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Witch Weed

Witch Weed

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Joe Burleson
     
 

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"One of the most feared of a witch's powers is that of the evil eye..."
After throwing Mrs. Tuggle's evil glass eye into the creek, Lynn and her best friend, Mouse, anticipate a soothing summer. But when Lynn notices some strange-looking purple plants growing down by the creek, she begins to worry. Is she imagining it, or are the plants sprouting right

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"One of the most feared of a witch's powers is that of the evil eye..."
After throwing Mrs. Tuggle's evil glass eye into the creek, Lynn and her best friend, Mouse, anticipate a soothing summer. But when Lynn notices some strange-looking purple plants growing down by the creek, she begins to worry. Is she imagining it, or are the plants sprouting right near where she threw the eye?
What's worse is that some girls from school may be starting their own coven of witches — and Mouse might be getting sucked in!
Does Mrs. Tuggle have unfinished business with them? And if so, can Lynn fight her evil again?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In their fifth adventure combating the evil power of local witchcraft, Lynn and Mouse discover that wicked old Mrs. Tuggle may be dead but she's not quite gone. Sinister flowers spring up along the creek where the friends last encountered her dark influence. It's these flowers, Lynn believes, that make five of her school chums form a coven, and that draw Mouse into the clutches of magic. Reminiscent of Nancy Garden's Four Crossing series, but displaying less attention to detail and plausibility, this fast-paced adventure combines minor problem-novel elements--Mouse's mother has left the family--with the eternal struggle between good and evil. Although the novel won't stand up to Suzy Charnas's The Silver Glove or Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising , Naylor's fans will not be disappointed in this latest installment--which hints at Lynn and Mouse's next encounter with the spirit of Mrs. Tuggle. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
Excitement, apprehension, and suspense are what you will find between the pages of this book. Lynn and her best girlfriend—nicknamed Mouse—share a secret that is really spooky. When an old woman named Mrs. Tuggle died because her house burned down around her, Lynn's younger brother found a glass eye. This eye brings evil to all who hold or carry it. Deciding to get rid of it once and for all, Mouse and Lynn throw it in the creek hoping that is the last it could hurt anyone. Unfortunately, strange purple plants start growing along the creek just where the eye was thrown. If that is not enough to worry about, Lynn believes that some of the girls in her school are forming their own coven of witches and her best friend is being lured in. The author builds suspense on every page and uses great foreshadowing techniques. I think of this as a girl's book only because girls will be able to identify with Lynn's reasoning and thoughts. If you like a real a nail-biting story, then you have to read this book. This is the kind of book to give a young adult who does not really enjoy reading. It will definitely hook her...or him! 2004 (orig. 1991), Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 10 to 13.
—Kathie M. Josephs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689853814
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Series:
The Witch Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh, the Alice series, and Roxie and the Hooligans. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

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Witch Weed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a mom now, but when I was 11 or 12 these books were my favorites (barring Nancy Drew)! They had great elements of friendship and family values (looking at it from a mom's point of view) and inspired hours and hours of imaginitive play with a friend of mine. I highly recommend this book to kids and parents alike!