Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter
Abbie Adams and her family come from a long line of witches, and she’s having a tough time keeping it a secret from her best friend and the rest of her school, especially the day her little brother morphs into a wolf and tries to eat his teacher. That’s also the day her father brings home a kitten.

But when Abbie looks into the kitten’s eyes, she realizes there’s a boy in there! He’s under a spell and soon the whole family bands together to rescue him.

They are shocked to realize he’s none other than the young Thomas Edison, and if they don’t save him fast, he’ll never change the world with his inventions.


What a fun and original debut! I love reading middle grade because they never cease to make me smile and look back fondly at my elementary/middle school years.

Abbie was a free spirited and extremely likable main character. Abbie, her younger brother, Munch, and her parents were all witches, but life wasn't always easy for them. Especially because Abbie doesn't have a Hogwarts to attend and must go to school with humans. This does cause Abbie to get into a bit of mischief because she occasionally has to do magic to keep her brother from accidentally revealing their secret. She also is so busy at home learning magic spells and witch history that she doesn't have much time for homework. My heart went out to Abbie because things really must have been hard for her. I mean who wants to have to keep such a big secret from your best friend?

I loved how Abbie's parents and younger brother played such a prominent role in the story. They were sweet, if not a bit odd, and always treated their kids with kindness. Things got a little hectic for the Adams' when Abbie's new kitten turns out to be a human that was cursed and transformed into a feline by an evil witch. To further complicate things, "Tom" is not just any human, but the famous inventor Thomas Edison!

From there a lot of twists and turns in the plot start occurring as the Adams' race to find a spell to make Tom a human again and return him to the past before history, and thus the present, is changed.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams was a fast paced and creative debut sure to appeal to all middle grade readers. Abbie is a heroine I constantly wanted the best for and she always made me laugh. There were some interesting historical facts intertwined in the story and Rhonda Hayter presented witches in her own fun way.

I definitely recommend this to anyone eight and up and I'm looking forward to reading more by Rhonda Hayter in the future!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

April 1, 2010/Dial/242 Pages/Middle Grade

Source: Author (Hardcover)


  1. This book was so cute. I passed it on to my 10 year old niece and she loved it too!

  2. I have always loved the cover on this one....both cute and magical. Never imagined that the kitten was actually a famous figure in the making! Who'd have thought? Quite original...I agree. Sounds like the parents were portrayed well too....many times they are either left out of the picture altogether or shown in a bad light. Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

  3. I have this one in my TBR pile so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. Hopefully I will as well when I get the chance to read it.

  4. Wow, it sounds like a fun read! Great review. =)

  5. great review, will recommended it to my niece's daughter.


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