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This hi/lo story uses a realistic school setting to present an obvious moral with a little "magick" thrown in. The story follows Lizzie and Rachel's fight over who will date Kyle. When Rachel frames Lizzie so that a teacher thinks she cheated on a test, the wronged girl's new neighbor teaches her how to get revenge using a spell. It backfires, showing Lizzie that there are consequences to getting even. In the end, the girls learn that life is about more than being mean. This book will be useful as assigned reading or as part of a lesson, but it's too heavy-handed to have much appeal among general readers.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
Sure enough, the tree starts rustling, and I think I'm going to faint now, just check out, when a long skinny leg emerges from the leaves. That leg is followed by another. Both legs are clad in striped socks. Seriously, red-and-black-striped socks.
The legs dangle for a moment and then an entire body drops to the ground. There is nothing else for me to do but scream. I close my eyes, throw back my head and howl.
Posted January 11, 2012
Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a girl she socially destroyed, exacts her revenge by getting Lizzie in trouble for cheating on a test. Friendless and facing detention, Lizzie obsesses over finding the perfect revenge. When Stella, Lizzie's strange new neighbor, teaches Lizzie about magick, Lizzie can't resist creating a revenge spell. But she forgets the "rule of three," that whatever spell you cast comes back on you three-fold, and her zit spell backfires with dramatic results. When she asks for help from Stella's Baba, the only advice she gets is to "write the lesson of the zit on her heart." Can Lizzie find a way to teach Rachel a lesson without causing permanent disfigurement to herself?
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