It is so delightful to see the growth in the number and quality of books for the younger reader. There was a time when it felt as if it was only reading schemes that were available. thankfully this is no longer the case.
This is the first in a series of stories featuring the young witch Autumn Moonbeam and her love of all things to do with dancing. This young heroine really want to make a success of her dancing, but she is unfortunately one of those people who are always accident prone. she hopes that she will eventually make it big and her real wish is to be accepted into a dance team. When her friend Leif, who attends Sparkledale Dance Academy, brings a flyer into school, Autumn gets very excited; the Academy is about to hold trials for young people to try out for their competitive dance team, The Black Cats. However, Autumn’s nasty neighbour Severina is also determined to make the team and she is willing to go to great lengths to achieve her end, even putting a spell on Autumn that turns her into a black cat. The question is, will our heroine achieve her dream?
What a delightful story that will really resonate with so many young children. The characters are at that age where they are wanting to branch out and do things, but they are also very vulnerable and worried about whether they can fulfill their dreams. It is great to see a story where the friends and adults are all very supportive and even the ‘nasty’ Severina is made to understand the consequences of her behaviour and starts to mend her ways. It is a great read for fans of series such as Amelia Fang and Leonora Bolt.