Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan Series)

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Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel ...
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Overview

Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong.

Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel’s hands.

Her family.

The world.

Senior prom.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Just as sweet and funny as its predecessor."—Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Favorite series installments come to the fore this summer. Readers will welcome back Rachel, the mortal narrator from Bras & Broomsticks, whose mother and younger sister are both witches, in Frogs & French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski. Rachel's sister, Miri, begins using her powers liberally, to save the world-and to save Rachel's loser reputation (she gets back at a bully who has been tormenting Rachel and also tries to cast a love spell on Rachel's crush-with disastrous results). Readers will once again find Rachel and her story simply charming. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rachel and her magical sister, Miri, return in the sequel to Bras & Broomsticks. No longer in the good graces of the A-listers, Rachel needs some serious magic to propel herself to social stardom. Her love life is on hold after ditching her crush, Raf, to attend her dad's wedding, and the prom is in jeopardy due to Miri's efforts to save a head of cattle from the butcher's block. When Miri's love spell for Rachel attracts Raf's older brother Will instead, Rachel finds the ‘in' she needs to save the prom and score a ticket for herself. On the home front, Miri begins to see her gifts as a responsibility to solve the world's problems, which causes more trouble than good, and Rachel's mom is getting more dates than a calendar after a relapse into magic. But more importantly, will Rachel ever be able to work the right kind of magic on Raf? Sarah Mlynowski's powerful potion of young love and silly spells makes this a must have for any young adult collection. 2006, Random House/Delacorte, and Ages 12 to 17.
—Kristy Lyn Sutorius
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-In this sequel to Bras & Broomsticks (Delacorte, 2005), Rachel's younger sister, Miri, uses her magic to perform a safety spell on 50 about-to-be-slaughtered cows. Unfortunately, they are safely removed to the high school gym, causing $40,000 damage and ruining the venue for the prom. The administration thinks this was an obvious senior prank, but, of course, Miri and Rachel know better. Meanwhile, their mom, who has been a nonpracticing witch for years, has decided to resume her enchanted ways. She suddenly has more men to date than she can handle and replaces important mother/daughter time with magically zapped up ready-to-eat pizzas. Rachel's first-person narration moves the story along, and subplots include her dealing with the school bully and falling in love with her crush's brother and Miri's other accidentally misused magic. However, the part involving the girls' father, who remarried, is a bit weak and contrived. While the story is predictable, it's still enjoyable and will have a ready audience.-Kelly Czarnecki, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to Mlynowski's Bras and Broomsticks (2005), 14-year old Rachel still laments that her mother and younger sister Miri are witches, but she has yet to discover any magical power. No matter, however, as Miri is more than willing to conjure up supposed solutions to all of Rachel's problems. Alas, each spell has consequences, and the girls can't anticipate all the difficulties they cause. As Miri constantly tries to solve global environmental problems, Rachel concentrates on trying to save her school prom, ruined by the first of Miri's spells. Meanwhile, their Mom begins to use her powers again to enjoy a non-stop whirlwind of dating. Less frantic and more mature than the first installment in the series, Mlynowski's prose style has improved without sacrificing any humor. While still reaching its target audience, this story may have wider appeal than the first. One wonders, however, where the frogs are. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385731850
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: Magic in Manhattan Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 367,836
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Mlynowski
After graduating from McGill University with an honors degree in English, Sarah Mlynowski spent several years working for a publishing company in Toronto. Her novels have received glowing praise. She lives in New York City.

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My Love Life Is Up in the Air (and So Am I)

1

I'm perched on a floating broom, my arms squeezing the life out of my little sister's waist.

"You girls all right?" my mom calls down. She's watching us from behind the second-story cottage window. "You're not airsick? Maybe I shouldn't have let you talk me into this."

"I'm fine," Miri chirps.

"Me too," I lie as the two of us wobble up and down like we're on a haunted seesaw. We're straddling a plastic broom four feet above the dewy ground. In what deranged world would I be fine? My eyes are cemented closed, I'm biting my lip, and every one of my muscles is clenched in fear.

