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Abbie Adams is a witch. She can't tell anyone, even her best friend, Callie, who notices Abbie acting strange. Instead she uses memory-erasing spells to keep things under control. Abbie hopes for some normalcy when her father brings home a kitten, but when Abbie looks into its eyes, she sees a trapped boy. Now Abbie needs her magic more than ever. Saving him becomes even more important when her family realizes the kitten is actually the young Thomas Edison. The world will be a much different place if they can't ...

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Overview

Abbie Adams is a witch. She can't tell anyone, even her best friend, Callie, who notices Abbie acting strange. Instead she uses memory-erasing spells to keep things under control. Abbie hopes for some normalcy when her father brings home a kitten, but when Abbie looks into its eyes, she sees a trapped boy. Now Abbie needs her magic more than ever. Saving him becomes even more important when her family realizes the kitten is actually the young Thomas Edison. The world will be a much different place if they can't return him to create his famous inventions!

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Publishers Weekly
Debut author Hayter tells the slapstick story of fifth-grader Abbie Adams, a modern-day witch who can zap back to the Constitutional Convention for research or morph herself into a fencepost to spy on her parents. Abbie's family also has amusing magical traits: her unruly younger brother likes to turn himself into different animals; her father, who is seeking a cure for “Witch Flu,” tends to emit pink smoke from his ears; and Abbie's mother can dab a “refresher spell” on everyone when they get tired. As Abbie struggles to hide her abilities from the world, an oddly literate kitten shows up, who turns out to be a bewitched young Thomas Edison. Readers might enjoy imagining life as a witch—the family zaps to Hawaii for a day of surfing and snorkeling—but Abbie's rambling, super-peppy narration can be tiresome: “I happen to love drama club because, as I might have mentioned, my aunt Sophie is an actress and I want to be one too (when I grow up).” And there's little satisfaction when Abbie's problems can usually be solved with a quick zap. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)
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Whether facing familiar issues... Or fantastical ones... Abbie is an appealing, peppy protagonist
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Sometimes it is difficult for Abbie to pretend that she is a typical girl. After all, hiding one's magical ability is not easy, especially when one needs to keep using it in order to keep a little brother from accidently revealing that everyone in the family is a witch. Abbie's everyday worries are intensified when she discovers that the sweet little kitty her father brought home is actually a little boy who had a wicked spell cast on him. Even Abbie's talented dad cannot seem to break the spell. The situation becomes even direr when Abbie and her family discover that the boy trapped inside the kitten's body is a young Thomas Edison. Turning Thomas Edison back into a boy is not the only difficult problem. In order to reverse the curse, Abbie and her family need to find the culprit who created the evil spell and they need to do it soon, before the present world begins to change as a result of Thomas Edison never having been born. This clever and well-written book will appeal to middle readers, especially those who enjoy realistic fiction with a touch of mystery and enchantment. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Gr 4–6—Fifth-grader Abbie Adams is a witch in a family of witches. When her father, who is trying to find a cure for Witch Flu, brings home a kitten, she realizes that there is something strange about it. It turns out that the cat is Thomas Edison. Her parents do everything they can to make him comfortable while they try to find the right spells to break the curse and get him safely back to his own era before history is changed forever. Abbie is a likable character, and readers should relate to her. She loves her little brother (even when she has to clean up his magical messes), is nervous about her first school play, and wishes she didn't have to keep secrets from her nonwitch friend. While not particularly magical, this is a light, serviceable read.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
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This frothy debut novel delivers plenty of entertainment to the elementary and middle-grade audience interested in magical fantasy. Abbie, a fifth-grade girl from a family of witches, tries to fit in with the normal world but constantly finds herself in trouble in school and at home, especially after she gets a kitten as a pet. Abbie and her family fling spells as fast as they can think, but even in a witch's home one doesn't expect a kitten to be able to read. Aha! It turns out that there's a boy trapped inside the animal, and not just any boy, but one of America's most famous 19th-century scientists. Hayter depicts the boy with believable antique dialogue, a distinct change from the endlessly bubbly Abbie. Her nice characterizations ground the novel, even as plenty of comedy combines with some suspense when Abbie, her crazy family and friends travel back in time to catch the bad witch who transformed the someday-famous boy. Light as cotton candy and just as tasty. (Magical adventure. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734685
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: NC1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda Hayter lives in Hollywood, California.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    Fun Debut

    This was a fun and very cute read.

    Abbie is a witch in a family full of witches who live in the human world. Being a witch surrounded by humans is difficult on Abbie. She can't tell her best friend, a human, about witchy things and she is always having to rescue her little brother, who is just learning to use his powers, from the crazy situations he gets himself into at school.

    One day her father brings home a kitten for Abbie, only it turns out the kitten is more than just a kitten, but instead a person. Abbie and her family spend the majority of the book trying to learn who the mystery person in the form of a cat is and finding a way to help them become themselves again. Only there's someone determined to keep Abbie and her family from learning the truth about what happened.

    Funny and with a mystery to solve, The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, is a great book for middle grade readers. I enjoyed reading about Abbie and her family and even the messes they got themselves into.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Go Abbie Adams!

    I just finished the book and had to come review right away because I love Abbie Adams. It is perfect for grades 3-6. I am a hearing itinerant teacher and I work with some students who are behind their grade level in reading. I think this would even be appropriate for a 7th grader reading at a lower reading level.

