Review: The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

 

Title: The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams

Author: Rhonda Hayter

Publisher: Dial

ISBN: 978-0803734685

 

You can enter to win a copy of The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by clicking here – contest ends January 9th!

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

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.

Review:

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.

Grade:  A-

Review copy purchased from Amazon