"I don't want you girls gone for more than an hour," my mom warns. "So be back here at eleven p.m. sharp. I'll leave the window open so you can fly straight back in. If you think anyone has spotted you, return here immediately. And, Rachel, don't you dare take off that helmet!"

How does she know my secret plan? "But it's itchy!"

"She won't." Miri pats my knee. "You ready? Here we go!"

Nausea and dizziness wash over me. Maybe this isn't such a brilliant idea. My legs are dangling like a rag doll's, and the broom is starting to chafe.

"Don't go too fast," I plead in a super-high-pitched voice, like I just inhaled a balloon full of helium. "And don't go too high. We don't want to smash into an airplane. And don't--"

The broom jerks forward, I swallow a scream, and suddenly we're flying through upstate New York.

"Be careful!" my mom hollers in the background.

I'm flying. I'm flying! I'm flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I may be dreading going back to school, but at least I'm flying high during spring break. Literally.

I gingerly open my right eye as we shoot past the gate to our rented cottage and zoom over the dirt road. The wind caresses my cheeks, my arms, my hair. . . . I think the wind just blew a leaf up my nose. But who cares? How cool is this?
Don't look down, don't look down!

I look down.

My shoelaces are hanging over the sides of my new pink sneakers like floppy dog ears. I really should have double knotted. These are the new pink sneakers that my mom bought to cheer me up. To make a long, heartbreaking story short, I spent the first few days of vacation moping because Raf Kosravi, the love of my life, hates me because I (unintentionally) stood him up for the Spring Fling to go to my father's wedding.

Buying the shoes was really thoughtful of my mom. She's definitely trying to be more understanding. On the same night she surprised me with the cheer-up present, she dropped her slice of pepperofu (vile, flavorless, pepperoni-shaped slabs of tofu) pizza and announced, "Miri, banning you from using witchcraft isn't working. If you're going to do it anyway, as you've been doing for the last two months, I want to teach you to use magic responsibly. The three of us are going on a trip. Start packing."

My jaw fell open in midchew. Mom was finally seeing the light! See, I've only just recently discovered that my mom's a witch. My sister, too. Everyone's a witch except me. Well, not my dad or any of my friends. But everyone I live with. And my mom had a very strict rule: absolutely no magic until Miri finishes her training. My mom is antimagic herself, preferring to be a nonpracticing witch. So this change of heart was a major coup.

"Yes!" I cheered while debating what to pack. Going-out clothes or won't-be-seeing-anyone-worth-impressing sweats? I didn't mind leaving the city, mostly because my best and now only friend (yes, her mom is married to a woman), Tammy, is spending spring break in the Gulf of Mexico with her mom and stepmom (since I embarrassed myself phenomenally at the school fashion show). "Magic for everyone! Can we put a love spell on Raf?"

"Don't push your luck" was my mom's response. "Love spells are not what I consider responsible."

What is the point of having a witch for a mom if she won't perform one measly love spell on the boy of my dreams? If only she were more like a friend and less like a mother.

Anyway, the next morning we left extra food for Tigger, our cat, and Goldie, our goldfish, rented a car, and drove from our cozy downtown Manhattan apartment to a rented cottage in the middle of nowhere, where Mom claimed we'd have no nosy neighbors to witness our shenanigans.

We arrived on Wednesday night, two entire days ago. Forty-eight hours in a two-bedroom cottage that smells like a mixture of mothballs and apples. Forty-eight hours of no cable. No DVDs. No Internet. I've had nothing to do except watch while my mom trains Miri, which surprisingly isn't that much fun. Fine, it's semifun. At least my mom is finally letting Miri perform practical magic instead of just making her recite the history of witchcraft. But watching Miri attempt to levitate inanimate objects gets old fast.

The peach-colored coffee mug's hovering three inches above the kitchen table is unbelievable. Four inches is awesome. Five is funky. Six . . . yawn. After two days, rising kitchen dishware gets a wee bit repetitive. Actually, downright sleep inducing. It wasn't until this afternoon, while my mom was showing Miri how to float a paper towel, that it occurred to me that if Miri could make a towel fly, why couldn't she make us fly?

