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Weekend Reads: “Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel”

Hi, everyone. I thought I’d share something seasonal and light this week. Fans of the delightful Hocus Pocus film are sure to like this book.

Hocus Pocus & The All New SequelHocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine that your dad is the local high school history teacher, and that you’re in his class. That’s where Poppy Dennison finds herself. She’s got a crush on her classmate, Isabella, who wants to ask Mr. Dennison all kinds of questions about something he’d rather forget.

That “something” is how he and his friends released the Sanderson sisters 25 years earlier, and visited all kinds of unexpected witchery on Salem, Mass.

Yep, he’s *that* Max Dennison … the virgin who lit the Black Flame Candle in Hocus Pocus.

The book starts out with the original story, so that readers have a re-cap, and then moves into the new tale. Of course, Poppy and her friends inadvertently release the Sanderson sisters again … and now there are even more problems, because Winnie, Mary, and Sarah are seriously irate about having spent 25 years in Hell … again.

Honestly, this is a cute tale that would be suitable for high school age kids and up. There are some moments that younger kids, depending on their age, would doubtless find too scary. The honest dealing with a teenager coming to grips with both being gay and having a crush on someone she’s sure doesn’t return her interest was refreshing.

This book was a fun, seasonal read. There are laughs, poignant moments, and scary stuff … but in the end this is a story about the importance of friendship and being kind to one another. I enjoyed it.

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