My Magical Life

Publisher: Puffin

Review

Eleven-year-old Zach King comes from a magical family, but has yet to unlock his own powers. Concerned that the magic gene may have skipped Zach, his parents stop home-schooling him and send him to a regular school.

Unfortunately, he quickly becomes a target for nasty bully, Tricia. While attempting to escape her clutches and stand up for his new friend Aaron, Zach inexplicably finds himself inside a vending machine, having magically passed through the glass as if it wasn’t there.

Aaron captures the whole thing on camera, and when he posts it online, Zach becomes an overnight sensation, much to Tricia’s outrage. As Zach hones his newfound skills, Tricia, who is alarmingly close to discovering his magical secret, is determined to bring him down.

Fast-paced and funny, this chapter book is the first in a trilogy, and would particularly appeal to reluctant boy readers. The colourful comic-strip illustrations alongside the text can be animated by downloading a free augmented reality (AR) app, adding another dimension to the humorous tale. The author, a filmmaker and modern magician, has a huge online following and regularly makes videos that are viewed by millions on social media. 

Note: American spellings and phrases are used. 

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