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Hide and Seek: 01/05/21

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins is the seventh of the Upside-Down Magic series. Nory has gotten her magic skills honed enough to reapply to Sage Academy. This time she passes and is given a January start date.

While Nory is trying to decide whether or not she wants to switch schools, Dunwiddle school suffers a flooding. Nory's class is sent to Sage while the school is repaired. For Nory, this is bad news. She's living back at home while her friends are in the dorms. She's having trouble following the rules and she's frustrated to see how unprepared Sage is for handling upside-down magic.

Now it was interesting reading a book set at Sage after having watched the awful Disney adaptation of the first book. Book seven is the first time we truly see Sage beyond where the test is administered. The way it's described is remarkably similar to the Disney movie.

The part I liked most, though, was how Sage ended up being a good fit for one of the Dunwiddle students. While Sage is proud of its rules and its uniform, there are teachers and clubs who are willing and able to see the potential in upside-down magic. Another bit I liked was seeing Rory interact with her siblings and more importantly, how they stood up to their father on her behalf.

The next book is Night Owl!, scheduled for release on June 1, 2021.

Four stars

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