Sadie's Story (Backyard Witch #1) (Hardcover)
A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic.
Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will Sadie ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood—and herself—with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann—writing together and for younger readers for the first time—have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s young novels.
“A delightful adventure with humorous characters that will keep the interest of young readers.”
“Charming...Ms. M’s understated motivational techniques hit just the right note of subtle encouragement as Sadie looks inside herself and at the world around her to find a different kind of magic.”
“Ms. M. is a combination of Mary Poppins (with her briskly sympathetic, no-nonsense demeanor) and a stand-up comedian.…She’s great company…and, best of all, she’s a birdwatcher.…Sprightly prose will pull in chapter book readers, and spot illustrations keep the page design lively.”
“Ms. M is no typical witch—her brand of magic is more natural and inspirational than built around potions and spells.…Marcero’s occasional b&w illustrations play into the light, fun tone, and…Sadie looks inside herself and at the world around her to find a different kind of magic.”
“Ms. M sports the usual black dress and pointy hat, but her brand of magic isn’t so much eye of the newt, toe of the frog as it is about finding enchantment in the world around her. …Spot on for the age group.”