Hi. My name is Ella Brook and I live in a town called Cherrywood with my mom, my dad and my baby brother, Ollie. I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. She lives next door and she’s my Not-Best Friend. She is the meanest girl ever. She looks mean even when she smiles.
Everything in my life seems normal, but my family has a special secret that I’m not allowed to tell anyone, even my friends. My mom looks like any other mom . . . but she’s not a regular mom. Because she can turn into a fairy.
All she has to do is stamp her feet three times, clap her hands, wiggle her behind and say, “Marshmallow,” . . . and POOF! She’s Fairy Mom. Then if she says, “Toffee apple,” she’s just Mom again.
My Aunty Jo and Granny are fairies too. They can all fly and turn invisible and do real magic. And Mom and Aunty Jo also have a really cool wand called a Computawand V5. It has magic powers and a computer screen and
an Extra-Fast Magic button. And it has Fairy Apps and Fairy Mail and Fairy Games.
The problem is that Mom . . . well . . . she is not that good at doing magic spells, even though she works really hard at her magic lessons on FairyTube with Fairy Fenella. But one day she’s going to get everything right. And one day, when I’m grown up, I’ll be a fairy like she is. I’ll have sparkly wings and my own Computawand.
Until then, Mom says I just have to wait. So that’s what I am. A Fairy in Waiting.
Copyright © 2019 by Sophie Kinsella; illustrated by Marta Kissi. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.