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{Weather or Not: Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins}Weather or Not by Emily Jenkins, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski
Series: Upside-Down Magic
Published by Scholastic Press on September 11, 2018
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Middle School
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – When Willa’s upside-down magic rains, it pours. Clouds form under ceilings. Classrooms get flooded. Nory and the kids in Ms. Starr’s Upside-Down Magic class always have umbrellas nearby, just in case.

Willa hates being the source of such sogginess. And yet the more she rains, the worse she feels . . . and the worse she feels, the more she rains.

Nory, meanwhile, can’t wait to celebrate her first Bing Day-her town’s magical holiday. There’s even a parade! Too bad she’s stuck doing her Bing Day class project with drippy Willa. To make things worse, Elliott seems to be taking Willa’s side on everything.

All the storminess is threatening to flood the UDM friendships. Will they drown in misery? Or can they use their magic to make the storm clouds disappear?

{My thoughts} – Willa and Nory help to make this book an engaging read from start to finish. It is all about how Willa is trying to better understand her magic and that her and her friend Marigold are trying to figure out if her magic isn’t upside-down but in fact a completely different classification of magic all together. Her and Elliot both think they have more or less a type of the same magic. Together they come up with a name for that type of magic.

Nory is still doing loads of upside-down magic and turning into all sorts of strange critters in this book. It is always fun to read the descriptions of what kind of animal she will turn into and what the animal is capable of doing and being.

Willa and Nory have a hard time getting along in this book, because Willa feels constantly judged, which makes her feel like Nory is judging her while they work on a school project together. Nory feels like her friendship with Elliot is threatened because he and Willa have tutoring together for their type of magic.

Willa also has learns more about her magic in this book then she had ever known in the previous books. She learned how to take a number of the tips and tricks she’d been being told about and taught and how to apply them. Sometimes there was a good result and sometimes there wasn’t but it helped her to understand her magic more.

I recommend this book for any child that enjoys reading about magic, quirky characters and just all around fun. This series in a whole is full of laughs and interests while also teaching children morale and problem solving as well as life skills.