no issues connecting with this story. The mag
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Lauren Tabor
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was such a cute book! The cover of this was really what grabbed my attention, it looks so precious and magical. And that's exactly what it was!
It was really fast-paced and kept me wanting to know more throughout the entire book. It was so fun to see the kids and what their magical affinity was and how each of them uses it.
Piper and Teddy's friendship was my favorite thing about this and I wish we got more from the two of them. Their honesty with each other and their teamwork and witty ban
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ThatBookGal
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful little book, full of magic, new friendships and a little bit of peril. There are some big subjects tackled throughout the pages, in particular parental relationships and how hard it can be if one parent is absent from your life.

I felt as though the story sampled some of my favourite childhood stories, and amalgamated them into something completely new. The magical elements were wonderful, and just like Bowman, I was obsessed with the idea of secret portals and passageways, whic
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Mindy
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little bit Secret Garden, a little bit Miss Pergine's Home for Peculiar Children, this is a story packed with magic and friendship.

Piper and Teddy's friendship was one of my favorite things about this and I wish we got more from the two of them. Their honesty with each other and their teamwork and witty banter was really adorable.

I loved how the story presented itself as a fairy tale with some hard truths rolled into it. There are definitely some darker parts to the story and mysteries to sol
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Kim
Apr 12, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: middle-reader
I gave it a good go because this had all of the earmarks of a book I would love. Ultimately, I just couldn't get into it. YMMV!
Elisabeth Jewell
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a charming delight.
Victoria Bannon
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you miss Harry Potter, but don’t miss the dumpster fire who wrote it, this book is for you.
Laura
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-mt-bookpile
What a great concept: an old estate, decaying garden, orphans and magic. Piper is the only child that actually belongs at Mallory Estate as her grandmother owns it and it's where her mother went when she left Piper and her father years ago. So when she's sent there because her father's cancer has advanced and her aunt is travelling it's no wonder she's apprehensive. The three other children there distrust her and fear she'll disrupt their plans to be adopted; Piper is confused when they tell her ...more
Anna
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to School Library Journal for the ARC.
Loved this one. Pure fantasy, lovable characters and not bogged down by social commentary. Best book this year. Highly recommend.
Kenzie
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
SO. I'm going to be perfectly blunt here and say that this particular novel was . . . not exactly what I expected when I requested the arc for it. I'm sure this is yet another prime example of judging a book by its cover, but looking at the adorable illustration pictured above, I was expecting something soft and whimsical and--dare I say it--childish between the pages. That's what I love most about Middle Grade, after all. Of course it has deep themes and hard truths of life and all that "fun st ...more
Daphne
I'd rate more as 3.75 stars.
I received an ARC through a giveaway by the author.

I've read two of the author's previous books, Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails, but this is her first middle grade book, which is a genre I haven't read in a long while. The Girl and the Witch's Garden is set in current day, but has magic in it- people with magical abilities are called "magi" and those without are called "hollows." (A bit "elitist" as said by the main character, Piper, which made me laugh when s
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Michelle
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely delightful.
When her father becomes too ill to care for her, 12 year old Piper is sent to live with the mother who left her when she was only four. Hurt to find her absent mother has been fostering children, Piper is even more shocked when the children begin speaking of spells and magical gardens. Highly skeptical, Piper is convinced the children are playing a joke on her. But after meeting her mother for the first time in years, she learns her mother not only comes for a
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Kylie
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars
This book was really good. I was immediately drawn in by the cover because it looks like a Studio Ghibli movie and they are some of my favorites.
The story was magical, I loved the fact that there are people with affinities (time bending, molding inanimate objects etc). The mystery of being able to see the garden alive and thriving through Julius' eyepiece, but seeing it as dead in real life kept me so interested. The quest to get the elixir of immortality kept me interested. Literally
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Nannette Demmler
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
ARC provided by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Children via NetGalley for an honest review.

What a wonderful story about love, family and friendship with a magical mystery thrown in. It was a thoroughly delightful read with an amazing main character that is strong and resilient in the face of true heartbreak.

Piper is a young girl that many children will be able to relate to. She has been raised by her dad, her mom left when she was quite young, and they have a beautiful and loving relationshi
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Heather Wade
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this middle-grade story of magic we follow Piper Peavey as she is sent to live with the mother who abandoned her and her father when she was a child. Once Piper arrives at Mallory Estate, the seemingly run-down grounds of the estate are where Piper finds her true self. With the help of some new friends, Piper learns to cope with loss and that is okay to not always forgive adults, even your own family.

This book teaches us that as children, it is okay to not always forgive when they have wrong
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Ashley Dang
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magical hidden elixer and a new home for the summer with the mom that abandoned her, what could possibly happen? This story follows Piper, a 12 year old girl who is forced to stay with her mother while her dad is in the hospital getting his procedures for his cancer. Upon arriving at the estate, Piper learns that not only has her mother been foster 4 other children but that they all hav magical abilities and that Piper's beloved grandma has been gone for over a week.
The story deals with a lot
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Jessica Harrison
The strength of The Girl and the Witch’s Garden is in the characters. Piper is inquisitive and likeable. As the main character, she gets most of the attention, but the other children are fairly well-developed, too, giving this an almost — but not quite — ensemble feel.

As is often the case with middle readers, the adults are more of a mystery and can feel one-dimensional. There’s plenty of room for this to become a full-on series, so I’d expect more development in later novels.

The Girl in the Wit
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Katie Mac
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an engaging exploration of a magical mystery. There's a good amount of tragedy in this book--Piper, the main character, was abandoned by her mother at a young age, and her dad is suffering from terminal cancer--but I think the book offers an effective analysis on trauma and grief within some of the more fast-paced elements. I also appreciate the imperfect way the friendships developed in this book. While ther
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Julie Swearingen
I received a free digital arc from edelweiss.

This is a lovely little book. The cover originally caught my eye and I've been trying to read more middle grade fiction to round out my knowledge as an editor and a bookseller. This was a delightful addition. I was immediately intrigued by it and ended up finishing it in three sittings.

A good balance of good and evil, magic, family dynamics, and new friendships.
Jenn of The Bookish Society
A little bit Matilda, a little bit Secret Garden, I'm a fan of magical kids finding and using their powers! I like that this book gives some doubt that things will turn out okay. Kids know that in real life, everything doesn't always work out for the best, and reading about other kids who have a bit of turmoil is a good thing. Piper and her friend Teddy say the funniest things to each other, and again I'm all in for magic saving the day.
Suzanne Christensen
I really enjoyed this fun magical book. When Pipers dad falls ill she is sent to stay with her mother who she hasn't seen since she was 4. She goes to her grandmother's estate and meets her mother's foster children and discovers they have magic. Her mother wants nothing to do with her since Piper has no magic. But Piper and the other children learn more about life and courage as they work to discover an entrance to a magical garden.
Ashley Wheelock
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ab-read-aloud
What a deliciously fun ride- a magical enchantment hides the elixir of life. Piper learns about it when she is sent to her grandmother’s estate because her father is in the hospital with cancer. Only she needs magic to find it. Can she unlock her own powers and will she be able to outwit her own mother who abandoned her as a child and is ruthlessly cruel? My 6 and 8 year olds were so obsessed, we read this book in 5 days. We all highly recommend it!
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Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and the forthcoming Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire wi ...more

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