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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review: The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

The Witchy Worries of Abbie AdamsAbbie Adams comes 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. Abbie's been begging for a cat for months, and she falls in love with that fluffy fuzzball right away. But there's something peculiar about this kitten, and it just might take a witch like Abbie to figure it out what it is. Children, ages 9-12

I was hooked at - “The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams”! How could you not want to read a book with that title??
Abbie is a fifth grader with all the usual problems…….a mean teacher, too much homework, a baby brother that she always has to get out of trouble. Except that she’s also a witch – and the trouble her baby brother (Munch) gets into is anything but normal. She actually had to freeze time to stop Munch from turning into a werewolf and bite his teacher for giving him a time out! Since she’s still learning her spells, sometimes they don’t turn out right and she gets in trouble…again… she can’t tell her very best friend Callie about any of this. Sometimes being a witch can be lonely.
But never dull. When her dad brings home a kitten as a pet for Abbie, she sees there is more than meets the eye with this cute & exceptionally smart furball. Is a kitten supposed to read through all your science books faster than you?
It seems a powerful witch is messing with time itself and it’s up to Abbie and her family to find out who and solve the mystery of Tom the kitten and set things right.
Sound adorable? It is. Aside from the obvious cute factor, this is also a story with positive messages. Abbie makes mistakes and learns from them. She’s a great role model for young girls. I also liked the way Hayter portrayed the Abbie’s family. A little too idyllic to be sure, but still a nice change of pace.
Loved: I said it before but…it’s just adorable. I love animals and the story with Tom the kitten would have been a dream come true to me when I was a little girl!
Nitpick: It was a little slow to start and I think it would have been better if it was a tad shorter. I think this book should have a few more illustrations - maybe at each chapter title – depicting a scene.

Rating: 3 out of 4! Great book for kids and I really hope it becomes a series – I could imagine all the places Abbie will go

*Author's website: Rhonda Hayter
*Buy the book! The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams
*Rhonda is an author from the class of 2k10. Go check out the great YA and mid-grade books coming up   next!

Read my interview with Rhonda Hayter!! HERE


  1. This sounds like something fun to read, I'm going to be looking for it! Great Review!

  2. Awww!! This looks so cute!! I've seen it around but hadn't read a review yet, I think I'll look into it. Sounds like the kitten is a cutie!

  3. I bought this book for my 9 yr old daughters at the school book fair. I ended up reading it while I was waiting for them to get ready for school in the mornings. It is so cute and it keeps your attention even with out pics. A must read.

    mom - age 40