A book for all ages

November 20, 2022

Zenia Umar’s debut is a story of friendship, magic, trust and fighting evil together

A book for all ages


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anderson Sisters and the School of Magic is amazing, considering it has been written by a really young author. Zenia Umar has not just put in her love for magic, JK Rowling and Harry Potter but has also pulled off a wonderful book for all ages to enjoy. Being a Hogwarts fan myself, I was sceptical reading this book as I was not sure of what to expect but trust me when I say I enjoyed it. Although, at times, it got too close in script to
Harry Potter but amazingly, Umar was able to hold on to her imagination pretty well.

This work of fiction and magic entails a story of twin sisters Vic and Kat, who feel most fortunate after receiving offers to join the school of magic. It is a story of friendship, magic, trust and fighting evil together. Full of young, energetic and emotional characters embedded in imaginative situations, this book offers a lot to its readers, including time away from their current lives. I have seen my son, who is in Grade 5, enjoy every page while jumping up and down on his couch. He loves Harry Potter and said, “Mama, this book has not just been inspired by Harry Potter, it also reminded me of so many good times Harry and his friends enjoyed at Hogwarts school of magic.” So I guess it is a book to be liked by many.

Full of young, energetic and emotional characters embedded in imaginative situations, this book offers a lot to its readers.

Sanderson sisters, although they will get an opportunity of their lives, face many threats that will bring them closer, get them stronger friendships, and make them brave enough to handle the greatest of dark mages while at Gonterra, their school of magic. The readers of this magical story will not just enjoy Umar’s writing skills but also indulge in emotions that run through each chapter with a different vigour. With a smooth flow in her writing, clever imagination, clean script and amusing storytelling skills, she has written a book to stay in the market for some time.

I hope Zenia Umar can pull off another book in the series. Many unanswered questions could provide the base for another stellar. I am sure the Dark Hall of Learning needs more exploring.


The reviewer writes children’s books for Oxford University Press and has been running child protection and safety awareness projects for almost five years

A book for all ages