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Enter three witches
Gilmore, Kate.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1990]

Bren is fearful of having the girl of his dreams meet his family of witches, but after a school production of Macbeth which is attended by his family who cause startling effects, he realizes a meeting has already taken place.
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900 Lexile.
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Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.6 12 Quiz: 03612 Guided reading level: NR.
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Sixteen-year-old Bren West is afraid of losing his new girlfriend, Erika, when he brings her home to meet the three witches he lives with.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. Uncomfortable about his home life (his mother and grandmother are witches, and Louise LaReine, who occupies their garden apartment, is a voodoo priestess), Bren has been a loner, finding solace in Central Park and with his dog Shadow. Now his one friend, Eli, has convinced him to help with lights for the school production of Macbeth. When Bren meets Erika, First Witch and most-bewitching dancer, his life changes. But fearing a breakdown in their new relationship, he determines to keep Miranda, his mother, and Erika apart. This is easier said than done, however, as both are determined people. On opening night, following a disastrous technical rehearsal that does not bode well for the "Scottish play," the three witches on stage and the three witches from Bren's home life create an electrifying atmosphere that brings the disparate threads of the plot to a dramatic close. The combination of first romance and magic is a dynamic one, and Gilmore nimbly carries off the blend with wit and grace. Especially strong characters are imbued with individuality that seemingly lifts them off the page. The story has some elements similar to Margaret Mahy's The Changeover and will provide a pleasing entree to that more complicated novel. Witchery at its best. --Barbara Elleman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bret lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and, at 16, he's met his first love. Ironically, Erika, the girl of his dreams is playing a witch in their school production of Macbeth. In real life, Bret's mother is a witch, his grandmother a fortune-teller and their tenant a voodoo priestess. As for Bret's father, he has moved out and sees Bret only on weekends. Longing for a normal family, Bret tries to keep his odd relatives a secret from Erika, but finds that parents aren't something one can hide, especially when they are determined to be ``helpful.'' Calling to mind a family-problem-novel version of Suzy McKee Charnas's The Silver Glove , Gilmore offers a portrait of young love by way of stagecraft and magic. Not as dramatic as her Remembrance of the Sun , the story nevertheless has a quiet, solid charm. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-- A quirky YA novel that sparkles with a sense of humor, graceful style, fully drawn setting, and rich characters. It chronicles how Bren copes with his parents' separation, his first love, his responsibilities in the school play, and his yearning for a normal, uneventful life. Beyond the array of these typical teenage trials is the plot's pivotal twist: Bren's mother is a practicing witch who insists on summoning him at the moment of his first kiss, providing special effects for the school's production of Macbeth , and meddling in his life with powers beyond those of an ordinary interfering mother. The denouement, in which the ordinary meshes with the supernatural, lapses into silliness, but, on the whole, this is an entertaining and magical story. --Doris A. Fong, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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