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Whispering to Witches

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Whispering to Witches

Joe slid, face first, underneath a desk, narrowly avoiding a pair of square-toed black shoes with shiny silver buckles. A cat screeched in his ear and sprang on to his back. It sank its claws through his blazer and into his flesh. Joe rolled over to dislodge the cat, which hissed and spat as it leaped on to an armchair.

So begins the real adventure of Joe Binks when he journeys to Canterbury to spend what he thinks will be a dull holiday with his mother, stepfather and 7-year-old sister. Getting off at the wrong stop, he borrows a strange tricycle to ride into Canterbury but is waylaid when the tricycle takes him smack-dab into the middle of Dead-nettle Coven. Although Joe knows little to nothing about witches, he is soon caught up in a hunt for a missing page from a famous spell book (MABEL'S BOOK). Twiggy, a young novice witch, becomes Joe's friend as they work together to figure out the puzzles surrounding the strange happenings in the covens.

Before you know it Joe is wildly riding a broomstick with Twiggy and spying on the evil Viper Coven. There's more to this mystery than a missing page --- in fact, there seems to be some kind of conspiracy --- but what and why? Joe and Twiggy are determined to find out.

Along the way the reader is introduced to all sorts of colorful characters, including Lydia the librarian (with some very dark secrets of her own), two rats (are they really rats?) named Dunkel and Fleck, the sinister Logan Dritch (who is definitely after "something") and a wonderful, magical cat named Squib. Joe certainly doesn't have a dull Christmas vacation, and readers will enjoy being whisked along in this clever fantasy/adventure as Joe and Twiggy unravel a most interesting plot.

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on September 27, 2004

Whispering to Witches
by Anna Dale

  • Publication Date: September 27, 2004
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
  • ISBN-10: 1582348901
  • ISBN-13: 9781582348902