Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
When Kelly Quinn and her two BFFs discover a dusty old cookbook while cleaning out her attic, the girls decide to try a few of the mysterious recipes inside.  But the ancient book bears an eerie warning, and it doesn't take long for the girls to realize that their dishes are linked to strange occurances.  The Keep 'Em Quiet Cobbler actually silences Kelly's pesky little brother and the Hexberry Tarta brings an annoying curse to mean girl Charlotte Barney.  And there is the Love Bug Juice, which seems to have quite the effect on those cute Rusamano boys...

Could these receipes really be magical? Who wrote them and where did they come from.  And most importantly, what kind of trouble are the girls stirring up for themselves? Things are about to get just a little too hot in Kelly Quinn's kitchen.


Looking for a adorable and hilarious read to give to a tween you know? Well, look no further because Cindy Callaghan's Just Add Magic is the perfect choice in this matter!

Just Add Magic tells the story of seventh-grader Kelly Quinn, a girl who loves to cook, play soccer, and hang out with her best friends Darbie and Hannah. So when Kelly and Darbie discover a old cookbook it's just the icing on the cake for Kelly Quin, because not only does she have fresh new cooking ideas to worth with, but she finally gets to start a cooking club with her friends! Though, the girls soon discover this cooking book is anything but ordinary. For one, not only does every recipe has a weird name such as Keep 'Em Quiet Cobbler or Love Bug Juice, but everytime they severe the final baked good something weird and magical occurs. But are the recipes really made of magic? Better yet, are they using this special cookbook in the wrong kind of way? A way that will break up their friendship once and for all? Well, you'll have to read Just Add Magic to find out!

Kelly Quinn, Darbie, and Hannah were one of my favorite part parts of this book for numerous reasons. One is the way that they reminded me of my friends and me during our seventh grade year, which leads me to my next reason- I loved the way that Hannah, Kelly, and Darbie were typical, normal seventh grade girls. Sure they had some unusual things happen to them, but when it comes down to it they had the regular tween girl stuff happen to them, making them and their situtians not only relatable in many ways but also role-model worthy to the tween girls who will be reading this book.

Yet another aspect of this book I enjoyed was the secret, magical cookbook the girls found early on in the book, because not only did it set the plot of in a great way, but it always proved an intriuging mystery throughout the whole book. There was barly a moment when I wasn't wondering out the cookbook and what it entitled for the girls and their freinds when I was reading Just Add Magic and I liked that.

Futhermore, Cindy Callaghan proves to have the voice of a tween girl down pat with this book. Better yet, her writing was smooth and clear and her plot lines and characters were well fleshed out.

In all, Just Add Magic proves to be a cute book for any age, especially all the tweens out there. So, do yourself a favor and buy this book if you're a middle-grade reader or have someone in your life who fits the age group this book is ment for!

Grade: B+

Just Add Magic is now out!

Source: Over the River Public Relations. Thanks, Rachel!


  1. That has to be one of the cutest covers I've seen in a long time!

  2. nice cover. Till now I still enjoy reading this kind of Genre. I am pretty sure I am going to like this one.

  3. This sounds like a really fun book. It reminds me of the book 'Water for Chocolate". Only that was an adult book. I really loved that one! :)

  4. This sounds so cute! I know a sweet girl who has a birthday coming up...

  5. I thought this was really good too :)


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