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Can Karen finally expose Morbidda Destiny as the witch?
on February 16, 2010
Synopsis: The book starts off with Karen Brewer explaining how she has two of everything, since she and her younger brother Andrew spend every other weekend with their father and stepmother, and the rest of the time with their mother and their stepfather. This time, Karen is spending the weekend at her father's house. Karen thinks her neighbor Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny because of the way she looks and acts. Karen is shocked to see Morbidda's cat Midnight on their doorstep after she arrives, and takes it as a bad omen. Later, she thinks she sees Morbidda Destiny fly out of her window in a broomstick with Midnight behind her, and the following day, overhears Morbidda Destiny in her garden talking about "company's coming" and "midnight". She thinks that Morbidda is going to have a meeting with other witches and warlocks at midnight and they are going to do something bad to the neighborhood. Karen takes it upon herself to save her neighborhood and tries to come up with a plan. Will she succeed in exposing the witch and her friends?
Review: I thought this was a fun book to read and a great start to the series. I liked how Karen sticks to her made up stories about Morbidda Destiny having meetings with other witches and warlocks, and how she and her friend Hannie have to conjure a spell with herbs and leaves to fight them. I also enjoyed the part where Karen sees Morbidda Destiny fly on a broomstick with her cat midnight, as this added an element of mystery as to whether Morbidda was really a witch or not. The illustrations were also very nicely drawn by Susan Tang, and I loved the one where Karen imagines herself in a parade that the mayor is throwing for her for exposing the witches.
Overall, I thought this was a great start for the Little Sister series in the Babysitters franchise, and would love to continue reading the series.