Hilary McKay has written a beautiful story about family and finding magic where you least expect it.
When Abi’s father marries Polly, Granny Grace who helped raise Abi after her mother died returns to Jamaica. The newly blended family moves into an ivy-covered house in London that has a spooky vibe and a lantern outside the front door described as “straight out of Narnia.” Abi may want to escape into her books, but the house has other ideas. She soon understands what Granny Grace calls green magic, that unexplained force that comes from nature. When she joins forces with brooding teenage stepbrother Max to protect six-year-old brother Louis from a mysterious magical visitor, she discovers family isn’t just something you are born into. Sometimes it is something you choose.
With exquisite writing, perfect pacing and characters that tug at your heart, The Time of Green Magic is a must read.