This creative and well-written book by Wendy McLeod MacKnight called The Copycat is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat with plot twists and page-turning cliffhangers. This author creates an entire new magical concept, all while showing one simple takeaway: Be Yourself.
Ali’s family has always been unusual. That’s because her dad is a Copycat. He can magically turn into anything he wants, whether it’s his daughter Ali, a dog or even the Incredible Hulk, which seems SUPER COOL But, her dad has a hard time finding jobs partly because of his magic, so their family moves a lot. Everytime Ali moves to a different school, she struggles to make friends. So, she decides to become a “copycat.” Ali copies everything other girls do to be liked. For example, she will pretend to like what they like and will agree to everything they say.
But when Ali steps foot into her latest new school, things change. For starters, her long-lost cousin, Alfie, enrolls in the school, too. His family and Ali’s family had a feud long ago that left them on silent terms. Ali knows she has to bring their family together, but when magic and friendships collapse on the way, she knows it’s time to step out of her shell and be herself, even when it seems it’s not possible anymore. She now knows to show people who she really is, even if people don’t like it.
I really enjoyed reading this book because the concept of changing into people and things is so creative. It made the book really fun and interesting, and made me wish I had cool powers like that. Also, the plot twists Wendy MacKnight put in the book were so creative and really kept my eyes glued to the pages.
This book is good for readers in the fourth grade and up because of word choices and length. But younger readers might enjoy it being read to them because any age can enjoy this exciting book and understand the message, “Be yourself.” It is for any fantasy book lovers, too.
This definitely goes in the reread pile! No question, this book gets four out of four roses!