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The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams: 12/26/15

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter is a modern day Bewitched but from a tweenager's point of view. Abbie goes to a mortal (or to use the Harry Potter term, muggle) school where she has to keep her kindergartner brother from using his magic willy nilly. Her father is a doctor, a la Dr. Bombay, and he's desperate to find a cure for witch flu before an epidemic hits.

In the middle of Abbie's regular life chaos, comes an unusual kitten. Now as any Bewitched fan knows, that kitten is probably someone transformed (by will or by curse). Sure enough, this one is too and the story he has to tell is one that turns Abbie's life upside down.

It's a fun book and a nice break from the witches and wizards of the Harry Potter (and inspired) books. Likewise, the witches in Abbie's world aren't as single minded as many American born stories that follow the Charmed formula (wiccans vs warlocks). These instead are people who have magic and are otherwise as diverse as the regular folks they sometimes chose to live amongst.

Four stars

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