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Gr 5-8 When the substitute art teacher, Wanda Gibbs, intercepts a rude note written by eighth-grader Stewart, she responds by landing him with the nickname Wart. His father meets her at Open House and asks her out on a date, and, oddly enough, Martha, Dad's former girlfriend and a friend of Wanda's, doesn't seem to mind. Suddenly, Wanda seems to be taking over Stewart's life: his dad is totally besotted with her, his little sister is undergoing a personality change as a result of her influence, and Wanda's oddball son claims that she turns him into a frog when he misbehaves. Could she really be a witch? Stewart and his best friends, Ham and Rachel, are convinced that she is evil and needs to be stopped. But Stewart's attempt to puzzle out the mystery is complicated when her spells boost his popularity and basketball skills, and he enjoys the attention of a cute cheerleader. Deciding what matters more-making it on his own and being loyal to his friends or having his dreams come true-is tough. Since his mother's death years earlier, Stewart has resisted any change at home, but suddenly Martha seems like a desirable and comfortable alternative to the twisted Wanda. The plot moves quickly and the characters are appealing and unique. Humorous implausibility vies with more serious issues as Myers provides a lighthearted look at common family and middle school concerns.-Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library
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There are two things that Stewart Wright thought he never wanted: to be popular and to have another mother. <BR/><BR/>The popularity thing only popped into his mind when Stewart's cousin came to visit and brought up the whole ordeal. After that, Stewart begins to question his friendship with his longtime best friend, Ham, who is not even close to being popular especially since skinny is not IN for a guy. And he wonders if it is worth hanging out with Rachel, the one girl he is close to but who doesn't look or act like most girls. <BR/><BR/>After his mother passed away, it was always just Stewart, his sister, and their father. But then came along the art substitute teacher, Wanda, who just appeared out of nowhere and is just mesmerizing everyone she meets, changing the way she looks along the way. Stewart's dad was sort of going out with someone, Martha, whom Stewart did not want him to marry, but after finding out that his dad got a date with Wanda, Martha didn't look so bad. <BR/><BR/>It's up to Stewart, or Wart (the nickname Wanda gave him), to discover who this lady really is, to make sure that he befriends the ones who are truly there for him, and for his father to end up with the right person. <BR/><BR/>Intriguing and thoughtful, WART has to be the one of the very few original books for teens out there. Everyone will be falling for Wart, even if his nickname is a little repulsive, and his little sister, Georgia. And in the end, not only Wart but the reader, too, learns a small but very important lesson. This is another hilarious read from Anna Myers that will have you falling out of your chair.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.