Upside-Down Magic #5: Weather or Not – Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins

The students at Dunwiddle Magic School are preparing for Bing Day, their town’s most important annual magical holiday. Nory and Willa have been partnered up by Ms. Starr to work on a Bing Day project but the girls can’t see eye to eye. Nory thinks Willa is a crybaby, Willa thinks Nory is bossy and Elliott, who’s friends with both girls, is stuck in the middle.

I loved that Willa’s anxiety is addressed in this book. We need more kid’s books that include mental health in the narrative and this book introduced what anxiety feels like in an age appropriate way.

I was absolutely delighted to learn about Bing Day, more so because the person whose birthday is celebrated each year was a woman and her life partner was also a woman! Between them they helped save so many lives with their magic.

Carrot, Ms. Starr’s rabbit, is back in this book and now she’s spending more time in the Upside-Down Magic classroom. I love her sweet nature and wisdom. She also showed her cheeky side in this book.

The food I most wanted to eat while reading were white chocolate polar bears with marshmallow filling.

I now have to wait until September to read the next book in the series! NOOOOOO!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

When Willa’s upside-down magic rains, it pours. Clouds form under ceilings. Classrooms get flooded. Nory and the kids in Ms. Starr’s Upside-Down Magic class always have umbrellas nearby, just in case. 

Willa hates being the source of such sogginess. And yet the more she rains, the worse she feels … and the worse she feels, the more she rains. 

Nory, meanwhile, can’t wait to celebrate her first Bing Day – her town’s magical holiday. There’s even a parade! Too bad she’s stuck doing her Bing Day class project with drippy Willa. To make things worse, Elliott seems to be taking Willa’s side on everything. 

All the storminess is threatening to flood the UDM friendships. Will they drown in misery? Or can they use their magic to make the storm clouds disappear?

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