Sadie's Story
Sadie's Story

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Series: Backyard Witch Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When her two best friends take a vacation without her, nine-year-old Sadie meets a witch who takes her on a bird-watching adventure.
Catalog Number: #142587
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Marcero, Deborah,
Pages: 170 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-233839-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97921-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-233839-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97921-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014029443
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Kicking off this new early chapter book series, a backyard witch cures a young girl's loneliness and boredom. Left behind when her two best friends go on vacation, nine-year-old Sadie is comforted and entertained by a friendly witch who appears of! her backyard playhouse. Time passes quickly as Ms. M, the snaggle-toothed witch, enlists Sadie in her hunt for her missing cat and her best friend, accidentally transformed into a yellow warbler. Ms. M shares her knack for identifying birds and, upon her departure, leaves Sadie with a bird guide and some sensible advice: "The most powerful magic is . . . paying attention." The sprightly third-person narrative moves along with plenty of dialogue and humor, especially as the witch often says and does the unexpected. Mild suspense is supplied by Sadie's parents' determination to sell the playhouse. Vignettes and occasional full-page gray-scale images support the text and add interest. A helpful afterword invites readers to become "twitchers" (birders) themselves. An appealing package with sequels promised.
School Library Journal
Gr 2&11;4&12; Sadie's two best friends, Jess and Maya, are going on vacation without her. She is miserable thinking about what she will do while they are away when she discovers that something magical is occuring in her very own backyard. A witch has moved into her playhouse. The witch is searching for her friends Ethel, a bird, and Onyx, a cat. Sadie vows to help the witch find her friends and learns about different types of birds along the way. This is a delightful adventure with humorous characters that will keep the interest of young readers. Charming black-and-white illustrations add to the overall mood of the story. VERDICT The first in a new series, fans of "Ivy and Bean" (Chronicle) and "Clementine" (Disney-Hyperion) will enjoy this new addition.&12; Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Word Count: 15,114
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 176155 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 600L

A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will Sadie ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood—and herself—with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann—writing together and for younger readers for the first time—have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s young novels.

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