Friday, May 20, 2011

Children's Book Review: Magic by Moonlight by D.L. Cocchio

Magic By Moonlight (ISBN-13: 9781453758618) was published by Magic Moon Press through Amazon and is available at, or on the website.


With a magical amulet in hand, three friends are whisked back in time to the Salem Witch Hunts, a terrible time in U.S. history. When Tituba, the Paris' slave, secretly teaches the children a lot more than housekeeping, like voodoo, fortune-telling, and spell casting, it leads to utter chaos in the village. Ultimately, Emily, Megan and Ben uncover a hidden secret which may alter the course of history.

Can they get the villagers to see what's really causing the fits and tantrums before they get accused of being witches themselves? Follow the friends on a fantastic adventure as they uncover a mystery when they travel back in time.

My Review:

This is a great book to share with your children, ages 8-12 yrs.of age, as an intro to history or the young adult fiction genre.  Having come from Massachusetts and learned about the Salem Witch Trials in school and through field trips, it was nice to see a book written about these true witch trials, in a way that can be both educational and fun to read with your child.  Even though my daughter is too young to read and understand this book right now, I, myself, read the book and shared with a friend who had children ages 8 and 10.  They loved the book.  The mom said it was easy to understand, and opened up discussion with their children about Salem and the witches.  And, best of all, because of this book, they are planning a trip to Salem this summer to learn more.  Now, the children are turned on to reading other books about true events that happened.  

If your children are learning about the Salem Witch Trials or are history buffs -- or, love adventure -- then, this is a must read book.  There is no difficult vocabulary and descriptions that you would feel uncomfortable reading with your young child.  Who knows...maybe you will create a history lover out of your child after reading this page turner.

About the Author:

D. L. Cocchio has enjoyed writing stories since she was a child and is the author of two books, who enjoys reading, writing, and crafts.  She is fascinated by all things mystical and magical. Her first novel, Be Careful What You Wish For, was published in 2003. Magic By Moonlight, her second book, was released in Feb. 2011. Cocchio has a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Education. She is an elementary school teacher and author. Debbie lives in N.J. with her husband, Gary and daughter, Jen. They have a black and white cat named Peyton.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the author in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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