    This book reminded me of Sabrina the Teenage Witch because the author does such a good job of capturing Abbie's voice as a 5th grader. She gets into trouble, too, which kids can relate to. I love the mystery part of the book when she figures out who her cat is and her family tries to figure out who turned him into a cat in the first place. I think it's great that the author incorporated Thomas Edison and a little bit of history into the book without being a book all about Thomas Edison. If I were to read or recommend this to one of my students I would definitely bring in some non-fiction text about Thomas Edison and also bring in my pictures from when I got to go into his lab that is now housed at the Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan. I love connecting fiction with non-fiction/history.

    I give this book a 4/5 rating. I would never hesitate to recommend it to a student. As an adult I can't say it was a 5 for me like some middle grade books are, but I can definitely see how a student would give it a 5.

    Jen Vincent, District U-46, Illinois
    You can also read my review on my blog: www.teachmentortexts.com.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU SHOULD READ THIS!! I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE MAGIC AND ADVENTURES. PLUS MY NAME IS ABBY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    A Hint of magic

    In this magical book full of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Help

    I need to write a real review for LA class and its hard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Witches

    I cant believe they put tom edison in there and turned into a cat loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Love Abbie!

    Amazing story! Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Raylen

    Good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    Cute

    Very cute story

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    yeah

    this is the best book i have ever read i love how steam comes out of her dads ears

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    This book made me feel bad when abbie got in trouble and nearly shriek in scary parts.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Abbie Adams has a lot to worry about. Her little brother isn't always good at controlling his magic, so she often has to use her own magic to reverse his spells and make his first-grade teacher and his classmates forget weird things they've seen. But sometimes she forgets to cover her own tracks well enough, so she gets in trouble with her strict, fifth-grade teacher. And she doesn't study enough at school or on her magical talents. When she discovers that her new kitten is actually a boy under an enchanting spell, she finds motivation to learn more about history and magic to help him out.

    The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter is a fun look at how witches would have to adjust if they went about their daily lives among non-magical people. Some things are off limits, like casting forgetting spells just so you won't get in trouble even if you deserve it. And some witches are evil, like the powerful witch who turned the boy into a kitten and plans to alter the history of technology.

    Abbie has a fresh, winning voice that makes her seem like any other fifth grader. Whether she's trying to save her little brother, help her parents, act in the school play, or save her kitten, Abbie's charm is her sincerity and her desire to do the right thing. Moms and daughters will both fall in love with Abbie and her family as they explore science, history and a little bit of magic. I recommend The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    cute and lighthearted

    Witchy Worries is Rhonda Hayter's first book and its a very fun and cute book about Abbie Adams and all the things that happens to her family.

    Abbie can't tell anyone she is a witch, so she is always getting into trouble trying to keep her little brother from letting the family secret out on accident. She sort of feels alone because she can't talk to her best friend about anything that goes on in the family. So when her father brings home a kitten Abbie is so happy. She notices something strange about her new kitten, he seems to want to read books. When she looks him in the eyes she finds out he is a boy, not a cat.

    Her family set out to try and find a way to disenchant the young boy, but things are not going to well. Things get really interesting when they find out he is Thomas Edison. If they can't find a way to get him back to the past, what will happen to the future. There would be none of his inventions!

    Abbie feels the weight of everything from being lonely to trying to figure out how to help Thomas. So many things for a young witch to have to worry about.

    Rhonda gives us a great loving family to read about. Abbies Father is a Doctor trying to find a cure for the Witch Flu, Her mom is sometimes a bit to busy to cook (so she magicly whips up some food..wish I could do that..lol) She has a little brother who bugs her but she always helps him out though most of the time it gets her in trouble. (great big sister) They are a lot like most normal families except they are witches.

    I really thought that this was a cute book, its one that young readers can really enjoy. It has a bit of magic, a little excitement, cute furry kitten, and a grand adventure. It is really geared towards thoughs that are 12yrs or younger but I think that some older readers might find it a fun novel to read when looking for something light-hearted.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Endearingly sweet, funny story!

    Above all, Witchy Worries is plan fun! It was such a refreshing change from what I normally read, I am thinking I might read more Middle Grade (MG) novels! I think Witchy Worries would make a perfect elementary school "read aloud" book, I think it's got what it takes to be interesting to both boys and girls, what kid does not want to read about Magic after all, and Abbie's world is so unique!

    Abbie is a witch in a world of mortals, trying to make everything "fit." With a little brother whom she's trying to help teach that there's a time and a place for magic and school, where all the mortals are is NOT the place; a best friend whom she can't tell that she's a witch; parents who come in the house in a whorl of smoke, even when her best friend is over; not to mention a cat whom she just knows is a boy NOT a cat; it's getting harder and harder for Abbie to make it all fit, after all she is just 11!

    Though with help, and loving support of her awesome parents, Abbie learns though out Witchy Worries that no matter what she does, they will always offer her a safe place to land! Though there might be consequences of her actions (both right and wrong) they love her and support her no matter what! I LOVED this message!!


    Bottom Line - with a little magic, a little science, a little history and a big heart The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams is sure to be a big hit with elementary and middle school children! It's got a wonderful message, which is told though a cute and endearing story!

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