Coverart for item
The Resource The power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe

The power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe

Label
The power of Poppy Pendle
Title
The power of Poppy Pendle
Statement of responsibility
by Natasha Lowe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ten-year-old Poppy will do anything to realize her dream of becoming a baker, although her parents insist she attend Ruthersfield, the exclusive girls school for witchcraft, where she excels despite her dislike of magic. Includes baking tips and recipes
Member of
Character
Review
  • Grades 4-6 As we all know from best-selling series, you can’t buy magical powers—you either have them or you don’t. Poppy Pendle’s parents are overjoyed when, as a baby, she creates sweets out of thin air; they want to enroll her right away in the witch academy. It soon develops, though, that Poppy’s passion is for baking, not spells, perhaps due to the fact that she was born in the town patisserie. Lowe’s diverting first novel follows the sympathetic Poppy as she tries to convince her parents not to force her to become a witch and secretly befriends a nonwitch neighbor and the patisserie’s owner. But when her parents remove the oven from their house—well, then they’ve gone too far. Lowe presents Poppy’s turn to the dark side (she transforms her parents and other creatures in her path into stone and starts consuming junk food) as both understandable and disturbing. But of course friendship and good food win out in the end. Thirteen recipes of the story’s scrumptious-sounding desserts are included. -- Nolan, Abby (Reviewed 10-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 3)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — To her parents' great mortification, Poppy is unexpectedly born in a French bakery; she couldn't possibly have had a less auspicious birth. As she grows, though, it becomes obvious that she has the rare gift of magic, and her parents couldn't be more pleased. They purchase a state-of-the-art wand and broom and enter her in the Ruthersfield Academy for Witches. While Poppy is an excellent witch, all she really wants to do is bake. When she announces to her parents that she hates magic and just wants to make treats, her parents go to the extreme to stop her, pushing her into the blackest of magic. In this sweet story about true friendship, Poppy is a likable main character. While the accompanying cast is a little flat and an evil-witch story line seems to be dropped altogether, children will like dark-side Poppy and the satisfying ending. Several recipes are included. Recommended this one to fans of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch (Viking, 1989).—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ --Terry Ann Lawler (Reviewed October 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 10, p142)
  • Lowe's energetic first novel is led by 10-year-old Poppy, who was born in the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the town of Potts Bottom. While Poppy has inherited the gift of magic from her highly respected Great-Granny Mabel, she wants nothing to do with it. Baking makes Poppy happy, and after three years at Ruthersfield, a magic school her parents force her to attend, she is fed up. Poppy runs away to the Patisserie, where sympathetic Marie Claire takes her in, but when Poppy's parents drag her home, she snaps and turns them to stone with the "Stop It Now Spell." It's up to Marie Claire and Poppy's friend Charlie to bring Poppy back from the "dark side." Lowe makes the story's arc (and message) clear early on: the Ruthersfield motto translates to "Follow your passion," and Poppy's interest in another witch who crossed to the dark side presages her own transformation. Readers will easily empathize with Poppy and recognize the loneliness and anger that accompany being misunderstood. Several recipes for Poppy's desserts are included. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ann Tobias, A Literary Agency for Children's Books. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 20, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 34, p)
  • Can 10-year-old Poppy convince her parents she wants to be a baker and not a witch in yet another fantasy that blends magic and baking? Poppy Pendle has inherited her magic from her Great-Granny Mabel, but her passion is baking. Her Dursley-like parents send her to the Ruthersfield Academy for young ladies with magic. She excels there, but she hates flying on her broomstick, using her wand and the teasing of the other girls. She runs away to the only place where she is happy, Patisserie Marie Claire, where she can create her own cookies and cakes. When this solution does not pan out, Poppy turns to the dark side of being a witch, hiding in a forsaken cottage and turning animals, her parents, police, birds and squirrels to stone. Her friend Charlie (a girl) and Marie Claire try various "sweet-tempting" plans to bring her back and finally succeed. Poppy and Marie Claire rehab the cottage and open a bakery. Numerous unexplained gaps in the fantasy logic crinkle the storyline, beginning with the "magic" of Poppy's being born in the Patisserie (thus her passion) and ending with her turned-to-stone parents taking two years to thaw. The belabored parental conflict, sugarcoated emotions and convenient plot details are cloying. The 12 recipes at the end are the best part; the rest is just half-baked. (Fantasy. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10145827
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lowe, Natasha
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Potts Bottom
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-realization
  • Bakers and bakeries
  • Magic
  • Family life
  • Witches
  • Schools
  • Self-realization
  • Bakers
  • Magic
  • Families
  • Witches
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
895131
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9781442446793
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012006735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781442446793
  • (OCoLC)777602512
Label
The power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
895131
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9781442446793
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012006735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781442446793
  • (OCoLC)777602512

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
    • Ruiz BranchBorrow it
      1600 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX, 78741, US
      30.2298616 -97.7070109
    • Willie Mae Kirk BranchBorrow it
      3101 Oak Springs Dr., Austin, TX, 78723, US
      30.2729762 -97.699748
    • Yarborough BranchBorrow it
      2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, US
      30.3234684 -97.74072129999999
Processing Feedback ...