Bewitching by Alex Flinn

A 500-year-old teen witch crosses paths with a reverse-Cinderella.

Bewitching is Alex Flinn’s latest fairy tale retelling and I just loved it. She sets the Cinderella story in a Miami middle school, then frames it with the story of Kendra, a girl who became an eternal witch during the plague of 1666. Kendra tells us two stories of her own, both fairy tale retellings that can stand alone as lovely and poignant tales, and also shed light on the larger story. Structurally it’s quite brilliant, and she’s also come up with a really original voice for both of her heroines. I can’t say enough good things about it!

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