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Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars a Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others. Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared. In order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.


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Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars a Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others. Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared. In order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

56 review for The Magic Thief

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    I adored this book and found it so much fun to read. Pepper is a gnome living in a town in New York populated by supernatural beings. Even though gnomes and witches aren't supposed to get close, her best friend, Luna, is a witch in training and a perfect companion for Pepper. To earn extra money, Pepper uses her special connection to animals to pet sit the familiars of many neighborhood family. However, one day, someone starts stealing the familiars' powers thus breaking their magical link with I adored this book and found it so much fun to read. Pepper is a gnome living in a town in New York populated by supernatural beings. Even though gnomes and witches aren't supposed to get close, her best friend, Luna, is a witch in training and a perfect companion for Pepper. To earn extra money, Pepper uses her special connection to animals to pet sit the familiars of many neighborhood family. However, one day, someone starts stealing the familiars' powers thus breaking their magical link with their owners. Pepper, who truly loves the animals in her care, wants nothing more than to help, but it might cause her her life in the process. This is a perfect middle grade read and I wish books like this were around when I was in that target age range. Pepper and her friend Luna are great friends and the relationship Pepper has with her family is like many "normal" families which is saying a lot because they are gnomes. Moat does a great job of weaving the town's supernatural beings together and I'm only hoping this is a the beginning of a wonderful series full of action, animals and fun. I really enjoy a good middle grade read from time to time and since Moat wrote one of my favorite novels of last year, "Dog Gone," I knew I would have to pick up this one as well. If you love animals, supernatural beings, friend and family bonds and lots of action, then you and/or your children should consider reading "The Supernatural Pet Sitter."

  2. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Pepper Neely is not your typical thirteen-year-old girl. She’s a gnome who, in her spare time, pet sits for all the familiars (magical pets for witches/warlocks) in her town. She can communicate with animals and takes care of these pets when their owners are away. It’s only when she gets a phone call from a frantic warlock that Pepper realizes someone is stealing local familiars’ magic. Now, with the help of Pepper’s best friend and witch, Luna, and her brother Jax, Pepper tries to figure out wh Pepper Neely is not your typical thirteen-year-old girl. She’s a gnome who, in her spare time, pet sits for all the familiars (magical pets for witches/warlocks) in her town. She can communicate with animals and takes care of these pets when their owners are away. It’s only when she gets a phone call from a frantic warlock that Pepper realizes someone is stealing local familiars’ magic. Now, with the help of Pepper’s best friend and witch, Luna, and her brother Jax, Pepper tries to figure out who’s doing this dark magic and save the familiars. Will she be able to stop the magic thief in time or has Pepper put herself in mortal danger? I loved this book! Filled with a magical world trying to co-exist amongst humans, it reminded me of Harry Potter but with gnomes, witches/warlocks, wood sprites and even werewolves. There’s family drama, supernatural elements, life lessons and a mystery to solve all rolled into one story. There’s plenty of action and the characters are fully developed. I’d rate it PG because there’s certain situations in which younger readers might not understand. Overall, a clean fantasy adventure both boys and girls (and adults) will enjoy. I highly recommend and can’t wait for the next installment in this series! Favorite Character: Pepper. I love everything about her from her inner thoughts to her impulsive nature but it’s her love for animals that endears her to me. She cares not for herself but does anything she can to help those pets she sits for. Her caring spirit and her loyalty to her best friend, Luna, bursts from the page and I chuckled to myself each time she got in “trouble”. A true thirteen-year-old in every sense. My Rating: 5 stars This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    G. Miki

    Pepper Neely is a very special pet sitter because not only is she a little different in and of her own self—she’s a gnome—but the animals she’s responsible for are rather unusual, too. Most are witch’s familiars, and they’re magic. Now someone is trying to mess with them, and thirteen-year-old Pepper is on the case. This is a fun book with no rough edges for parents to worry about. The action is sweet but with many exciting twists and turns that show Pepper’s sterling qualities—and the gnome fam Pepper Neely is a very special pet sitter because not only is she a little different in and of her own self—she’s a gnome—but the animals she’s responsible for are rather unusual, too. Most are witch’s familiars, and they’re magic. Now someone is trying to mess with them, and thirteen-year-old Pepper is on the case. This is a fun book with no rough edges for parents to worry about. The action is sweet but with many exciting twists and turns that show Pepper’s sterling qualities—and the gnome family is decent and tightly knit. Definitely something young people will enjoy and with nothing for a parent to worry about. Good story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elena Alvarez Dosil

