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Book Review: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Finding Belonging in a World of Magic

Book cover for Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Calling all middle-grade fiction fans! If you're looking for a read that will transport you to a fantastical world full of relatable characters, look no further than "Witchlings" by Claribel A. Ortega. Set in the Twelve Towns, the story takes place in Ravenskill, a world brimming with a mix of fantasy and contemporary language and items that kids will recognize.


Enter Seven, whose worst nightmare comes true when she fails to get into the coven she desperately wanted and is deemed a "Spare." Alongside her arch-nemesis Valley and a fellow witchling she just met named Thorn, Seven must prove their worth to the community by hunting and killing a monster that is terrorizing Ravenskill.


But "Witchlings" is much more than just a monster-killing story. It's a tale about finding a sense of belonging, with strong themes of friendships, misunderstandings, and self-discovery. The dynamic between Seven, Valley, and Thorn is both engaging and relatable, as they navigate conflicts and successes that are all too familiar to anyone who has experienced the struggle of building their own identity.


If you're looking for a book that packs in mystery, action, and unforgettable characters, "Witchlings" is a must-read. And if you can't get enough of the magic, be sure to check out the next book in the series, "Witchlings: The Golden Frog Games."

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