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The witch at the window
Chew, Ruth, author, illustrator.
First Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2014]

Physical Description:
123 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When Nick and Marjorie find a large wooden spoon in the park, they find themselves in an adventure involving a talking starling, a witch, a hollow tree, and a book of magic spells.
General Note:
"A Stepping Stone book."

Originally published: New York : Scholastic, Inc., 1984.
Reading Level:
490 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 2.0 169430.


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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area

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For decades, Ruth Chew's classic chapter books full of everyday magic have enchanted early readers. Now that they are in print again, a new generation can fall under her spell and fall in love with reading.

Why did a witch appear at Nick's window?

Could it have something to do with a mysterious tree in Prospect Park? Ever since Nick and Marjorie discovered it, strange things have been happening. First, they find an odd spoon with no owner. Then a spooky bird follows them home--and talks to them! It must be the witch's magic!

But where has she vanished to? And what is she looking for?

Author Notes

RUTH CHEW was born in Minneapolis and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Working as a fashion artist, she started writing stories about witches for the youngest of her five children. The first of these, The WednesdayWitch, was a big hit, and her new career was born. Ruth Chew went on to write twenty-nine tales of magic and fantasy that have enchanted generations of readers.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Fantasy author Chew knew how to tempt kids: spells, witches, wizards, and sea serpents were all to be found in her burgeoning bag of tricks. Starting in 2013, with No Such Thing as a Witch, and Three Witch Tales, and What the Witch Left, Random House has been rereleasing her books, jazzed up with new jacket art, under the series title "A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book." These offerings all retain Chew's classic black-and-white illustrations, and there's even an Easter egg for readers with a love of all things vintage (removing the dust jacket reveals the old covers by Chew, still intact). Each of these latest rereleases follows a different boy-girl pair through an exhilarating adventure, packed with whimsical details and kid-friendly thrills. In Magic in the Park, Jennifer, a newcomer to Brooklyn, explores Prospect Park with her friend Mike, discovering a strange-and possibly magical-old man who feeds the birds, while in The Would-be Witch, siblings Andy and Robin shrink down to the size of mice and ride a magical flying dustpan, only to find themselves in the company of witches. These titles will attract a new generation of budding fantasy fans. Look for new editions of Chew's other books, still to come. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.