The Salem Witch Tryouts

The Salem Witch Tryouts

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by Kelly McClymer
     
 

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Prudence Stewart had it all at Beverly Hills High: straight A's, the cutest crush, and a sweet gig as captain of the cheerleading squad. Then poof! Mom and Dad announce they're moving to Salem, Massachusetts. Turns out, Pru comes from a long line of witches and it's time for her to learn the craft. Buh-bye, Beverly Hills High -- hello, Agatha's Day School!

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Prudence Stewart had it all at Beverly Hills High: straight A's, the cutest crush, and a sweet gig as captain of the cheerleading squad. Then poof! Mom and Dad announce they're moving to Salem, Massachusetts. Turns out, Pru comes from a long line of witches and it's time for her to learn the craft. Buh-bye, Beverly Hills High -- hello, Agatha's Day School!

But Pru's not about to trade in her spirit stick for a broomstick! She's sure she can keep her kewl at her new school -- until she discovers it's all magic, all the time, and she's failing Witchcraft 101. Worst of all, even the cheerleaders bring a special "spirit" to their routine. As in, triple-back-somersault-with-a-twist kind of spirit.

It's time for Pru to cast a spell and prove she's just as enchanting as the next girl -- and somehow make cheering tryouts a flying S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Sherri Forgash Ginsberg
Prudence is a Beverly Hills teenager with excellent grades, pleasing looks, clothes, friends and the enviable position of head cheerleader on the award-winning squad. She has a set of parents who adore her, and a life most teenagers would immediately envy. But the charming, predictable life of Pru is about to change. Pru's mom is a graduate of Agatha's Day School for Witches, located in Salem, Massachusetts. She thinks her son and daughter need to be trained in the art of witchcraft before all goes awry, so she sends them to her alma mater. In Salem, Pru has major problems dealing with a new school and all the new rules. She is at a loss initially because her powers are not as sophisticated as her fellow students. She has to begin again, making new friends and finding an appropriate boyfriend, all in bizarre new surroundings. The story is sure to please readers. There is also an adorable eye-catching cover.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-At Beverly Hills High, Prudence is a big deal: popular, star and soon-to-be head of the cheerleading squad, and a straight-A student. She is also half-witch, half-mortal, and, though she doesn't use her magic in public, her younger brother, Tobias, has been unable to control his abilities. To avoid what could be a major scandal if the family's heritage were to come to light, Prudence's parents have decided to move to Salem, MA, where both children can learn to hone their craft at Agatha's Day School for Witches. There, Prudence discovers that her lack of formal training has made her somewhat of an outcast. She has to attend remedial classes and can't fully participate in the school's cheerleading squad because the routines involve magic. This fish-out-of-water story is truly terrible, and neither Wicca enough nor romantic enough to allow it to fit in either of the genres to which it aspires. Much of the narrative tension and humor are supposed to revolve around the dual existence of "magic" and mortal worlds and the fact that the "pure" witch group seems clueless about the lives and lifestyles of the mortals. Because the magic and mortal worlds seem to exist on the same physical plane, this confusion is a little ridiculous.-Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439103807
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
898,811
File size:
295 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly McClymer was born in South Carolina, but crossed the Mason-Dixon line to live in Delaware at age six. After one short stint living in South Carolina during junior high, she has remained above the line, and now lives in Maine with her husband and three children.

Writing has been Kelly's passion since her sixth grade essay on how to not bake bread earned her an A plus. After cleaning up the bread dough that oozed on to the floor, she gave up bread making for good and turned to writing as a creative outlet. A graduate of the University of Delaware (English major, of course) she spends her days writing and teaching writing. Look for her next book, The Salem Witch Tryouts, from Simon Pulse in Fall 2006.

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Salem Witch Tryouts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I like reading about magic. It didn t have as much as I would have like but it was a pretty good book. I find not to be very action filled. It's rather boring if you don't like to read about a girl in high school. Over all it was pretty good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good so far, but the beginning was slower than I hoped it would be.
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I have all the books of the series on my wishlist.
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A random person.
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Cuz im not.
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NOT SO KEWL "kewl" is jus one of the slang terms shes uses which bet sooooo overly annoying. Instead of this book, get the BRAS AND BROOMSTICKS seris by sarah mylowski. SOOOO much better then this
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Samantha29 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but when I asked myself if I would read it again...I wouldn't. It was a nice, easy read that doesn't require alot of thought. I felt like the author could have gone into so much more detail about the main characters relationships, and then maybe she wouldn't have seemed so shallow. The plot was rushed so I personally felt that maybe she could have put in alot more detail to the story. Would I recommend this book to someone else? Sure
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mrs_black More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It has the whole cheerleading drama thing plus best friend/boyfriend trouble, while moving to a new place and trying to find the right kind of friends, while trying to become popular at a new school, all rolled up in having these weird powers that she just can't quite control. It's awesome and a must read for any teenage girl.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
For Prudence Stewart, sixteen, leaving behind her home and school in Beverly Hills to move to Salem, Massachusetts, is more than just an inconvenience. She's worked for years to get where she is--which is near the top of the Beverly Hills High School popularity list. Right before she was to be named the youngest head cheerleader ever, her parents announced the move to Salem. It seems that Pru's younger brother, Dorklock (or, if you prefer, Tobias), needs to attend school in Salem, where he can get a handle on his powers. Yes, powers. Oh, did I forget to mention that Pru and Dorklock are the half-mortal, half-witch children of their four-hundred-year-old mother, Patience?

Yes, Patience Stewart is a witch. And although her husband is a mortal and still freaks at the thought of magic, he's realized that his children need to be in a place where they can attend schools that are specifically designed for witches. So off the family drives to Salem (much to Pru's disbelief; after all, her mom zapped their furniture to their new home, but they have to drive?), where Pru quickly realizes that her former popularity and academic excellence don't mean much at Agatha's Day School for Witches.

It's bad enough that for her sixteen years back in Beverly Hills her mother had discouraged her from using magic. Now she's changed her tune--use magic for this, practice your magic on that. But Pru is woefully lacking in the magic department. She's been put in remedial classes (remedial? the horror!), the students at Agatha's stare at her as if she's some type of mutant freak, she still hasn't manifested a Talent, and she has to actually try out for the cheerleading squad. Try out. Her, Miss Was-Going-To-Be-The-Youngest-Head-Cheerleader-In-History. Yes, Salem is turning out to be a real pain.

I loved THE SALEM WITCH TRYOUTS! A truly original twist on being the new kid in a brand new school, it's fun and interesting to watch Prudence develop her powers, interact with students who think mortals are a new type of abnormality, and learn what it means to be a cheerleader on a squad that uses magic in their routines. I really hope there are more books planned in this series--and if the pimple-inducing spell at the end of the book is any indication, there will be!