by Kate Saunders
You may not know it, but magic is everywhere. You go through your day never noticing it, but it’s there. Well, at least it is in The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.
Oz and Lily didn’t know about magic either until their family arrived at 18 Skittle Street. Their dad had just inherited the property from his Uncle Pierre. A bit strange because he had never met his uncle and the house had been empty for nearly seventy years. The twins hadn’t been expecting much, but everything seemed perfectly intriguing once they got there. The house was large and homey, with a terrific backyard, and the workshop where the, once famous, Spoffard confections had been made still smelled of chocolate. There seemed to be a cat (something Lily had always wanted); maybe the same one in the photograph of Great Uncle Pierre if that could be possible. The electricity was still on. Incredibly, the house was everything they could possibly want or need and so the family moved in.
In their first night at the house Oz and Lily learn they have been brought there for a reason. They are the only ones able to keep Isadore Spoffard from selling Immortality Chocolate to the terrorist group known as the Schmertz Gang eager to take over the world. Recruited by Demerara – indeed the exact same cat in the seventy year old photograph, the twins join the Secret Ministry of the Unexplained, a division of M16 (of 007 fame.) The SMU polices the misuse of magic to help maintain the world’s equilibrium. Right now that balance in teetering on the edge. You’ll have to read The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop to discover how it the plots and plans “unmold.” You’ll be smiling through every page.