Anna’s August Recommendation

The House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Anna says: “A compelling story with all the fun angst-y heartbreaks and tight friendships that most YA novels promise, but with the additional barb of true, down and dirty witchcraft. This isn’t Harry Potter waving a wand and summoning water from nowhere, this is a magic that takes as much as it gives; read along to see if Whipple’s charming characters can bear the price.”

4 Similar Titles
The Gift by James Patterson – This middle school level book by bestselling author Patterson is the first in the Witches and Wizards series. A magical brother and sister escape from prison and start a hidden community of magical teenagers like themselves.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Craving a witch series geared more towards adults? Try this first book in Harkness’s bestselling trilogy about a historian who discovers an enchanted manuscript.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Simply put – this is Harry Potter meets Chronicles of Narnia, with college students. The first book in a trilogy, Grossman is also a senior writer and book critic for TIME magazine.

Sweep by Cate Tiernan – A teenager discovers she is descended from a line of witches. This YA book is full of friendships and romance. Part of a series of fifteen books.


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