The Power of Poppy Pendle

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Poppy may have inherited the family’s magical powers, but she would rather be a baker. How can she avoid the family business? Includes more than a dozen delectable recipes!

Ten-year-old Poppy, born to ordinary parents, inherits her famous Great Aunt Mabel’s genes—GAM was a famous witch. In Poppy’s world, witches work for good and are much valued, with powers both coveted and praised. But Poppy does not want to be a witch—she wants to be a baker, and she is extremely good at ...

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Overview

Poppy may have inherited the family’s magical powers, but she would rather be a baker. How can she avoid the family business? Includes more than a dozen delectable recipes!

Ten-year-old Poppy, born to ordinary parents, inherits her famous Great Aunt Mabel’s genes—GAM was a famous witch. In Poppy’s world, witches work for good and are much valued, with powers both coveted and praised. But Poppy does not want to be a witch—she wants to be a baker, and she is extremely good at baking. Her parents insist Poppy follow in the footsteps of her great aunt, but Poppy has plans of her own.
Part magic, part adventure, and wholly delicious, this spirited story includes more than a dozen recipes readers—and budding bakers—can try at home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lowe's energetic first novel is led by 10-year-old Poppy, who was born in the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the town of Potts Bottom. While Poppy has inherited the gift of magic from her highly respected Great-Granny Mabel, she wants nothing to do with it. Baking makes Poppy happy, and after three years at Ruthersfield, a magic school her parents force her to attend, she is fed up. Poppy runs away to the Patisserie, where sympathetic Marie Claire takes her in, but when Poppy's parents drag her home, she snaps and turns them to stone with the "Stop It Now Spell." It's up to Marie Claire and Poppy's friend Charlie to bring Poppy back from the "dark side." Lowe makes the story's arc (and message) clear early on: the Ruthersfield motto translates to "Follow your passion," and Poppy's interest in another witch who crossed to the dark side presages her own transformation. Readers will easily empathize with Poppy and recognize the loneliness and anger that accompany being misunderstood. Several recipes for Poppy's desserts are included. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ann Tobias, A Literary Agency for Children's Books. (Sept.)
Library Media Connection
Lowe, Natasha The Power of Poppy Pendle 2012. 272pp. $15.99 hc. Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4424-4679-3. Grades 4-6 Born on the floor of a French bakery, Poppy Pendle conjures a chocolate cake when she is only three months old. Her ecstatic parents realize that she has the gift of magic, and they enroll her at Ruthersfield Academy. There she excels at magic lessons, but all Poppy really wants to do is bake. Then Poppy learns the Stop It Now spell, capable of turning objects to stone, which Poppy unleashes on anything that gets in her way, including her parents. It takes the determined efforts of her non-witch friends to bring Poppy back from the dark side to an idyllic conclusion that young readers will savor. There is a strong essence of Roald Dahl to this story, in which controlling characters like Poppy’s mother are laughable in their awful obtuseness. This is a crowd-pleaser with the added bonus of Poppy’s recipes at the end. Jan Aldrich Solow, A. Scott Crossfield Elementary School, Herndon, Virginia [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended
Kirkus Reviews
Can 10-year-old Poppy convince her parents she wants to be a baker and not a witch in yet another fantasy that blends magic and baking? Poppy Pendle has inherited her magic from her Great-Granny Mabel, but her passion is baking. Her Dursley-like parents send her to the Ruthersfield Academy for young ladies with magic. She excels there, but she hates flying on her broomstick, using her wand and the teasing of the other girls. She runs away to the only place where she is happy, Patisserie Marie Claire, where she can create her own cookies and cakes. When this solution does not pan out, Poppy turns to the dark side of being a witch, hiding in a forsaken cottage and turning animals, her parents, police, birds and squirrels to stone. Her friend Charlie (a girl) and Marie Claire try various "sweet-tempting" plans to bring her back and finally succeed. Poppy and Marie Claire rehab the cottage and open a bakery. Numerous unexplained gaps in the fantasy logic crinkle the storyline, beginning with the "magic" of Poppy's being born in the Patisserie (thus her passion) and ending with her turned-to-stone parents taking two years to thaw. The belabored parental conflict, sugarcoated emotions and convenient plot details are cloying. The 12 recipes at the end are the best part; the rest is just half-baked. (Fantasy. 8-11)
"To her parents’ great mortification
"To her parents’ great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn’t possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As she grows, though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic, and her parents couldn’t be more pleased. They purchase a state-of-the-art wand and broom and enter her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is an excellent witch, all she really wants to do is bake. When she announces to her parents that she hates magic and just wants to make treats, her parents go to the extreme to stop her, pushing her into the blackest of magic. In this sweet story about true friendship, Poppy is a likable main character. " — School LIbrary Journal
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Lowe's energetic first novel is led by 10-year-old Poppy, who was born in the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the town of Potts Bottom. While Poppy has inherited the gift of magic from her highly respected Great-Granny Mabel, she wants nothing to do with it. Baking makes Poppy happy, and after three years at Ruthersfield, a magic school her parents force her to attend, she is fed up. Poppy runs away to the Patisserie, where sympathetic Marie Claire takes her in, but when Poppy's parents drag her home, she snaps and turns them to stone with the "Stop It Now Spell." It's up to Marie Claire and Poppy's friend Charlie to bring Poppy back from the "dark side." Lowe makes the story's arc (and message) clear early on: the Ruthersfield motto translates to "Follow your passion," and Poppy's interest in another witch who crossed to the dark side presages her own transformation. Readers will easily empathize with Poppy and recognize the loneliness and anger that accompany being misunderstood. Several recipes for Poppy's desserts are included. Ages 8–12.

