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The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams Hardcover – April 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Fifth-grader Abbie Adams is a witch in a family of witches. When her father, who is trying to find a cure for Witch Flu, brings home a kitten, she realizes that there is something strange about it. It turns out that the cat is Thomas Edison. Her parents do everything they can to make him comfortable while they try to find the right spells to break the curse and get him safely back to his own era before history is changed forever. Abbie is a likable character, and readers should relate to her. She loves her little brother (even when she has to clean up his magical messes), is nervous about her first school play, and wishes she didn't have to keep secrets from her nonwitch friend. While not particularly magical, this is a light, serviceable read.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

For fifth-grader Abbie, being a modern-day witch can be fun, especially when she gets to do primary research for school by time-traveling. It also brings challenges, such as hiding her family’s magical abilities. Life gets more complicated when her new kitten turns out to be 13-year-old Thomas Edison, under enchantment. Soon, Abbie’s regular worries about performing in the school play or preventing her little brother from turning into a wolf and biting his teacher give way to new concerns about how to remove Tom’s spell and return him to his own time. Abbie’s breezy, personable narrative incorporates droll asides and references to Edison’s life and to famous literature, from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter. Her colorfully drawn family includes her physician father, whose attempts at curing dreaded “Witch Flu” add humor and depth. Whether facing familiar issues (fitting in, sibling challenges) or fantastical ones, such as developing and using her magic responsibly, Abbie is an appealing, peppy protagonist who finds that there are “all kinds of magic in the world . . . with or without witchcraft.” Grades 4-6. --Shelle Rosenfeld

More About the Author

Rhonda Hayter was born in St. Jean, Quebec. She was an actress for some time, appearing in plays on tour and in New York and Los Angeles. Now she works as a story analyst for a famous movie producer. When she and her husband found themselves with two little boys, one of whom morphed into a werewolf one day, The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams was born. Rhonda now lives in Los Angeles with her family. This is her first book.

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The characters are very relatable but the element of magic makes it an exciting, edge of the seat read.
Even though I'm not a tween I still enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend this to anyone who likes a good story.
Abbie Adams is a regular eleven-year old girl with normal problems like a really strict-fifth grade teacher.
Elizabeth Willis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Abbie would just like to be like a normal eleven year old girl. She wishes her only worries were her over bearing and heavy homework handed teacher Miss Linegar (rhymes with vinegar), and sharing secrets with her best friend Callie...

But Abbie is a young witch and that adds a whole other dimension to her eleven year old being.

For instance... she has a younger brother they call Munch. Munch can also do magic but has not figured out the boundaries of doing magic in non magical settings.... uhhhh.... like school. And really anywhere in public. Abbie is always having to keep an eye on him and put forget hexes on all those who see Munch in action. And of course there is Callie..... Abbie wishes she could share this secret with Callie, her one true best friend... but she can not.

Who knew 11 could be so hard?

And then comes Benjamin, the new kitten Abbie's dad brought home for her. Abbie has wanted a kitten for like EVER! Yet there is something different about this kitten who seems to enjoy reading everything he can get his paws on.....

and that is where it really gets interesting...

Abbie is a fun character that I can really see young girls from 7 - 15 really enjoying reading about. Yes, I would say this book is a MG (Middle Grade) read and I for one am cheering about that. While I have enjoyed many a YA, I also appreciate a well written MG to keep the pre YA's reading. It's a tough genre because you want it to be mature enough to hold their attention but not quite to the YA level of teen parties, dating, boyfriends, etc...

Rhonda Hayter does well in putting forth a likable and interesting character in Abbie Adams. I look forward to what Abbie will be up to next, and I thing MG readers will as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NewAgeMama TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams is a wonderful book for tweens. The characters are very relatable but the element of magic makes it an exciting, edge of the seat read. Rhonda Hayter, the author of the novel has worked as an actress and story analyst so she has a great background to enhance her imagination. This really comes through in her writing. My daughter really enjoyed this book and and had it finished in just one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Book Scout on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a fun and original debut! I love reading middle grade because they never cease to make me smile and look back fondly at my elementary/middle school years.

Abbie was a free spirited and extremely likable main character. Abbie, her younger brother, Munch, and her parents were all witches, but life wasn't always easy for them. Especially because Abbie doesn't have a Hogwarts to attend and must go to school with humans. This does cause Abbie to get into a bit of mischief because she occasionally has to do magic to keep her brother from accidentally revealing their secret. She also is so busy at home learning magic spells and witch history that she doesn't have much time for homework. My heart went out to Abbie because things really must have been hard for her. I mean who wants to have to keep such a big secret from your best friend?

I loved how Abbie's parents and younger brother played such a prominent role in the story. They were sweet, if not a bit odd, and always treated their kids with kindness. Things got a little hectic for the Adams' when Abbie's new kitten turns out to be a human that was cursed and transformed into a feline by an evil witch. To further complicate things, "Tom" is not just any human, but the famous inventor Thomas Edison!

From there a lot of twists and turns in the plot start occurring as the Adams' race to find a spell to make Tom a human again and return him to the past before history, and thus the present, is changed.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams was a fast paced and creative debut sure to appeal to all middle grade readers. Abbie is a heroine I constantly wanted the best for and she always made me laugh. There were some interesting historical facts intertwined in the story and Rhonda Hayter presented witches in her own fun way.

I definitely recommend this to anyone eight and up and I'm looking forward to reading more by Rhonda Hayter in the future!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gosh, I enjoyed this book! I didn't even mean to sit down and read it, but when it fell out of the TBR stack, I couldn't help myself. I got caught up in Abbie's witchy worries from the first page! The poor girl is a great kid, and she was doing double time trying to keep her unruly younger brother under control at school, and keep the fact that she's a witch a secret from everyone, including her BFF. I was totally charmed by Abbie, and I hope there will be more chances to spend time with her.

Rhonda Hayter's characters cracked me up. Abbie's dad gets as excited as her little brother, and colored smoke puffs out of his ears, or he zooms around the house in a fit of excitement. Her mom is calm and cool next to the rest of Abbie's family members. Though stern, she is also so understanding, which makes Abbie's rare lapses in judgment even more compelling. Abbie knows that she is making a mistake, but she is so overwhelmed that she can't help herself. I adored the relationships and the family dynamics in the book.

Abbie's world is one of wonder and magic. She goes to a regular school so she can better understand her non-magical peers, but she also has to study up on her witchy skills, too. She is one busy girl! She also is not perfect, and that is what I liked best about her. She gets in trouble for not doing her homework, trying to cover for her brother Munch, and for inadvertent discharges of built up magic. She even gets sent to the Principal's office! More than once!

When a stray kitten causes new complications in her life, her entire family gets involved to solve the tiny black feline's problems. For a light-hearted MG read, flush with magic and great characters, look no further than The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams. It really is a lot of fun to read.

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