HI, MIDDLE GRADERS! It's summer!GUESS WHO IS HERE? Maggie! She could definitely be your friend!
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.