What would a 12-year-old self-described fashionista be passionate about? How about hair, clothes, fashion, and girlfriends? The protagonist in this story is lifted away from her everyday existence by a flying horse. She and her best friend are delivered to a school of magic where their dorm room includes a swimming pool, a fully-stocked walk-in closet, beauty supplies, and pet bunnies. The girls discover they have secret magical powers, which are put to the test when a bitter antagonist kidnaps one and throws her in his dungeon. In the end, friendship and self-sacrifice win over all the negativity the bad guy can throw at them.
I loved reading this story, because pre-teen concepts of magic, friendship, and fantasy are so sweetly combined. Innocence and goodness prevail, and the whole thing just made me happy.