Author: Rhonda Hayter
Publication Date: April 2010
Tags: middle-grade fantasy, witches, family
Pages: approx 256
Book Acquisition: Traveling ARC Tours
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Abbie Adams and her family come from a long line of witches, and she’s having a tough time keeping it a secret from her best friend and the rest of her school, especially the day her little brother morphs into a wolf and tries to eat his teacher. That’s also the day her father brings home a kitten.
But when Abbie looks into the kitten’s eyes, she realizes there’s a boy in there! He’s under a spell and soon the whole family bands together to rescue him.
They are shocked to realize he’s none other than the young Thomas Edison, and if they don’t save him fast, he’ll never change the world with his inventions.
There are a few words I need to say about this book - No Bookmark Needed! (And no! You cannot dog-ear the pages – how dare you even ask!) Seriously guys, I think I put it down maybe twice. I enjoyed the story so much I just couldn't wait to turn another page!
It's an easy read but it's also a very fun read. I think the age range is just perfect but at the same time, it's a book I think that older readers, like myself, would really enjoy as well.
I absolutely love Abbie's family. Her little brother is a perfect combination of annoying and cute. Her parents are loving but also realistic and the world Rhonda has created is just plain fun. It's a witchy world full of spell casting, secret keeping, evil doers and time travel.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that no matter what happens, Abbie's family is always there for her. They really work as a team to solve their witchy problems. Between not being able to tell her best friend that she is a witch, working double time at school keeping her brother from causing all sorts of trouble and worrying about Tom, her kitten (sort of :), Abbie really needs the strength of her family behind her - and she gets it.
As a bonus, I actually learned a lot about Thomas Edison :) It didn't feel like a history lesson though which I think would appeal to young readers.
I highly recommend this book to fans of middle grade fantasy and to anyone who is in the mood for a spunky tale full of lovable characters.
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