Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She's also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is...well, different. She's read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says "please" or "thank you." And she says she is a witch. It's not always easy being friends with a witch, but it's never boring. At first an apprentice and then a journeyman witch, Elizabeth learns to eat raw ends and how to cast small spells. And she and Jennifer collaborate on cooking up an ointment that will enable them to fly. That's when a marvelous toad, Hilary Ezra, enters their lives. And that's when trouble starts to brew. Show More Show Less
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by E.L. Konigsburg
by Tony Johnston
by Shirley Jackson
by E.L. Tettensor
by Ralph Compton, E.L. Ripley
"Two fifth-grade girls establish an unusual interracial friendship. Jennifer, a "witch," and Elizabeth, the first-person narrator who becomes Jennifer's apprentice, meet on Halloween morning in the woods just beyond school. Each girl has her own reason for loneliness; the subtle power imbalance between them only brings their isolation into sharper focus. Carol Stewart's measured, declarative style suits the tone and temper of the story, although the sagacity of Elizabeth's narration sometimes seems to exceed her years and further dates the 32-year-old Newbery Honor tale. Nevertheless, the universal feelings of loneliness and the need for friendship shine through in this recording of the story of an interracial communion between the two girls. T.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"