Reviews for Spells & Sleeping Bags

Booklist Reviews 2007 September #1
Although it can stand alone, Mlynowski's third story featuring the Weinstein sisters will be eagerly grabbed by fans of Bras & Broomsticks (2005) and Frogs & French Kisses (2006). Likable Rachel, who has joined her sister and their mother as a witch, explores her new powers during summer camp, where she tries to engineer a kiss with her longtime crush while avoiding the nasty attentions of spoiled Liana. Of course, Rachel has not yet mastered her magical skills, which leads to plenty of entertaining mishaps. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
In this third frothy offering about witch sisters Rachel and Miri, the girls go to camp, where Rachel engages in a series of painfully embarrassing antics and wins over the boy of her dreams. Along the way, Rachel realizes that her nemesis, Liana, is actually her long-lost cousin. The book's last-minute plot twists and too-quick resolutions feel forced and contrived. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 May #4
The most recent addition to Sarah Mlynowski's Bras and Broomsticks trilogy, Spells & Sleeping Bags, finally finds Miri's older sister Rachel coming into her own powers. Spending the summer at Camp Wood Lake, Rachel must fend off mosquitoes and hostile bunkmates, all while trying to act cool for her camp crush. (Delacorte, $19.99 324p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-385-73387-8; June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 6-9-- Chick Lit and Harry Potter meet in this tale of spells gone awry, family secrets, and teenage angst at an Adirondacks summer camp. It's the third book in the series, and Rachel's voice continues to be fresh, witty, and sarcastic as she navigates through friendships and summer love. She and her sister, Miri, both of whom are witches like their mother, deal with real problems mixed with magical mishaps that are sure to delight readers. Rachel's powers have recently manifested themselves and she struggles to control her spell-making while keeping her ability a secret from the rest of the campers. The plot thickens with a mysterious girl named Liana, who may also be a witch; a developing relationship with love interest Raf; and embarrassing care packages containing feminine-hygiene products sent by Rachel's stepmother. Rachel and Liana become instant enemies and Rachel just can't believe it when she discovers that her nemesis is actually her long-lost cousin. Entertaining characters, a light tone, and a fast-moving plot keep the pages turning quickly.--Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY

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