Discovering Pig Magic follows the exploits of Mattie (or Miss M, or just M) and her friends Ariel and Nicki as they attempt to overcome the problems that plague their 13-year-old lives. After finding a book of spells, the three girls perform a ritual that will grant each the object of her desire. This requires that they each bury a special object. Ariel buries a tiny antique spoon; Nicki puts in a thumb-sized leather mother-and-child doll; and Miss M contributes a small ceramic pig with real gold inlays. When the magic starts to take effect, the girls' longed-for wishes carry unintended, and unwelcome, consequences. Breaking the spell before something really bad happens becomes crucial, but doing so may be too much even for these resourceful friends. Julie Crabtree's wonderfully funny novel captures the everyday lives of three quirky, engaging girls, and shows that some wishes may be better left unfulfilled.
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Miss M, Ariel, and Nicki have just entered seventh grade and are learning that being thirteen is a strange feeling. Growing up is never easy, and not only are they changing, but school, family, and friends are changing, too.
Ariel aspires to be the next cooking superstar, Mattie is dealing with divorced parents and a mom who won't leave the house (plus her strange collection of pigs), and Nicki has secrets about her family she hasn't yet shared.
After finding an old magic book, the girls decide that this is their year, and set out to perform a magic ritual in the hopes that things will start anew and being a teenager will begin on an exciting path.
But dabbling in magic and making wishes doesn't always turn out the way you hope, and things start to take a turn for the worse. The girls find themselves in sticky situations and their friendship tested. Can they undo the magic?
This may sound like a paranormal fantasy, but it's really a sweet, charming, coming-of-age story with the magic taking a backseat. Julie Crabtree has captured the middle school transition and tween voice perfectly. I would recommend this one for young teen girls who enjoy friendship stories. This would also make a great tween book club choice.