Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

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Being the new kid in town isn't easy for Elizabeth until she meets Jennifer--an honest-to-goodness witch!
From the moment Jennifer starts sharing her powers with Elizabeth, their secret friendship is sealed. Each Saturday they meet in the park to cast spells and work on their witchcraft.
Then just when they think they've perfected their special flying potion, Jennifer and Elizabeth quarrel over the main ingredient. Will it take a magic spell to make them friends again?

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About the Author:

E.L. Konigsburg has never spent the night in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, like the heroine of her Newbery Medal-winning novel, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, does. But she was born in New York, and she is a part-time painter. In fact she's done the illustrations for a number of books.
 
Konigsburg did not grow up in the city. Her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was young, and most of her childhood was spent in small towns in that state. When she attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, she majored in chemistry, and after graduation she worked as a chemist, doing research and teaching. It wasn't until after she was married and had three children in school that Konigsburg began writing books.
 
What is exceptional about Konigsburg is her ability to communicate convincingly from the point of view of a child. As the reviewer for The Horn Book said of Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, "The story is full...of situations completely in tune with the imaginations of ten-year-old girls." One of Konigsburg's characters, Ben in (George), has an ornery inner voice called George that seems to have come from the mind of a real child.
 
Konigsburg, who now lives with her family in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, is the author of many books for children with a wide variety of subjects and settings. One of them is a novelized biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine; several are collections of short stories; another is a historical novel about the Mona Lisa; and the rest are wonderful novels. Most of her books were named American Library Association Notable Children's Books, and a number were chosen by The Horn Book magazine for its Fanfare List. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book.

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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

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