I found the broom in the hallway closet. It was old and scraggly, and some of the bristles were bent at odd ninety-degree angles, but it would do the trick. "Is there any truth to the witches-flying-on-brooms legend?" I asked, yanking it out, causing a dustbin to fall on my head.

"Well . . ." My mom hesitated. "No."

I didn't buy it. If a paper towel could levitate, why couldn't a broom? I walked over to her and looked deep into her green eyes. "Do you swear?"

Instead of answering, she ran her bitten fingernails through her shoulder-length bottle-blond hair and shrugged.

"What?" Miri cried, jumping out of her chair and causing the paper towel to float back down to the table. Good thing she'd raised glasses the day before. "You told me flying brooms were a myth!"

"I know." My mom took a moment to bite her thumbnail. She and my sister share this disgusting habit. "But I was worried about you. I didn't want you flying around Manhattan, bumping into the Empire State Building."

I clapped with gleeful excitement. From now on I'd travel in style. Sweaty overcrowded subways? Never again. Running late to school? I don't think so. The only road I'm taking is Highway Broom. "Teach me how!" I shrieked.

"You mean teach me," Miri said snidely.

"If I'd known I was going to teach you to fly, I would have brought cigarettes," my mom said.

"You promised to quit!" I muttered.

"I know, I know. I quit, all right? It's just that letting you fly is going to be stressful." She bit her thumbnail again. "I'll teach you, but you have to promise--"

Be careful, go slow, stay low, whatever, yes, yes, yes!

"--to wear your bike helmets."

Groan. Only my mom could make something as cool as flying look geeky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    VERY GOOD BOOK

    The book Frogs & French Kisses, by Sarah Mylnowski is a terrific book. It¿s about a girl whose mother and sister is witches. She struggles with being a social outcast, loses the love of her life. In that series of unfortunate events, her younger sister is learning how to manage her witchy powers. One might like how the author keeps the reader so entertained, not wanting to put the book down. It ranges from the two sisters flying on a broomstick together to transporting together. While the girls Rachel and Miri are mastering their problems, their once anti-magic using mother has become a 24 hour dating machine. She starts off by one date every other week and advances to having a date every other hour. Not only that, but she uses magic for everything and anything that she needs. The girls manage to build a closer bond but more problems progress when the environmental sister Miri tries to save the world and when their dating maniac mother is never home. Rachel ends up dating the love of her life¿s brother all because of a love spell that went wrong. So many problems occur when Miri uses here magic. Some for good, some for Rachel¿s needs. All Rachel wants is to be a social butterfly instead of a social nerd. She spends lunches alone in the bathroom and the library when her best'and only' friend, Tammy, gets mano. This is a very interesting book that a lot of people seem to enjoy.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Frogs an french kissing

    I love arah mylnowski. All of her book are the bomb digitti! Seriously off the chain! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Hi!!!!!

    Thiss book was a fun read but it was hard to put down the book. I was wondering which book comes after this one???????

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    ????

    I have read Bras and Broomsticks and Spells and Sleeping Bags. Should I buy this book? Is it worth it?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    best book ever

    just as funny as bras and broom sticks AMAZING

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Awesome for tweens and teens!

    I'm a tween and I love this book! I'm reading all the magic in Manhatten series and you should too!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Cute

    Very funny, great quick read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    AWESOME BOOK! <3

    I loved how this book was very detail. It was sooo cool and I just couldn't put the book down. I read this whole book in like 2 days. Usually it takes forever for me to read a book but when I like it so much, I read fast. :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Frogs and french kisses

    It was the awesomes(yes it is a word) book ever!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like this book go to spells and sleeping bags. The big idea is Miri and mom useing magic WAY TO MUCH! Can Rachel save them? Or it would be to late? Find out in Frogs and French Kisses

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

    The Greatest!

