Potion Problems

Potion Problems

by Cindy Callaghan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534417410
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Series: Just Add Magic Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 121,620
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me), Lost in Hollywood, the award-winning Sydney Mackenzie Knocks ’Em Dead, Just Add Magic (which is now a breakout streaming original series), and its sequel Potion Problems. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Potion Problems


  • Question: Why was I, Kelly Quinn, jumping on the bed late at night, over and over again? Was it: Exercise? A relaxation technique? A way to digest my dinner?

    Answer: None of the above.

    There was a very special book—a Secret Recipe Book—that I kept hidden in the tiles above my bed. And the only way to access it was this jumping situation.

    I jumped again and reached into the ceiling for the Secret Recipe Book like I had so many times before.

    Except this time, it wasn’t there.

    I texted my besties, Hannah Hernandez and Darbie O’Brien immediately.

    Do either of you have it?

    It? Darbie texted back, followed immediately after by, The pox? Before I could reply, she added, Small Pox or Chicken Pox? I was almost ready to send my response when a third text came in from her: Doesn’t matter. I don’t have either.

    Hannah wrote, The Book, Darb. You took it home with you last night.

    Guilty, Darbie wrote. It’s right—

    Right where? I wrote. At this point I was sweating. This was no ordinary book.

    She didn’t respond for too many seconds. . . .

    A few weeks ago, on the last day of summer vacation, Darbie and Hannah and I found the Secret Recipe Book hidden in my attic.

    Who am I? Kelly Quinn, seventh grader, average/mediocre soccer player, and lover of all things cooking.

    What’s the Secret Recipe Book? It’s a bunch of handwritten recipes taped within the pages of an old World Book Encyclopedia, Volume T. With the Book, we formed a secret cooking club and made the recipes, which called for some pretty unusual ingredients that we could only get from one local store: La Cocina.

    Weird things happened to the people who ate the food (a.k.a. potions), and also to us. Seems that potioning someone comes with a price, like a payback. It’s called the Law of Returns. So any time we make a potion, the person who adds the special ingredient gets a Return, which is bad luck.

    Darbie? I wrote again.

    She returned, Problemo.

    Problemos with the Secret Recipe Book were not good.

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