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Witch's wishes
Vande Velde, Vivian.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2003]

Physical Description:
91 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
On Halloween, six-year-old Sarah encounters a witch who repays her kindness by making her magic wand real for the night, resulting in a series of wishes come true that the witch then has to fix.
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 2.0 73326.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.7 6 Quiz: 41956.
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X Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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It's Halloween and Sarah helps out a witch who is in trouble. The witch repays Sarah's kindness by offering to make all her wishes in one night come true. Hilarious chaos ensues in this story about what happens when you're not careful what you wish for.

Author Notes

Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at children and young adults. She currently resides in Rochester, New York. Her novels and short story collections usually contain elements of horror, fantasy, and humor. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Vande Velde, known for her many humorous mystery and fantasy titles (most recently, Wizard at Work, 2003), offers a not-too-scary tale suitable for younger middle-grade readers. While trick-or-treating, six-year-old Sarah and her obnoxious older brother encounter a befuddled old witch struggling to get out of a grocery store dumpster. The kind girl lends a hand, prompting the witch to grant Sarah's costume wand magical powers for the night. Of course, things turn out badly, and before the evening is over everyone in the world has a puppy. The witch tries to undo all the damage, but it takes her several hilarious reruns of the night (think Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day) before she gets things right. Short chapters, large print, and scattered sketches make for a pleasing, nonthreatening format. Vande Velde's strength is her keen ear for snappy, middle-grade dialogue, and the witty repartee between the witch and her household appliances will please children even slightly older than the target audience. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This funny, exciting Halloween romp will entertain readers long after the holiday has passed. On her way to the All Hallows' Eve Ghastly Gala A-go-go, a scatterbrained old witch avoids a collision with the Channel 12 air traffic report helicopter. Trick-or-treater Sarah, six, sees her fall from the sky and gives her a Band-Aid. The witch repays the kindness by turning the child's fairy-princess-costume wand into a magical one that grants wishes. At first, these wishes are harmless enough, but then her desires begin to wreak havoc, as when she wishes that everyone had a dog. To remedy the problem, the witch tries a reversal spell that brings even more disasters. Silhouette illustrations decorate the opening pages of chapters. This beginning chapter book is for a much younger set than Vande Velde's usual audience, but the author maintains the wry wit and entertaining fantasy for which she is known. Readers will be kept on the edge of their broomsticks wondering how Sarah's life will ever be put back to normal.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.