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category: Children's Fiction
published: Dec 2011
ISBN:9781552775370
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Witch of Bloor Street

by Beth Pollock

tagged: humorous stories, adolescence
Description

Sixth-grader Maggie Ito believes she has been cursed by the Witch of Bloor Street. While her friends all seem to be best at something - Sasha is best at art, Alice is the most musical, and even her nemesis Jarrett Johnson is the fastest runner - Maggie believes the curse is keeping her from being best at anything. Her attempts to break it become increasingly far-fetched, but her luck is still bad.
With the help of her friends and a supportive teacher, Maggie finds confidence in her own abilities and the strength to confront her "witch." [Fry Reading Level - 4.0

About the Author

Beth Pollock

BETH POLLOCK lives in Toronto, Ontario. She has written three books in the Streetlights series. Her Streetlights novel The Next Step was chosen as a Resource Links Year's Best in 2009 and The Witch of Bloor Street was chosen as a Resource Links Year's Best in 2011.

www.bethpollock.ca

Contributor Notes

BETH POLLOCK lives in Toronto, Ontario. This is her third book in the Streetlights series. Her Streetlights novel The Next Step was chosen as a Resource Links Year's Best in 2009.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 10
Grade:
3 to 5
Reading age:
8 to 10
Awards
  • Commended, One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links
  • Commended, One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links
Editorial Reviews

The rich cast of secondary characters, including Maggie's parents and small circle of understanding friends, help flesh out this satisfying story, which is told in Maggie's humorous, self-deprecating voice. Because Maggie is a particularly innocent sixth grader, readers as young as third grade can enjoy this window into the middle-school world and will hope to have friends like Magnolia and Sasha.

— www.kirkusreviews.com

"If I was still teaching in the grade six classroom, I would want this book for my girls. I would also expect to hear giggles while it was being read. A fantastic addition to the library or grade 4-7 classroom".

— Resource Links, Volume 16, No. 4

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