The Secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch? author Eva Ibbotson tells a magical tale about a do-gooder witch who gets involved with the wrong guy.
Heckie is a young, kindly witch with a remarkable ability: She can change anything into an animal. So when she meets a boy, Daniel, after graduating from a good witch school, Heckie and her pal set out to eliminate the world of bad people by changing them into critters. After Heckie conjures up a friendly dragon who reacts to evildoers and transforms a nasty nursing home owner into a warthog, she meets a furrier (Lionel Knacksap) who suspiciously asks for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately, Heckie doesn't realize that her fiancé is only out for snow leopard pelts, but she reunites with a long-lost witch friend, and her two buddies -- along with some other witches -- help Heckie get back on a good track.
An Ibbotson story with many bewitchingly funny elements, Not Just a Witch will appeal to fans while finding its place on the shelves of Roald Dahl and Bruce Coville readers. A fun follow-up after reading Platform 13 and the author's other fantastic bestsellers. Matt Warner