Edith Madeline Solstice is a witch,
but she doesn't know it until she almost kills someone..
Her body is changing. She's entering seventh grade fighting the romantic feelings she has for her longtime friend Nemo. And although she hasn't grown an inch according to the Sacred Wall of Heights Feared in the third-floor hallway of St. Vincent Catholic Elementary, she knows something is up.
Her hands have been burning up like a fever. The ache has been robbing her of sleep every night for weeks now. She doesn't let this keep her from practicing piano, especially since her favorite teacher Miss K offered her a recital in the annual Christmas Eve Festival.
Then, stranger things happen.
Her best friend Lenore wakes up in the middle of the night of their slumber party, crying for help in a voice that isn't hers. Before Edith can make sense of what's going on, Lenore has a seizure.
Edith soon learns this wasn't any ordinary seizure. Something else is wrong. Something magical, and it's not good.
She finds out when she gets into a fight with her rival Julie, over Nemo, a few days later. But what Edith does to Julie by accident is the key that unlocks a world of wonder that Edith doesn't want to be part of.
She has no choice.
The Recital is a coming-of-age young adult fiction novel centered in magical realism. The story tackles themes of intersectionality, early-teen angst, and queer sexual awakening. The Recital is an homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and films like Harriet the Spy, Pretty in Pink, Eve's Bayou, and Kiki's Delivery Service.