Ella Brook can't wait to grow up, because one day she will become a fairy and have her own sparkly wings and a teacher on Fairy Tube, just like her mom! Until then, Ella has to learn by watching her mom in action.
But sometimes spells go wrong, and Ella's mom can never seem to remember the right magic codes on her Computawand. A lot of the time, it's up to Ella to come to the rescue. Does she have what it takes to be a fairy one day? Or will there be more glitches than glitter?
About the Author
Marti Kissi is a freelance illustrator living and working in London. She studied illustration and animation at Kingston University and completed her MA at the Royal College of Art. She now works on various children book projects as well as covers and editorial pieces for both children and adults.
Date of Birth:December 12, 1969
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1990; M.Mus., King's College, London, 1992
Read an Excerpt
Hi there. My name is Ella Brook, and I live in a town called Cherrywood. I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. She lives next door and she’s my Not-Best Friend. She looks mean even when she smiles. You’ll meet them all later.
And this is my mom. She looks normal, like any other mom . . . but she’s not.
Because she can turn into a fairy.
All she has to do is shut her eyes tight, say “Marshmallow,” . . . and POOF! She’s Fairy Mom.
I love it when she’s a fairy, because her wings shimmer like hundreds of rainbows. She wears a silver crown that shines like starlight. She can fly in the air and turn invisible and do all other kinds of real magic. Plus, she just bought a new wand that is really cool. It’s called the Computawand V5. It has magic powers and a computer screen and an Extra-Fast Magic button.
Most fairies have Computawands nowa-days. They have Fairy Apps and Fairy Mail and even Fairy Games. Mom sometimes lets me look at the apps and games if I’ve been good. (But she always turns off the magic function first.)
When Mom is not being a fairy, her Computawand just looks like a normal phone. Which is good, because it is a big secret that Mom is a fairy. No one must ever find out. I’m not allowed to tell anyone, not even my friends.
Most of the time, Mom is a boss in an office. She is very good at it. She’s also very good at telling bedtime stories and singing songs in the car. She’s the best mom in the world.
Ollie is my little brother. He’s only one year old and he can’t turn into a fairy. Every- one says he looks like me, but he doesn’t, be- cause he’s a baby and I’m not. He can’t even speak properly. His favorite word is “weezi-weezi-weezi.”
And here’s my dad. He can’t turn into a fairy either and he can’t do magic. He says he can park the car instead.
Mom knows I’d like to be a fairy. She says that all the girls in my family turn into fairies when they’re grown up, so one day I will too. I will have sparkly wings and my own Computawand. I can’t wait.
Aunty Jo and Granny look normal, just like Mom, but they can turn into fairies too. Aunty Jo has a Computawand V5 just like Mom’s. She can work the computer screen very fast, and she knows every single spell code. Aunty Jo is very good at magic.
Granny won’t get a Computawand because she doesn’t like anything that goes bleep. She still has an old-fashioned fairy wand with a star on top. She says it’s never let her down yet, and she won Best Spell at the Fairy Awards with it, three times in a row.
Aunty Jo won Best Spell last year too. In fact, Aunty Jo has won lots of fairy prizes.
Mom hasn’t won any fairy prizes.
I’m not allowed to start magic lessons yet, but I’m trying to learn anyway. Every week, Mom has magic lessons from Fenella, her Fairy Teacher, who talks to her on Fairy Tube. I watch with her and try my hardest to remember all the spell codes.
Mom tries very hard too. I’m sure she’ll get better one day, but for now she’s not very good at magic. You’ll find out what I mean soon.
Here are some of the magic spells we have had fun with so far—and some of the trouble they’ve gotten us into!