If you stumbled on a witch, are you sure you could spot her? What if she came in the form of a sweet old lady sporting sweats? So begins the witchy, wondrous debut novel certain to warm your soul and give it shivers at the same heart-thumping time.
With a smouldering cauldron of quirky witches, wayward ghosts, sarcastic pets - and an awkward male sidekick - this tale of two covens offers delightful new ways to separate the good witch from the bad.
When Amy and her one-eared, one-eyed cat Scruff escape her abusive great aunt, their getaway car is sent hurtling through a tunnel by a wave of water, and her simple plan goes awry in ways Amy could never have conjured. What follows is a series of curious circumstances, particularly the strange ways of the elderly Milly and her sweatsuit-clad friends. Together, they form the OLDGALS - Old Ladies Doing Good And Loving Sweats.
When a trio of evil witches confront them, a fierce battle begins. Can Amy triumph over evil - and perhaps even find superhuman romance? For Amy and friends, it's an action-packed, magical ride that's as bumpy a ride as witch's broom, and always brimming over with spine-tingling surprises.
©2011 Katherine E. Warner (P)2013 Katherine E. Warner
author of The Sibyl Reborn
Amy and the OLDGALS was written for children--ages 5 to 7 through middle grade would probably love it--but my wife and I enjoyed it, too, as it made us laugh frequently and drew us into the plot's suspense. I suspect this book will entertain and please anyone who's young at heart!
Without a doubt, our favorite character was Scruff--how could he not be? (One ear, one eye, and a plucky spirit despite his rough life and crotchety age--for a cat.
Abby Elvidge was perfect in this role! Within minutes of our starting to listen to the book, her identity as a narrator simply vanished as her voice 'became' Amy's voice, Scruff's voice, and the story's voice...as if my subconscious thought, "Well, of course this reader is reading this story because her voice IS the story and its characters." Ms. Elvidge does a superlative job!
I especially liked how the author opens the book with an exciting and very unique passage, which leads to a seemingly mundane situation that hints of strange and possibly dark events to come. Soon the suspense and tension builds, leading to action and a climax that does more than justice to the book's exciting start. Congratulations author Katherine E. Warner and narrator Abby Elvidge!
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