Emily Feather is the ordinary one in her family. Her mother is an amazing fashion designer, her father writes fantastical horror stories, her older sisters are good at school and popular, and her younger brother is everyone's darling. The only thing Emily can do that is special is cook - and even that doesn't always work the way she wants. But sometimes, especially recently, she's been seeing things in the house. Strange, possibly magical things. Now her family is acting strange - what is going on?
I love that this isn't the typical "ordinary girl discovers she's extraordinary" type of fantasy. Emily Feather is, well, just Emily all the way through to the end, even though magical things happen around her. She has to accept that her family loves her even though she's not magical and there are hints that she'll have to find her place in a world where she doesn't fit in.
This is a short, delightful read at less than 200 pages. It's difficult to find these light, magical stories for young readers, especially ones that don't hammer home some lesson about Friendship, Being Yourself, or Other Moral Virtues. Sometimes you just want to read a frothy, magical story with some thrilling moments, a little danger, and a happy ending.
Verdict: Sadly, this isn't published in the US - YET!, but it's quite easy to purchase online, either through Amazon, Book Depository, or Baker and Taylor, which allows you to order items from the UK (although they can take a loooong time to deliver). I can't wait to read the sequels and I can see a lot of young girls adoring this series. Most boys aren't going to pick up something that's so purple and floaty, but if you can get them to ignore the cover they'll enjoy it as well. More than worth a little extra time and money to purchase and add to your collection.
ISBN: 9781407130927; Published 2013 by Scholastic (UK division); Purchased for myself; Added to the library wishlist