Not Just a Witch by Eva Ibbotson

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"so your spell changed Basil into a bulldog?" gasped Daniel. "Yes," said Heckie. "I adore bulldogs." Heckie is not just a witch. She's a good witch who wants to make the world a better place. So, with her Toe of Transformation an her Knuckle of Power she turns unpleasant people into animals. But to her surprise, Basil's parents want their son back... "Eva Ibbotson has assumed the mantle of Roald Dahl." School Librarian

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Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria, on January 21, 1925. She graduated from Bedford College, London with a degree in physiology in 1945 and the University of Durham with a degree in education in 1965. Her first book, The Great Ghost Rescue, was published in 1975. She primarily wrote children's book and romance novels for adults and young adults. Her other works include The Secret of Platform 13, The Star of Kazan, Which Witch?, Island of the Aunts, Dial-a-Ghost, The Ogre of Oglefort, A Company of Swans, and A Song For Summer. She won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Journey to the River Sea. She died on October 20, 2010 at the age of 85.
Published April 9, 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books. 176 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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The author trots in her customary cast of caricatured adults and lively, intelligent children, presents a varied catalogue of criminals, including a ruthless chicken farmer and a racist demagogue, then brings her tale to a satisfying close with Warthag behind bars, and the witches friends again.

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And there are some creative turns -- and hilarious moments (such as when the Heckie's half-dragon/ half-worm tells her how much he hated his aquatic life, before he was transformed, "Being a duck was the most boring thing that ever happened to me.") But young readers drawn in by the witchy-premis...

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