Title: The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams
Author: Rhonda Hayter
Publication Date: 2010
Summary: Abbie Adams is your average 5th grade...witch! Her parents and her little brother, Munch, are witches, too. Abbie deals with 5th grade - her teacher who gives too much homework, her best friend who she can't tell about magic, being in the drama club - until her dad brings home a kitten and really makes things interesting. It turns out her kitten is really Thomas Edison who has been turned into a cat and sent to the 21st century. How can they change him back and who would do such a thing? Abbie and her family try to solve the mystery and return things to normal before time is re-written entirely!
What I Think: I am excited to recommend this to my 3rd grader when the school year starts! I think she would love this! I think it's a great middle grade book. Abbie is a great character and she makes the story so much fun. It kind of reminds me of the TV show Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - in a completely good way. It also reminds me of the TV show Bewitched. It's a fun story while still being relatable because the witches are part of everyday life. It's cool to read about a normal girl who can cast spells to freeze time, make milk and cookies appear, and change into a bug on the wall. I have always wanted to be able to freeze time so it's cool to read about a character who can really do that. What I really love about this book is that the author incorporates some history/science by putting Thomas Edison as a young kid into the book. I love books that easily relate to non-fiction topics and this book does exactly that!
Read Together: 2 - 5
Read Alone: 3 - 7
Read With: Non-Fiction about Thomas Edison; Non-Fiction about inventions
Snatch of Text: "When Munch and I got home, I ran right to my mom to tell her about the play. She laughed really hard when she found out about the part I got, and wen I asked if we could tell Aunt Sophie about it, she got right on the phone and passed it to me.
I told Aunt Sophie the big news about the play and then I told her about how my character didn't believe in magic...and as soon as I did, there was a terrific WHOOOSSHH of air and I felt as if cold fingers were playing up and down my spine. All of a sudden, it looked as if silvery snow was falling in the living room for just a second and there was a sound like tinkling bells. Aunt Sophie was popping in." p. 33
Reading Strategies to Practice: Asking Questions, Making Connections, Visualizing, Activating Background Knowledge
Writing Strategies to Practice:
Writing Prompts: Write about what an everyday experience would be like if you had magical witchy powers. Describe how it might feel, look like, smell like, sound like to cast a spell or have a spell cast upon you! Persuade Abbie Adams to cast a spell for you - what spell would you ask her to cast and why would you need her to cast that specific spell for you.
Topics Covered: Adversity, Friendship, Family, Challenges, Right Vs. Wrong, Science-Thomas Edison/Inventions, Working Hard
Translated to Spanish: No