Magic by Moonlight
by D. L. Cocchio

Magic Moon Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-453-75861-8.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 01/18/2012


What a bewitching story! I had forgotten how fun young-adult books were. Not only was I captivated from the time I read Wish Amulet and Voodoo Spells and Chants, I couldn't put Magic by Moonlight down until I found out what happened to the three friends who uncovered a hidden secret.

Magic by Moonlight is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692—during the witch trials. Three modern day kids—Emily, Megan and Ben—are preparing to act in a school play about the Salem Witch Trials. While making a list of what they need to make the play realistic, they decide that it would be interesting to go back in time and experience history first-hand. When the three meet up with children their age who are living that difficult period in history, they are surprised to learn more than they bargained for.

Melding history with fantasy is a great way to learn about the past and how other people lived and believed. I also enjoyed the photos and drawings that appeared on the pages.

Now that I've read this story, I want to go back and read Cocchio's first novel, Be Careful What You Wish For, to see what period of time she chose to feature.

D. L. Cocchio has enjoyed writing stories for children 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. Cocchio has a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Education. She is an elementary school teacher. Debbie lives in NJ with her husband, Gary and daughter, Jen and their black and white cat named Peyton. Visit her website.

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