The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

Posted by amanda on Sep 8th, 2010
2010
Sep 8

Fifth grader Abbie is one of a family of witches. Her father, a witch doctor (in the medical sense of treating witches with maladies), is trying to come up with a cure for the Witch Flu. Her brother Munch is a lovable menace who just barely has ahold of his magic enough not to turn his kindergarten teacher into a toad and constantly needs Abbie’s help. Her mother is trying to become a real estate agent and fit into the non-witch world. Abbie is just trying to make it through school while keeping her magic controlled and secret – even from her best friend Callie. When Abbie receives a new pet kitten from her dad, she does not know that the kitten is in fact a young Thomas Edison trapped in feline form by a witch planning to steal his fame. Tom proves to be a great friend to Abbie while her parents try to return him to his own timeline. Abbie worries about how lonely she will be when he leaves and she has no one outside her family with whom to share her magical secrets.

The great thing about this book is that magic is just part of the story. There’s Abbie’s everyday school woes. She is in the school play and deals with stage fright. She worries about being a good friend when she’s keeping so many secrets. She lies to her parents when she gets in trouble. She’s just an everyday witch trying to get things right. There’s also the history of Edison’s inventions. I love the passage where Tom keeps asking Abbie if various things he sees are technology or magic. Microwave is technology. Levitating yourself up to the second story is magic. But really how would Tom know which was which without Abbie’s say so?

I would give this one to readers who like The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Also, girls who tend to like realistic school fiction, but have been assigned a fantasy might find this one right up their alley. It is a strong fun 5th/6th grade read. 256p., 2010.

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