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The Active Enzyme, Lemon Freshened Junior High School Witch (Junior High School)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A curious twelve-year-old, along with her best friend and devoted little sister, dabble in witchcraft with strange results.
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published by Doubleday Books (first published 1973)
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Stephanie
Sep 04, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: would-be witches
Alison McNair wants to transcend the boredom of her family life, and manages to do so when she finds a book on witchcraft at an old vacation home. Her slapdash, madcap approach to sorcery struck a deep chord in me. This book is also great for anyone who has a pesky little sister who insists on tagging along, at the risk of telling mom that you're using her black velvet evening gown for pagan rituals.
D.M. Dutcher
Scattershot slice of life book in which a young girl, her younger sister, and her best friend try to become witches through the aid of an old book. Since this was written in the 70s, don't expect Harry Potter, but think Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

Alison is just getting over the measles, and while grounded one day she finds a book about witchcraft. She tries to follow it using common household items (a hair scrunchy can do for a garter in a pinch) and finds an isolated garret to practice her
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Bart Everson
I guess I read this around 1980 or earlier, when I was a preteen, and something about it stuck with me. I tracked it down 25 years later and read it to my wife in April of 2005. Fast-forward eight more years: I just read it to my five-year-old daughter. It was a little over her head, but she enjoyed it all the same.

It's an interesting novel about a preteen girl who finds a "how to" manual on witchcraft. The first three-quarters of the story concerns her occultish exploits with her younger sister
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Ellen
The title is what really got me with this book. Julie Coughlin and I were having a contest in junior high to see who could check out a new book first. In those days, you signed your name right in the book next to the date due. I had never seen this particular book on the library shelf before and it looked brand-spanking new like only brand-spanking new library books can look: all smooth and shiny and pristine. I thought, "Wow! A new book! I'm gonna get it before Julie!" I reached for it and open ...more
lola Franco
i am trying to figure out why i saved this book all these years. it wasn't very good. i didn't read it more than once, the spine was barely broken. but it takes place in what is likely north salem, so maybe that's why. not really worth re-reading though...
HeavyReader
I totally remember the title and cover of this book. I totally remember reading this book, possibly more than once. I think I even remember liking this book. But I don't remember a thing about the plot, even after reading other reviews.
Sara Amis
This book caused me to start telling everyone in the fourth grade that I was going to be a witch when I grew up.
Melody
I loved this book immoderately as a kid. I haven't read it since.
Sarah Sammis
I plan to re-read this book soon.
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E.W. (Edmund Wallace) Hildick, 1925–2001, was a British children's book author.
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