It’s time for Grayling to be a hero. Her mother, a “wise woman” --- a sort of witch --- has been turned into a tree by evil forces. Tangles and toadstools! Lacking confidence after years of being called “Feeble Wits” by her mother, Grayling heads off dubiously into the wilds in search of help, where she finds a weather witch, an aromatic enchantress, a cheese soothsayer, a slyly foolish apprentice, and a shape-shifting mouse named Pook! A fast-paced and funny coming-of-age odyssey from a Newbery medalist.
Will Sparrow has always been a liar and thief, but now he is also a runaway. However as he meets more con artists he realizes he is far from the best. When he is forced to join a traveling troupe of "oddities" he learns that apperances are misleading.