The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams is a celebration of a first book by Rhonda Hayter. Aimed at children from 3rd to 6th grade, this cleverly written book about a 5th grade witch will appeal to a range of readers.
Ms. Hayter has perfected the style of speaking of a fifth grader so when Abbie, the main character who is a witch, narrates her tale, it sounds just like a fifth grader is speaking. Children will have no difficulty relating to Abbie when she has problems doing her homework, relating to her teacher, talking to her parents, managing her younger brother, and sometimes just dealing with her best friend (who does not know she is a witch).
There is mystery aplenty in the story. Abbie's father is working on a cure for the "witch flu" which causes witches to lose their powers. Her brings Abbie a kitten as a pet, but things are not what they appear to be--especially the small kitten. There is a fairly predictable bad guy (it does not come as a surprise that he is the evil-does), a predictable fight between good and evil, and the usual happy ending.
That said, this is quite an enjoyable read with issues that can be raised and discussed. The author includes a teacher's guide on her website.
Kirkus Reviews said, "Light as cotton candy and just as tasty."
Booklist wrote, "Abbie is an appealing, peppy protagonist..."
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The reviewer received this book courtesy of The Picnic Basket.