    Pepper Neely is a thirteen-year old gnome who, in order to make some extra money, spends part of her free time pet sitting familiars. She is also a special gnome since, despite the fact that gnomes and witches do not usually mix, her best friend is a young witch. One day several familiars start losing their magic, and only Pepper, who has a strong connection to them, will be able to help, but also putting herself in great danger. This book is intended for young readers, even though I still enjoye Pepper Neely is a thirteen-year old gnome who, in order to make some extra money, spends part of her free time pet sitting familiars. She is also a special gnome since, despite the fact that gnomes and witches do not usually mix, her best friend is a young witch. One day several familiars start losing their magic, and only Pepper, who has a strong connection to them, will be able to help, but also putting herself in great danger. This book is intended for young readers, even though I still enjoyed it very much despite being in my late thirties. The characters are solidly built and it is very easy to connect to them and understand their motivations. The writing style is simple and easy to understand, while keeping the narrative interesting. I was intrigued about who could be stealing the magic from familiars, and I am sure your readers will love this. The book promotes values such us responsibility, love, cooperation, and acceptance, even when two individuals are very different. It also shows that animals are very sensitive beings, capable of love, and that they should be treated with respect. Barbara Goldie delivered a wonderful character interpretation, especially of Pepper. All characters had different and distinctive voices. Her narration is clear and the audio production is spotless. I found it a bit monotone during the narration parts, but her character interpretation made up for it. I really liked this book, and I like the fact that it can be enjoyed by young and not so young. A great book for the whole family. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Diane Moat. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a very enjoyable children’s book. Pepper is a great character. I love that she’s a gnome. It means that she doesn’t have magic herself other than her ability to calm and sometimes communicate with animals. Her family has friends all along the spectrum of characters: witches, warlock, werewolves, other gnomes, etc. She’s also not your typical tall, athletic heroine. She’s short, stout, and doesn’t fret over her looks. That’s my kind of hero! There’s plenty of animals in this story as well This was a very enjoyable children’s book. Pepper is a great character. I love that she’s a gnome. It means that she doesn’t have magic herself other than her ability to calm and sometimes communicate with animals. Her family has friends all along the spectrum of characters: witches, warlock, werewolves, other gnomes, etc. She’s also not your typical tall, athletic heroine. She’s short, stout, and doesn’t fret over her looks. That’s my kind of hero! There’s plenty of animals in this story as well. King Arthur was a favorite, being an elderly tortoise. Each critter has its own needs, not just for their species but as individuals. It’s horrible that someone is stealing the power of these animal familiars. Pepper is key in figuring this out since the magical community is initially worried it was some virus or magical affliction. The friendship between Pepper and Luna is a good solid one even though they come from different parts of the magical community. Luna is from a family of witches and is in training to be one herself. A witch’s powers are supposed to be kept top secret and never to be revealed outside of the witching community. However, she and Pepper have been best friends for many years and Pepper may have inadvertently learned some small things about witchcraft. That’s going to cause some complications with parents all around! Speaking of parents, I found Mrs. Pepper to be a rather strict parent at first. Later in the story, that’s explained as part of the Gnomish culture so I was OK with it. Pepper’s dad works in a local salt mine near their town of Ithaca, NY. He’s vital in keeping the mine running smoothly even if the non-magical folk have no idea of his importance. Pepper’s older brother Jax was also a favorite character. At first, he was just an annoying older brother but he plays a bigger role later one. The mystery of the stolen familiar powers was pretty straight forward but our villain, once revealed, was a scary and potentially deadly foe. The ending is full of action and suspense as Pepper and companions have to outwit this antagonist. I was quite satisfied by how things turned out. There’s no cliff hangers but there’s plenty of room to explore another adventure with Pepper. The Narration: Barbara Goldie was perfect as Pepper. She has this great voice for this Gnomish kid who’s caught up in adult business. Goldie had distinct voices for all the characters and her male voices were believable, especially for Jax. I liked her voice for the villain as well. The pixie voice was quite well done too. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Diane Moat. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Jones

