Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 16th 2010
Life seems to have it in for Franny Flanders.
Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. The only karma Franny’s got is bad karma.
Then Franny gets her hands on a box of magic recipes that could fix all of her problems. It could even change the world! Finally, life is looking up.
But Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be played with. When you mess with the universe, it can bite back in unexpected ways.
When Franny discovers how to use her grandmother's magical box of recipes, she decides to put it to good use – solving all of her problems. Let's just say there's some seriously hilarious and horrible results to this use of magic.
I really loved this book. The plot moved and had some parts that had me keeling over laughing and other parts that made me go "awww". Definitely is a great book for girls in 4th grade and through middle school.
There are so many fun characters in this book, I just cracked up. Franny is your average middle schooler – sorta clueless when it comes to doing the right thing, but with the right idea in mind. She's funny and just wants to fit in and have a stress-free 7th grade year.
Franny's grandmother is a stitch – she's kooky and has some strange extracurricular activities that includes traveling to different parts of the world.
And then all the side characters… just wow. Some normal, most of them strange and out there, and definitely all of them amusing to watch interact.
Final Verdict: I think anyone who has been in school can relate to this book. I'm glad I didn't grow up in Franny's school – which is overly full of cliches and no real in-betweens. Definitely a fun book and I think girls will be the main audience for this novel.