Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

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Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald's, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by a foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062075116
006207511X
Branch Call Number: FICTION (JUV)
Characteristics: 117 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Zelinsky, Paul O. - Illustrator

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andreareads
May 09, 2013

Great illustrations - spot the frog! Text seems a little unfinished, not surprising since sadly this was Jones's last book.

rdl727 Dec 27, 2012

Read in December, 2012

I thought I'd like this book but found it lacking. The story moves at quite a quick pace which is great but nothing in this book seems grounded or thought out. I'm convinced this book was meant to be first in a series for several reasons. We are introduced to primary characters that are never developed or disappear altogether right after they're introduced. I can only imagine that the author, who is now deceased, planned to expand their backgrounds and story lines at a later time. There were questions that might have been answered in later stories such as, why was Earwig left on the doorstep of an orphanage, is Earwig a witch herself, what did the strange couple who claim they want Earwig as a foster child really want with her, and, in fact, who are they to begin with? I agree with another reviewer who feels this book might even have been a first draft. She also noted that the epilogue is just a throw away--as if the writer thought, I won't be able to finish this story so let's just wrap it up. (It is a terrible epilogue, in my opinion.) And, finally, I never knew what to make of her boast that she could make anyone do whatever she wanted them to do. She didn't appear to use magic just manipulation. Weird. It wasn't like she was horrible and eventually became good. She was rather likable in spite of being very manipulative. I would not recommend this

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Jul 21, 2014

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Jul 21, 2014

Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who's boss.

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