    To be anything supernatural would be exciting, terrifying, and completely new! If you were born with it, it may not feel like such an incredible thing...but what if someone was taking it away? Would you reevaluate what you've been given? Would you want it gone? Most importantly, when someone tells you not to go searching out trouble on your own—would you listen? Pepper and Luna are the best of friends, a gnome and a witch—a friendship that is frowned upon by both communities. Can both girls figu To be anything supernatural would be exciting, terrifying, and completely new! If you were born with it, it may not feel like such an incredible thing...but what if someone was taking it away? Would you reevaluate what you've been given? Would you want it gone? Most importantly, when someone tells you not to go searching out trouble on your own—would you listen? Pepper and Luna are the best of friends, a gnome and a witch—a friendship that is frowned upon by both communities. Can both girls figure out what is happening with their magic before they get into a lot of trouble for working together against their parents’ wishes? Pepper is magic-born because a gnome will always have the capability of using magic. A witch on the other hand, is not magic-born—instead, they learn to channel magic from an early age through spells. Pepper gets a pet-sitting job in the neighborhood and learns that she can understand the familiars that she takes care of. A familiar is a magic pet of sorts, one that guides witches and warlocks. Pepper and Luna start feeling like they are being watched after a few of the familiars suddenly lose their magic. When that starts happening, not only do the familiars no longer have magic, but their owners lose theirs as well. After visiting with a few of her regulars, Pepper begins to figure out that someone may be steeling their magic, but who would want to hurt them by doing that? Moat has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters are fun and entertaining with personalities that are enigmatic. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Goldie’s representation of each character seemed to be spot-on! If you are a reader of paranormal mystery and middle grade fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Supernatural Pet Sitter series, the reader can jump right in. A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Magic Thief by Diane Moat, narrated by Barbara Goldie.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀

    *Be sure to check out this review on my blog, with an audio excerpt and giveaway! No one ever thinks of gnomes! Pepper is a brave gnome, finding her place in an ever-changing world. As she learns more about herself, her family, and the mysteries surrounding her people, she faces an evil that threatens her family, friends, and her life. Together with her brother, Jax, and her best friend, Luna, they take brave an adversary and mysteries they never thought possible. To be completely honest, g *Be sure to check out this review on my blog, with an audio excerpt and giveaway! No one ever thinks of gnomes! Pepper is a brave gnome, finding her place in an ever-changing world. As she learns more about herself, her family, and the mysteries surrounding her people, she faces an evil that threatens her family, friends, and her life. Together with her brother, Jax, and her best friend, Luna, they take brave an adversary and mysteries they never thought possible. To be completely honest, gnomes freak me out. When I see them, I just don't like them, and usually cringe. The synopsis for this book sounded pretty good though, so I thought I'd give it a try. A story about gnomes can't be that creepy, right? Luckily, this one was pretty cool. I enjoyed the depth the author went into about the life of gnomes and their culture, exploring them as if they were real in our modern world. Mixed with other cultures of folklore and legends, their existence with humans was entertaining. My only complaint for this book, is the fact it seems written for a lower reading level than the story is set for. The plot fits middle school children, while the writing and narration seem fitting for a younger audience than that. Some children may lose interest because of it, however it wasn't too distracting overall. This is a book I would recommend to just about anyone who enjoys books of this level and nature. The plot was interesting, it was quick, and left me curious as to what Pepper would do next. Definitely entertaining. *I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review. ~Rose @Desert Rose Reviews

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I really enjoyed reading this book a lot. It is action and adventure packed with lots of turns and twists. The characters in the book includes a gnomes,witches,warlocks,wood sprite,werewolves tortoise,skunk,Chihuahua..etc. I learnt a lot about gnomes and the differences between gnomes and witches and familiars (their pets).Teaching of responsibility and what true real friendship really is.A must read for people who love magic and fantasy ,animals,mysteries and exploring caves Targeted mostly for I really enjoyed reading this book a lot. It is action and adventure packed with lots of turns and twists. The characters in the book includes a gnomes,witches,warlocks,wood sprite,werewolves tortoise,skunk,Chihuahua..etc. I learnt a lot about gnomes and the differences between gnomes and witches and familiars (their pets).Teaching of responsibility and what true real friendship really is.A must read for people who love magic and fantasy ,animals,mysteries and exploring caves Targeted mostly for preteen and teenagers but it definitely can be enjoyed by all readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elissa

