Toni Gallagher is back with her latest book for tweens, Twist My Charm: Love Potion #11. Toni began her career in reality television as story editor on The Real World and Road Rules, and is currently an Executive Producer of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Toni’s work “addresses concerns familiar to preteens about fitting in and friendships,” according to Kirkus Reviews. We’ll be talking school, friendship, love spells, and loads more!
Middle school crushes are WAY more complicated when you have a love potion.
Everyone knows love potions don t really work. But Cleo got one as a gift. And it would be crazy not to at least try it . . . right? The plan is simple: make Cleo s ex best friend Samantha and her (secret) crush Larry fall in love. If it works, Sam will be so happy, she ll want to be Cleo s friend again! But when Sam gets suspicious, only Larry drinks the love potion. And now suddenly Larry is in love with . . . Cleo?
And then it gets worse. Cleo s dad drank the other glass of punch, and suddenly he s in love with Samantha s mom. Which would have been really cool when Cleo and Sam were still friends . . . but now that they re frenemies? Disaster! Is there a potion to make everything go back to normal?
When a package arrives in the mail for Cleo Nelson, she can t wait to open it. The birthday present is seven months late, but it s from Uncle Arnie and that can only mean one thing: magic! Inside is a voodoo doll complete with instructions for making happy, wonderful things happen to Cleo and her friends err, friend. Just one, really. But maybe the doll can change that. . . .
Cleo can t wait to try out the magic with her friend, Samantha. They start small by wishing for treats (surprise pizza!), but then their spells start to grow. And when they wish for popularity, they accidentally get the popular girl in school in major trouble with the principal. Can happy spells be twisted into bad magic