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Ted saw her with his own two eyes! They say she can make magic. Ted is scared -- but he can't resist snaeking down to the bayou to watch the gnarled old woman and wild animals he's never even seen before!

His new friend Jimmy blames the witch for the break-ins that have the town on edge. Ted doesn't know ...

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Overview

Ted saw her with his own two eyes! They say she can make magic. Ted is scared -- but he can't resist snaeking down to the bayou to watch the gnarled old woman and wild animals he's never even seen before!

His new friend Jimmy blames the witch for the break-ins that have the town on edge. Ted doesn't know who to believe. Jimmy and his swaggering cousin Bubba are pretty scary themselves.

Ted knows the answers lie in the dark and dangerous swamp. But nothing can prepare them for the terror to come...

Having discovered the true nature of the old woman known as the Witch of Blackwater Swamp, fifth grader Ted must decide whether to come to her aid when she is accused of the thefts plaguing his small Louisiana town.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To get to the bottom of a string of robberies, Ted must confront the witch of Blackwater Swamp. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A fifth-grade boy living in a small Louisiana town narrates this story of adventure and mystery. The ingredients include a spooky swamp, a mysterious old ``witch'' woman, and a rash of unsolved break-ins and robberies. A subplot is Ted's struggle to find an appropriate friend in his new town. Jimmy, interesting but also rude and ill-behaved, accompanies him to spy on the witch, who has a shack on an island in Blackwater Swamp. The plot turns ugly when Jimmy's redneck cousin Bubba leads a crew of his friends, lynch-mob style, to burn out and torment the old woman. Ted predictably comes to her rescue, but ends up being protected by her. Ironically, his new best friend could be the witch herself, who is merely the small town's only homeless person, an elderly black woman. In general, characters are type cast and superficial; adults are unrealistically peripheral to the story, their presence vague and unconvincing. In an attempt to destroy one stereotype, another is employed: the somber anti-prejudice message, delivered through revelation of the woman's true identity, is inconsistent with the extreme caricature of Bubba and his boys. Jimmy, the abused child in a family of thieves, is lumped into that group of thugs, offering little insight into the actions of a disadvantaged child. Some youngsters will be pleased to pick up the clues more quickly than Ted, but others will find him exasperating. Literary weaknesses aside, the elements of adventure and suspense will keep the pages turning, and the exotic setting and activities of the witch will fuel readers' imaginations.-Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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Start with an eerie setting in a small bayou town. Add a reclusive old woman believed to be a witch, a fifth-grade boy struggling to fit in, a rash of burglaries, and some rotten bad guys. What you get is this lively mystery-adventure. Ted, who's had trouble making friends since his family's move to Lakeview, is pleased when Jimmy Weston befriends him, even though Jimmy's behavior sometimes troubles him. When Jimmy suggests the boys explore Blackwater Swamp to find the house of the witch who's supposed to live there, Ted apprehensively agrees. Jimmy flees when the boys are spotted, leaving Ted to discover that the "witch" is actually a woman named Martha Timms. It's Martha who eventually helps Ted catch the crooks who are responsible for thefts in the town. A nicely paced story with enough clues to solve the mystery, enough action to keep reluctant readers happy, and an exciting climax. This one will be easy to booktalk.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785763659
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    This is one of the only books i can truly remember reading while i was in school. i read this book and it sucked me in instantly. i do not remember what it is about, but i remember reading it in just one day. i remember not being able to put it down, and being so proud of myself for finishing it in one day because i was not a fast reader. the book wasn't only a great book for reading, but a great one to build confidence in people who think they read slow. this is one of the fastest reads, and most enjoyable ever to me. check out the authors other mysterious books, they're my favorite memory from middle school. have fun reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

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    Blackwater swamp is a outastanding book.It ywould great for people who like mystery books.If you read this book you would read more books listed below.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Awesome Book

    This is a great book. I highly recommend it. If you like suspense this is the book for you. I just grabbed this book for a report and was really satisfied with the outcome. Great for kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    Look Out For the Witch!!!

    Ted was shocked. He saw the witch. She looked just like the kids at school said she would. I liked this story when Ted found out that the witch wasn¿t really a witch. I liked that part because he was scared but he still talked to her. Ted was sneakiest when he was trying to find out if the witch was real. I think some people might like this book because it has a lot of sneaking around.

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