Okay, technically it's alchemy, not magic. And technically, they're trying to prevent everyone from using nuclear weapons; they're just starting with the Communists. And technically, it's the adults who are supposed to be preventing nuclear war, but they keep getting kidnapped. So it's up to three teens with an ancient book of alchemy recipes to outwit the bad guys and save the day in The Apothecary by Maile Melov. Which brings me back to: teenagers fight communism with magic - er, alchemy! In 1950s Britain, of course.
I knew I'd like this book the moment that Janie, the narrator and main character, confessed her desire to be more like Katharine Hepburn. If you have not seen a movie with Katharine Hepburn in it, go do so. Her award winning classics are The Philadelphia Story and The African Queen, but the films where she co-starred with Spencer Tracy, like Adam's Rib, are a lot of fun too. My personal favorite of her movies is Bringing Up Baby - because escaped leopard! Anyway, the point is, if a character in a book decides that Katharine Hepburn is their role model, then I approve. And then I recommend the book and the witty Ms. Hepburn to you.
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." ~ Katharine Hepburn