Witch at the Door (Spell Casters)

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When eleven-year-old Sally discovers that the girl who showed up on her doorstep is a witch, she gets caught up in the search for the aunt of this unusual house guest

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Given the title of this debut volume in the Spell Casters series, there is no question about the nature of the green-eyed girl who appears at Sally's ramshackle Victorian home in St. Louis one night during a violent storm. Suspense and subtlety, in fact, are in somewhat short supply throughout; however, the plot is spirited and both the characterizations and the prose are more polished than typically on offer from a paperback series. An orphan who has been living with her overbearing grandmother in Salem, Mass., Lucinda is searching for her aunt, who, it emerges, had been squatting at the house before Sally's family purchased it. The items in the girl's tattered suitcase?a mysterious book and a crystal pitcher?tip off Sally that Lucinda may be no ordinary 11-year-old. And she becomes all the more suspicious when her guest cleans up the breakfast dishes in a split second and, with a wave and a whistle reminiscent of a renowned TV witch's twitching nose, brings on well-deserved humiliation to a bullying, snobby classmate of Sally's. After Lucinda lets her new friend in on her secret, the two track down the young witch's missing aunt, who agrees that Lucinda can live with Sally and her parents (conveniently, they had been trying to adopt a child). Thus Warriner sets the stage for subsequent installments in a series that promises to conjure up light, quick-moving tales?and to please fans of that newly famous TV witch, Sabrina. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-6-When Lucinda appears at their door, Sally Schuman and her parents are willing to overlook some eerie foreshadowing and take her in. The girl is searching for her Aunt Delilah, and she insists that the woman lives in the Victorian house the Schuman family has just bought, though town records contradict her story. When Lucinda accompanies Sally to school, the plot loses its sinister tone and never really regains its chill. Finally, Lucinda admits that she is a witch, and shares her angst at trying to live up to her grandmother's adherence to witch traditions. Delilah contacts her and reveals that she is in trouble, and the girls walk in on a confrontation between the aunt and Rafe, a sinister character on an errand for "Grammy." The conventions for a horror series are all here-voices cackling, magic spells, and strangers staring out of mirrors. However, the story trivializes a serious theme of modern life-a dysfunctional family battling over custody. Readers are let down when the tension is relieved not by the resolution of a mystery, but simply by Sally's split-second turnabout from fear to the idea that a witch in the house may bring some excitement to Lakeville. A motley brew that never really comes to a boil.
Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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