The Only Thing Worse Than Witches (Hardcover)

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When Rupert Campbell answers a curious posting for a witch's assistant, he directly defies his mother's command to stay far, far away from any and all witches. But Witchling Two doesn't seem very scary... Apart from being a terrible spell-caster, she's actually quite nice and quite possibly the best friend Rupert's ever had. But humans and witches aren't meant to mix and soon the two friends find themselves in deep trouble. Will Witchling Two be able to pass the tests required to become a full-fledged witch? Will Rupert survive his terrifying and distinctly witchy teacher, Mrs. Frabbleknacker? And can Two and Rupert's friendship survive the forces that threaten to keep them apart? Humor, a smart lesson about friendship, and an evil witch or two make The Only Thing Worse Than Witches a middle grade win!

— Sara


Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert's mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert's classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch's apprentice, Rupert simply can't resist applying.

But Witchling Two isn't exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She's determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling's magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting--and fast.

About the Author

Lauren Magaziner recently graduated from Hamilton College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Only Thing Worse Than Witches is her first book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780803739185
ISBN-10: 0803739184
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 14th, 2014
Pages: 262
Language: English