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Whispering to Witches | [Anna Dale]

Whispering to Witches

When Joe is traveling to stay with his mother and stepfather for Christmas, little does he imagine the excitement and magical intrigue that await him when he falls headfirst into an evil plot to rid England of witches. With great bravery and more than a little help from his half sister, Esme, and a new friend, Twiggy, he has to muster all his courage and ingenuity to solve the riddles surrounding him and save his newfound friends.
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Publisher's Summary

When Joe is traveling to stay with his mother and stepfather for Christmas, little does he imagine the excitement and magical intrigue that await him when he falls headfirst into an evil plot to rid England of witches. With great bravery and more than a little help from his half sister, Esme, and a new friend, Twiggy, he has to muster all his courage and ingenuity to solve the riddles surrounding him and save his newfound friends.

A fabulously detailed and richly exciting adventure story that grips the listener in its magical clutches from the very beginning.

©2004 Anna Dale; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Curless offers an upbeat reading sustained with notes of suspense and mystery befitting Dale's effervescent fantasy. Kids will be eager to follow the inviting Curless along for all the twists and turns here." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-14-07
    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-14-07
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    "Whispering to Witches"

    A wonderful story - not too heavy - just right for listening by the fire while I knit :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-31-06
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-31-06
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    "Just OK"

    I don't know what a younger audience would think of this book but I found it kind of boring. I didn't really finish the last hour or so, I couldn't focus on it for too long at a time and found myself drifting off so I finally stopped trying.

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    Chris greenville, NC, USA 10-07-05
    Chris greenville, NC, USA 10-07-05
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    "Enjoyable"

    I think this book is more for 5-8 year olds. My 2 girls love listening to this book as light and easy to follow and well narrated. I found it enjoyable the first time and it is still pleasant to listen hear serveral times later.

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    Susan Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-23-05
    Susan Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-23-05
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    "Good, but not great"

    This is a good children's book for 7- to 10-year-olds, but not a great one and not one that is particularly of interest to adults.

    The characters have quirks, but are not very well developed. There?s not much sense of the setting--modern-day Canterbury--or of the subculture of witches and magic. Three stars may seem a bit unfair, but there are plenty of examples of children?s books for this age group--Mary Norton?s The Borrowers series, C. S. Lewis?s Narnia series, Lynn Reid Banks?s Indian in the Cupboard, Edward Eager?s funny magic books--that have great characterization combined with a sense of place.

    Buy it for a child but not for yourself.

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