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GUESS WHO IS HERE? Maggie! She could definitely be your friend!


See Seashell Contest Below! 


Let your wonderful imagination take you to  Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts where fishing boats hold scary secrets — 


and where Maggie takes on the threats of a grouchy old Cap’n Hatch

with the magical help of her Grammy Apple.


Shsssh. Here she is! 

Hi, I’m Maggie and I have something to whisper to you. Ready?

There are witchy doings on the Island of Nantucket. Seriously!

Can you believe sandpipers doing cartwheels on the beach

and dune grasses doing backbends?

My father thinks I’m making it up to be overly dramatic or

just to create awesome drawings for the art fair. But my dog,

Blissful, knows it’s magic. My witchy Grammy Apple’s magic.


Wait. I’m the only one who saw this. Uh, oh.

Does this mean I’m a witch too?

The kids at school will be so mean about it,

put disgusting things on my desk like a dead jellyfish or pinch

their noses when I pass by. Even so, it would be kind of cool—

to be a witch I mean.


Praise for Witchy Magic and Me, Maggie 

“This is a sweet story that tween girls can relate to on many levels, from the desire to be understood by parents to navigating friendships with girls and boys alike. The book is beautifully written with rich, illustrative language. It reads like the classic stories that I love so much, but with an updated, modern flare that will appear to present-day girls and parents who want to give them quality literature.” – KH Sonrisa

“As a librarian, I predict Maggie will be a sure winner. 8/ 9 yr. old through 12 yr. old kids will identify with Maggie and her magical world. But not only is it a delightfully magical world, but it sends an important message. You will cheer for Maggie! I highly recommend it!” 

“This is a charming and important middle schooler book about Maggie – artist, nature lover, loyal friend, and benevolent witch. By reaching inside and finding her strengths, Maggie ultimately succeeds at asserting herself with an insensitive Dad, a grouchy neighbor, Capt’n Hatch, and a ferocious riptide. Children will identify with her struggle and successes. Wonderful descriptions of Nantucket’s birds, waves, seashells, sounds and smells, as seen through the eyes of young Maggie and depicted in miniature sketches throughout the book. These and the fast pace keep the reader glued to the several unfolding stories. How grandparents, parents, and children resolve differences and express their love is depicted in a convincing way. The concluding Moon Marshmallow recipe represents the universal language of food: how creating tasty dishes is an act creativity, fellowship, and comfort. A unique book and a must read for middle schoolers.”  – Louisa Hoberman

Who I Am

Hi, I’m  Cynthia Magriel Wetzler. I used to be a journalist and wrote many stories for The New York Times. I loved interviewing



and writing about really interesting people.


But I followed my dream and started to write children’s stories because I love to make up magical worlds with magical characters!


Maybe you would like to be a journalist or a writer some day?


I have grown children and live with my husband, Garrett, in Northern Westchester, New York. Our high-spirited little


dog, Rodney, is the total inspiration for Blissful in this book. Here he is. 






 Seashell Contest

Do you take pictures or do you draw? Send your best photo of a seashell (if you live by the ocean) or your best seashell drawing. You can copy your drawing from a photo in a book on shells or ocean life.

Or, if you want, you can draw a lobster. That counts for the contest too. The first three winners will receive a copy of “Witchy Magic and Me, Maggie”. The next three will win a Maggie bookmark. 

Rule: You must be 11 years old or younger—not older!

Please email your entry with an attached drawing.

Click here to enter!

Contact Me

I love to hear from my readers! Here’s how to reach me.

“Witchy Magic and Me, Maggie” is available everywhere books are sold in print and ebook! 

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