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witchyworriesofabbieadamsThe Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter
(ARC provided via Traveling ARC Tours)

Release Date: April 1, 2010

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers (A Division of Penguin Books)

Pages: 256

Ages: 9-12

Publishers Summary: Abbie Adams and her family come 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 out what it is.


“Honestly, I can’t say enough good about this book. When I was given the opportunity to review it I was thinking I was probably getting another Harry Potter wannabe, but I was very pleasantly surprised. A young girl, Abbie Adams, her magical family living in a non-magical world and some very strange coincidences all add up to a fabulous story with a history lesson to boot.

Telegraph“How do you feel about books that teach? Say I told you that you were going to have to read a 250 page book all about historical events…does it still sound appealing? Let me make it more definitive, how about a book all about say, Thomas Edison or the Founding Fathers of The United States of America? Still interested? Well, if so, you’re better than me. In high school I was definitely interested in these things, but hardly anyone could make them interesting or appealing. Somehow, with a wonderful blend of beautiful writing, a fabulous story and a history lesson…Rhonda Hayter has done it! I’ve actually found myself on Wikipedia looking up people from her book!

“Not only is there a history lesson to be learned in The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, but there is a wonderful story of friendship and family. Each member of her family cares about the other. Something I’m not so sure is common in every home today, but something I know we all can strive for. Even Abbie’s aunt plays a huge role in her life, not to mention that she’s an actress which is just what Abbie wants to be when she grows up. Abbie and her brother also have a wonderful dynamic between them. They show us all that we can sometimes be upset with our siblings (or anyone for that matter), but it’s important to love them first before anything else. In addition to these family members Abbie struggles to find the balance between friendship and her magical world that they are not a part of. She learns that sometimes there has to be a little bit of give when it comes to the secrets in her life, especially when it involves her closest friends.

“Every part of this story is delightful. There are twists and turns and some surprises to be found. In the end though it’s Rhonda Hayter’s writing that so seamlessly tells the story and her character Abbie, steals the show! Make sure to pick it up when it’s released in April! It was definitely a book I will be picking up and may even be making a trip down for her LA signing because I loved it just that much!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 and up (all the way to adults)!

“Check back tomorrow when Rhonda Hayter, author of The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, steals the show herself with a guest appearance here at There’s A Book!”

For the Comments: What do you think…is there room out there for more magical families than just those in the Harry Potter Universe? I think so, but what about you?

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17 Responses to The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

  1. Petty Witter says:

    I love the title of this book, it has such a nice flow to it. A great present for niece #2 who is 11, I’m sure I’ll read it as well though.
    .-= Petty Witter´s last blog ..AS INSPIRED BY SAINT PATRICK. =-.

  2. Gina says:

    Loved the review! This book sounds imaginative enough to stimulate the mind, but with just enough real-world ties to make you curious. That’s part of the discovery a new book creates…that want or desire to look into it further!

    In regards to your question…absolutely! I’ve discovered a few myself and enjoy them just as thoroughly! Thanks for sharing….and happy reading! =0)
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..The Tao of Mia and Leo by Jeffra A. Nicholson =-.

  3. Juju says:

    Great review.
    I want more magical families 🙂
    .-= Juju´s last blog ..The Dark Divine | Blog Tour Review, Interview, and Mini Contest =-.

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  5. Been a long time since I’ve seen a child witch plot in MG fiction! I was such a fan of Witch Week and Witch in the House and Matilda (well, she had powers!) when I was younger. I know I’d love this!
    .-= Bri Meets Books´s last blog ..Winner of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever =-.

  6. Wow this sounds like a great middle school read and one that might be a good book for next year’s book battle. Thanks for the review.

  7. anthy says:

    Huh, this sounds like an interesting book. I may want to pick it up to read myself, and also for my 9-year-old niece. She’s normally not a reader, but she DOES really love The Wizards of Waverly Place right now, so this might be just the sort of book she would like. 🙂

    Thank you for the review!

  8. Lara says:

    Can’t wait to read a copy of this! As an answer to your question, there is definitely room for more magic…sounds like Abbie Adams has just that.

    Thanks for a great review!

  9. Courtney says:

    Sounds great….did you ever read “The Chimney Witches”…it was one of my favorite books as a child. Hard to find at times, this reminds me of it in some ways!
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Snippets on a Sunday =-.

  10. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I like books that teach and if it keeps the kids interested that makes it so much better.

  11. Jessica says:

    Sounds like a really great read. Thanks for the review!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Contest – Book Giveaway =-.

  12. Katy says:

    Yes, definitely room for more magical families. Especially since HP is done with new books. 🙂 This sounds really cute and interesting! Great review!
    .-= Katy´s last blog ..Review: The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke =-.

  13. Callista says:

    There is definitely room for more magical families. There were some before Harry Potter too. I love stories about witches (not paranormal romance though) so I’m sure I’d love this!

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  15. Michael Thal says:

    With the magical power to turn teachers to toads, to stop time, and even travel into the past, Abbie Adams’ life sure is fascinating. With Hyter’s fluid writing style and cinematographic action, elementary and middle grade students will fall under Abbie’s spell for 34 fun-filled chapters.

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