    Witches *Make* Magic and Gnomes *Are* Magic Clearly aimed at a middle school audience, nonetheless this paranormal tale held my interest throughout. The narrator, Barbara Goldie, has an incredible range as she does high pitched young girls down to the deeper tones of adult males. It seems that gnomes and witches generally do not mix because witches *make* magic and gnomes *are* magic. Our gnome heroine Pepper and her witch friend Luna have, however, struck up a very close friendship and work tog Witches *Make* Magic and Gnomes *Are* Magic Clearly aimed at a middle school audience, nonetheless this paranormal tale held my interest throughout. The narrator, Barbara Goldie, has an incredible range as she does high pitched young girls down to the deeper tones of adult males. It seems that gnomes and witches generally do not mix because witches *make* magic and gnomes *are* magic. Our gnome heroine Pepper and her witch friend Luna have, however, struck up a very close friendship and work together when things go pear-shaped. Nice moral here!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rasma

    A little too much stuffed into too few chapters I loved this book gnomes aren't garden decorating items think more like dwarves of snow white they are Earth people. Pepper is a gnome who is magic, her friend Luna is a witch that practices magic and Pepper babysits familiars or witch's magical animals, and other magical or supernatural creatures. One problem familiars are losing their magic and so are the witch's and warlocks owned by them. Who is it how will they stop this and why can Pepper help A little too much stuffed into too few chapters I loved this book gnomes aren't garden decorating items think more like dwarves of snow white they are Earth people. Pepper is a gnome who is magic, her friend Luna is a witch that practices magic and Pepper babysits familiars or witch's magical animals, and other magical or supernatural creatures. One problem familiars are losing their magic and so are the witch's and warlocks owned by them. Who is it how will they stop this and why can Pepper help Luna with magic learn all this and more in this fast paced book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim Owen

    Enjoyed much. Good character idea and development. Pre-adolescent diction good but bled into the narration. May be to "relate" to audience but was distracting. Generally well paced but battle scene with wolves was weak. Good suspense and auxiliary characters. Used "ancestor," for "descendants," which was confusing. Also read the sequel, The Curse, and will look for book three. This is not Ocean at the End of the Lane but it is near Ella Enchanted. Have some problem with pre-adolescent with this Enjoyed much. Good character idea and development. Pre-adolescent diction good but bled into the narration. May be to "relate" to audience but was distracting. Generally well paced but battle scene with wolves was weak. Good suspense and auxiliary characters. Used "ancestor," for "descendants," which was confusing. Also read the sequel, The Curse, and will look for book three. This is not Ocean at the End of the Lane but it is near Ella Enchanted. Have some problem with pre-adolescent with this maturity. Would be better if a bit older.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula Dyches

    This story is about a young gnome named Pepper who pet sits for wizard's familiars (magical pets). This is a mystery and adventure perfect for the whole family. I listened with my 10 and 14 year old boys and we really enjoyed it. Although, I would say it's geared towards elementary age kids, really it's great for anyone who likes fantasy, mystery, adventure and books like The Familiars, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia. The narrator did a great and was fun to listen to. —I was given this fre This story is about a young gnome named Pepper who pet sits for wizard's familiars (magical pets). This is a mystery and adventure perfect for the whole family. I listened with my 10 and 14 year old boys and we really enjoyed it. Although, I would say it's geared towards elementary age kids, really it's great for anyone who likes fantasy, mystery, adventure and books like The Familiars, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia. The narrator did a great and was fun to listen to. —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This book is so cute! You wave witches and gnomes and familiars galore in this book and the action is almost non stop. This book is great for YA and adults as well!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    •audiobook• "Similar to The Golden Compass ..." I liked the gnomes and witches. The world building is immaculate. It was a definite solid 4 stars until ... ... My young son (almost 20) surprised me with a visit. He silently crept into my home while I was in my home office, listening to this, working on my laptop. He startled me by either A) suddenly speaking or B) saying, "That sounds like The Golden Compass, except it's about familiars and not daemons, and it sounds less religious." And so I reali •audiobook• "Similar to The Golden Compass ..." I liked the gnomes and witches. The world building is immaculate. It was a definite solid 4 stars until ... ... My young son (almost 20) surprised me with a visit. He silently crept into my home while I was in my home office, listening to this, working on my laptop. He startled me by either A) suddenly speaking or B) saying, "That sounds like The Golden Compass, except it's about familiars and not daemons, and it sounds less religious." And so I realized: A) YIPPEE! I have a visitor and B) OMGoddess! He's right! Sooo. I DO like it. A lot. I do recommend it as an easy to follow cast in a fantasy setting. As long as you somewhat liked the concept of The Golden Compass. Not everyone has a familiar; the main character has a tight and connected family. It is different from the aforementioned series and very subtly sweet. The narrator is perfectly perfect for this book. The animals are wondrous. I have a fondness for turtles anyway :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erica (The Literary Apothecary)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tianna Greene

