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WELL WITCHED

Author: Frances Hardinge

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Publisher: Harper, and Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Magwhite wasn't much of a place, but there was always adventure to be found. Josh, Ryan, and Chelle spent their money on ice cream. But now they needed to get home. When the three friends discover a well, Josh climbs down and retrieves some coins. The Well Witch is not happy, and now the kids must start making past wishes come true as penance. This is a friendship adventure that has mystery, magic, and life lessons woven in.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 6.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Well Witched turned quickly from *just* an adventure to an intriguing story about right and wrong, secrets, choices and consequences. It is a fun read, but it has more depth than its premise might suggest. Overall, the story seems to be a cross between a Grimm's fairy tale and an Aesop's fable.

Pros: Mystery and fantasy lovers alike will find themselves totally wrapped up in Josh's, Ryan's and Chelle's adventure.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Those who like ghost stories will enjoy this as a bedtime story. It is not a "Halloween book" but it has that spooky quality to it that fits with the season.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BREADCRUMBS   THE RABBI AND THE TWENTY-NINE WITCHES   ISABELLA ... AND THE ROOM OF LOST BROOMS

Educational Themes: Enjoy this as a great story. Throughout the book there are opportunities to pause and ask questions: what do you think will happen next? What will Ryan/Josh/Chelle do? What would you do?

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, friendship, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com; and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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