"To her parents’ great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn’t possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As she grows, though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic, and her parents couldn’t be more pleased. They purchase a state-of-the-art wand and broom and enter her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is an excellent witch, all she really wants to do is bake. When she announces to her parents that she hates magic and just wants to make treats, her parents go to the extreme to stop her, pushing her into the blackest of magic. In this sweet story about true friendship, Poppy is a likable main character. " — School LIbrary Journal

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Ah, Poppy! What a sweet, enchanting concoction you are. First time novelist, Natasha Lowe, has mixed the essence of Dahl's Matilda, with a half-cup of Hermione Granger, flavored the book with the stylishness of Eva Ibbotson and topped it off with recipes worthy of Julia Child. The resulting book is truly delectable and full of good lessons for young girls about being true to your talents, listening to your inner voice, and having one or two very good friends who will stand by you even when your evil urges get the best of you. Poppy Pendle is born magical, a legacy from her great-grandmother. However, she is born on the floor of a French bakery and, somehow, the love of baking becomes part of her very being. At age ten, she is enrolled by her parents in Ruthersfield, a sort of second rate Hogwarts, where Poppy excels at spells, but longs for her dream of opening a patisserie. Marie Claire, the owner of the French bakery that is part of Poppy's legacy, recognizes her innate talent and nurtures her in ways that Poppy's parents do not. Only Marie Claire and Poppy's non-magical friend, Charlie, understand Poppy's dreams. Deprived of her baking by her over-ambitious parents, Poppy turns to the dark side of witchcraft and her good friends must find a way to reach the real Poppy, trapped in the shell of an evil, junk-food eating wicked witch. Just to keep the magic going, all of Poppy's delicious recipes are included in the book, so expect young girls (or brave boys who do not care if the primary character is a girl) to head to mom's kitchen and dig out the cookie sheets. This is the perfect pre-Potter book for children who need non-threatening magic and a book of true friendships. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—To her parents' great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn't possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As she grows, though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic, and her parents couldn't be more pleased. They purchase a state-of-the-art wand and broom and enter her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is an excellent witch, all she really wants to do is bake. When she announces to her parents that she hates magic and just wants to make treats, her parents go to the extreme to stop her, pushing her into the blackest of magic. In this sweet story about true friendship, Poppy is a likable main character. While the accompanying cast is a little flat and an evil-witch story line seems to be dropped altogether, children will like dark-side Poppy and the satisfying ending. Several recipes are included. Recommended this one to fans of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch (Viking, 1989).—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442446793
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 530,713
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Lowe knew as a child that she wanted to be either a writer, an adventurer, or to open a fancy teashop. So she did a little bit of everything, traveling from her native London to America where she ran The Tea House bed and breakfast and wowed guests with her grandmother’s shortbread recipe. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. She is the author of The Power of Poppy Pendle and The Courage of Cat Campbell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Awsome!!!!!

    My class read the power if poppy pendle and everyone loved it. A must read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    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. All Poppy wants to do is bake. With her parent doing everything in their power to keep her from the kitchen, Poppy struggles to follow her heart and find her own path in the world. 




     The power of Poppy Pendle is a very sweet story and I really enjoyed reading it. In a world filled with books about kids using magic, it’s a fun change to read about a little girl who doesn’t want to. Poppy is a great character and I love that she bakes tasty treats. The story is a simple one but it has some important messages in it. Things like…
    *Don’t be afraid to be who you are.
    *Family support is important.
    *Don’t give up on your dreams.
    *True friendship. 
    *Follow your joy.
    Some other things I liked…
    *Charlie is a wonderful character and a great friend to Poppy.
    *Marie Claire is yet another lovable character. She owns the bakery that Poppy was born in and she becomes a trusted confidant for Poppy. 
    *Poppy’s parents will make you mad but they are also fun characters. 
    I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a book that children will love to read on their own or have it read to them. Plus it has one of the cutest cover ever. Go pick up your copy today.      

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!

    This book is probably on of the best books i have ever read. The book captivates you and just forces you too read on. I love this book so much that i dressed up as Poppy for halloween! If you have not read this book, buy it now! I wish that the author, Natasha Lowe would write and publish more books. Im sure that they would come out to be as much of a good book and a favorite book among MILLIONS of americans! I cant stress it enough, BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! What are you waiting for? BUY IT!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Please read this book and my reveiw

    This is a great book and it is captivating and i love it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Speechless.

    Wow. Now I want to make the treats at the end of the book. :)

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