Poison Potion by Linda Chapman, illustrated by Lucy Fleming  

Poison Potion (Star Friends, Book 6) by Linda Chapman, illustrated by Lucy Fleming. Tiger Tales, c2019, 2021. 9781664340008

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

What did you like about the book?  When readers last saw the Star Friends, the four girls knew there was a mysterious stranger using dark magic in their seaside town of Westport.  Now Mia is beset by terrible dreams that show a cloaked woman casting spells and creating potions in the Star Friends’ magic clearing.  Mia and her friends are quite sure that these dreams are showing true events, so they set out to uncover the identity of this strange figure.  Meanwhile, at school, they continue to deal with the bullying behavior of new girl Lizzie, even though Lizzie’s mom Elizabeth is trying very hard to relive her childhood friendship with Mia’s mother.  Elizabeth has moved back to town and is selling homemade anti-aging face cream, and coincidentally, many of the adults in town are suddenly acting like teenagers.  Mia realizes that “when the adults start behaving strangely it usually means dark magic is going on,” but the girls are in for a dangerous surprise when they uncover the real truth about the source of the dark magic.

Readers were introduced to Elizabeth and Lizzie in Book 5 of the series, and might not be as surprised as the Star Friends were to realize what is going on.  As with previous books, Poison Potion admirably balances cute magical scenes with the girls and their Star Animals, fairly creepy interactions with dark magic villains, and relatable friendship dilemmas, and will likely leave the audience ready for the next adventure.  

Anything you did not like about the book?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? Series fans will definitely be excited for this conclusion to the Lizzie story arc.  The series should be read in order, and is well-suited for 3rd and 4th grade fantasy fans of series like Rescue Princesses (or need a step up from Rainbow Magic).

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.

Date of review: October 12, 2021

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