- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780385740753
- ISBN-13: 978-0385740753
- ASIN: 0385740751
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beswitched Hardcover – December 13, 2011
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Starred Review, Booklist, October 15, 2011:
"...this absorbing novel, first published in Great Britain in 2010, features a dimensional, delightful protagonist, whose personality and growth ring true...Along with the entertaining magical elements, the universal themes of self-discovery and looking beyond appearances combine into a wholly engaging and enjoyable read."
About the Author
KATE SAUNDERS has written lots of books for adults and children. She lives in London with her son and her three cats.
Top customer reviews
Our heroine teams up with her three roommates; Pete, the headstrong and stubborn "leader" of the group; Pogo, the shrewd and thoughtful partner; and Dulcie, who true to her name is sweet and gentle. They believe Flora has been brought to their time to perform a mission. The question is, what is the mission and how can they help her achieve it and return to her own life.
This is a quick read and provides a nice little twist at the end. I'm rating it a 3.5 as I did get rather tired of the constant emphasis on Pete's overbearing personality. A bit more subtlety would have earned a solid 4.0, but it's still worth picking up.
Without going into spoiler territory, I also love that Saunders doesn't wimp out on the ending: she doesn't explain everything away as a dream, or make magic somehow a domain of childhood that you're forced to forget after the adventure or else as you grow up.