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The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow
     

The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow

by Riford Mckenzie
 

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When his two strange aunts arrive at Dredmoore Hollow, eleven-year-old Elijah finds his life turned upside down. His parents suddenly leave town, and he’s whisked away to stay with Serena and Agnes on Moaning Marsh, where they run the world’s most mysterious beauty salon.

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When his two strange aunts arrive at Dredmoore Hollow, eleven-year-old Elijah finds his life turned upside down. His parents suddenly leave town, and he’s whisked away to stay with Serena and Agnes on Moaning Marsh, where they run the world’s most mysterious beauty salon.

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Horn Book Guide
Unbeknownst to Eli, his mama—a closet witch—shut down the family business. Only he possesses the main ingredient (the first whisker from a Dredmoore male) to restart things, and his aunts plot to hold him captive until that initial hair appears. A host of special effects and an assortment of odd characters keep the story's action plugging right along.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–It comes as a shock to 11-year-old Elijah to find his Aunt Serena and Aunt Agnes descend upon his family since his mother had never told her husband or son that she had siblings. Fifteen years earlier, the women had quarreled, were under a curse, and had broken a magic cauldron. And now the aunts have come because they needed their nephew to reverse the spell. These truly evil women “remove” his parents, kidnap him, and take him to their fiendish, squalid house to do their dastardly deeds. Unable to escape, he is put under spells, but discovers that he, too, has magical powers. It's a good thing because time after time Elijah and his new friend, Dez, are in deep trouble and need magic to escape. Set in 1927, the book has continuous action and piles of demonic atmosphere. While it lacks the sardonic wit found in Roald Dahl's gleeful tales about witches, it does have lots of suspense. And, at the end, timid, resourceful Elijah turns into a hero.–Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Set in 1927 rural New England, McKenzie's atmospheric debut contains all the trappings of a good dark-and-stormy-night ghost story. Elijah, nearly 12, never suspects his plain, kindly farm mother is a witch, until two dotty aunts arrive at Dredmoore Hollow out of the blue and spirit him away to their creepy overgrown home at Moaning Marsh. These strangely glamorous ladies are up to something in their Magic Snippers beauty salon, where customers enter at their own risk, while the lugubrious hired hand Mr. Grobbs skulks about with his ever-present hunchback wolf, Jack. The evil aunts, who have been feuding with Elijah's mother for 15 years, are inordinately interested in Elijah's chin-namely his first whisker, which they will add to their cauldron potion and thereby rehabilitate the Dredmoore "curse." Written in the personable, gutsy voice of plainspoken Elijah, McKenzie's work betrays some influence of the Potter books, as well as a bit of Poe and Irving, but delivers a fresh, spooky shiver. (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477817025
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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