Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

by Julie Abe
#1 in a duology
August 2020 – Little, Brown (US)

Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic…
Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Adept Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn’t, she’ll be banned from using magic—forever. For most young witches and wizards, it’s a simple enough test:

ONE: Help your town, do good all around.
TWO: Live there for one moon, don’t leave too soon.
THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.

The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep.

When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful sorcerer, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her “semi-magical fixes” repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva’s bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she’s grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.

Julie Abe has created a rich and imaginative world, inspired by Japan, that celebrates friendship, grit, being yourself and, perhaps most importantly, believing in yourself!

Julie Abe has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently resides in Southern California with her husband and imaginary dog, where she works full-time during the day in digital marketing and spends her nights creating stories about kids going on magical adventures. http://www.julieandbooks.com