    This book kept me on the edge of my chair the whole time. I was never board!This book has a lot of exiting moments. i am 12 and this is a perfect age for this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

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    MOST DRAMATIC BOOK IN THE SERIES. Rachel doesn't have powers, but her mom and her little sister Miri do, and suddenly all the magic spins out of control. After making a fool of herself and breaking London Zeal's leg at a dancing fashion show, everyone at school hates Rachel except for her best friend Tammy. So Rachel convinces Miri to put a love spell on her crush Raf. However, the love spell accidently gets put on Raf's brother Will instead. In the meantime, Rachel's mother starts dating again and uses magic nonstop to make men fall for her. She evantually gets a boyfriend named Lex. And Miri is on a mission to save the world, but everything goes wrong. She transports cows from a slaughterhouse to the school gym of Rachel's high school in an attempt to save their lives, only to nearly cancel the senior prom. Without knowing what she's doing, she steals oranges and TVs from stores to give to the homeless. She evens tries to send a bunch of zoo animals to their birthplaces, in the meantime making them end up all over the country and causing a power outage while trying to save a goat's life. At the end, Rachel discovers that she has powers of her own when she makes rain stop.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Hey Guys!

    This book is both Amazing and Confusing. Rachel is trying to find her way to prom with out reaking another person's heart. Will her relationship work out? Hopefully. Will everyone forget about the insident about the fashion show? Hopefully. Will london want to get revenge on Rachel for breaking her leg? Hopefully not!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????

    Love what everyone posted. So i got the book and i .........loved it,you all bellow me thenk you for convensing me to get this book i relly loved it and everybody should get this bok

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Funny and hard to put down!!!

    I thought this was a really entertaining book, and even though I'm an older teenager, I really thought it could go to tween and teens alike. Poor Rachel is having to endure not being part of the witch group in her home. Her mother and do-gooder younger sister Miri are both witches. Miri is using her magic for good(saving the rainforest, rescuing animals, etc...) and her mother is using it to change for dating(longer hair, color, breasts, etc..) and Rachel just wants to survive being fourteen and losing her boyfriend and ex-best friend. But when Rachel asks Miri for a love spell, things go out of hand quickly. Pretty soon she is not only dating a cute senior, getting asked to Prom, and helping on the committee. But with magic, things might change, but there are consequences to every action, something the girls all find out in a big way. This is funny at times, and touching and really great for any level of reader. I would recommend the entire series just because the characters are so lovable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Yowzers

    Amazing. Im speachless. Great quick read. !<3ed it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    : )awesome( :

    This book is hillarious and cute. I adore this series its not an amazing litereary story but a cute quick read.
    CRW

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Good book

    Fourteen-year old Rachel couldn't be any more messed up. Her mom and sis are witches, she's lost the love of her life, is a social pariah, and has no chance at renewing her relationship with her ex- best friend. So when she goes to her little sister, Miri, she is sure Miri will work up some kind of love potion for her- right? Everything goes wrong when her crush's older brother, major hunk and Mr. School, Will, develops romantic feelings for her instead- while her real crush is yakking it up with her mortal enemy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    To: ???? From: Happy :)

    Honestly....NO! This book is definately NOT worth your time and money! Have a great day, talk soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Frogs and French Kisses is Fantastic!

    Rachel trying really hard to accept the fact that her younger sister, Miri, has magic powers and she doesn't. Rachel begs Miri for a love spell that goes horribly horribly wrong. Rachel's mom, formaly a non-practicing witch, is now a magic-a-holic who is using magic for everything from getting herself tea to getting her self dates. Miri is spending all of her time trying to save the world and none of her time studying and its up to rachel to make things right in the Weinstein house.

    Even beter then the firsst. i thought it was impossible to get better then the first book n the magic in manhattan series by sarah mlnowski, bras and broomsticks, but i was wrong! this book is soooo good and i absolutly adored the ending! if you like this book i recommend the rest of the series (i'm not putting them on the i also recommend spot because there are three other ones and it would take up to much space) i actually read this a while ago and it is one of my favorite series the other books in the series are: Bras and broomsticks, Spells and sleeping bags, and Parties and Potions. there isn't enough room on the i also recommend spot but if you enjoyed this i also recommend: marked by p.c. and kristen cast.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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