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    shashi

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Annelise Lestrange

    Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :) I received this copy from Silver Dagger Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D *~.Book Analysis.~* Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :) The Supernatural Petsitter was really cute, I read it practically in one sitting. Despite being a Middle Grade book, I enjoyed myself immensely with Pepper and her adventure to look for the magic thief. It gave me the breath of fresh air I Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :) I received this copy from Silver Dagger Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D *~.Book Analysis.~* Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :) The Supernatural Petsitter was really cute, I read it practically in one sitting. Despite being a Middle Grade book, I enjoyed myself immensely with Pepper and her adventure to look for the magic thief. It gave me the breath of fresh air I needed from romances and from first person narratives, but sometimes, the narrative dragged a bit. All in all, four stars! As the spoilers indicated, the narrative was third person from Pepper’s point of view and I always find it magical to be inside a child’s or a teenie’s head. They see the world in a much simpler and fresher way, I miss that sparkle of wonder that they got. Moat portrayed Pepper very well during the narrative and even with some punctual dragging, I still found this story lovely. The characters were very true to themselves, for good and bad, and we can see them evolving and developing as the plot goes, especially Pepper and Luna. Honestly, I need a physical copy of this book to hug right now!! *~.Cover Analysis.~* THIS COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY! I fell in love with a two-lines-description and now I felt my love being justified <3 I loved the lively style of the illustration! You can clearly see that is a middle grade book in all the good ways. The font used on the title also captured my heart, as it gave a mysterious air to the story with its gray shades without heaving on the design. Also, it’s a very clean cover in a writing sense and I loved that too. ~*~ Overall, if you like Middle Grade books, friendship themes and a lot of magical creatures on your pages, you must pick The Supernatural Petsitter <3 Thank you so much for reading this review! Also, thanks so much to Silver Dagger Book Tours for my review copy =D

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Banks

        I don't see many books about gnomes, and even rarer still to see them as good POV characters. Plus, pet sitting and there's a wolf on the cover - How could I resist?  Pepper Neely is a gnome, which are quite different than most tales have you believe. I loved finding out about it all, their abilities and their relationships with the other paranormal species. I have a theory about the witches and gnomes past history, that I'm very curious to see what happens next. Her family lives in     I don't see many books about gnomes, and even rarer still to see them as good POV characters. Plus, pet sitting and there's a wolf on the cover - How could I resist?  Pepper Neely is a gnome, which are quite different than most tales have you believe. I loved finding out about it all, their abilities and their relationships with the other paranormal species. I have a theory about the witches and gnomes past history, that I'm very curious to see what happens next. Her family lives in a nice middle class neighborhood, though nowadays they seem richer as poverty rises. Traditionally strict and loving, they're magically normal. School, rules, groundings, chores, homework...with a few cave explorations, pet sitting jobs, and the magic thief running around. Pepper and her best friend Luna are adorable together, how they make their relationship work and manuever to hang out. It's too bad Luna was rather bland, besides her magic. I'm hoping like Pepper, this adventure will give them the needed boost to put more pep in their step. I liked that the narrator, Barbara Goldie, sounded right for Pepper Neely. Sounding so young is impressive. However, she spoke so slowly, that I sped it up twice as fast (which I never do). I didn't have this issue with other MG books I've listened to, but maybe it's intentional for kids or better read on paper. There was plenty of downtime between plot progression and I wish Pepper had been a bit more rebellious for more action. I was expecting a mystery busting duo that made plans and laid traps, but felt they more mundane, like two goody-two shoes stumbling into it all. I don't know if it's the narrator or the story or both, but even sped up and given how short it is, it felt like it dragged a bit, hence the four stars.   Recommended for kids wanting stability of family and friends with magic, pets, and a mystery afoot. Wholesome, reassuring, and nice confidence boost for girls feeling the pressure of growing up different like Pepper.     $25 Visa Card Runs Sep. 3rd-10th⎮Continental US Only The Supernatural Pet Sitter Giveaway: $25 Visa Card    This review was originally posted on The Layaway Dragon

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