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Only Gingers Can Be Witches

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Two weeks ago, thirteen year-old Ally would have laughed at the thought of running around in the middle of the night, waving bundles of herbs at imaginary ghosts. But the new girl in town, Hanna, is into that sort of thing.

When the two girls become unlikely friends, Hanna's world of witchery invades Ally's own and turns decidedly dangerous. Flocks of crows descend on the s
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Paperback, First, 360 pages
Published March 15th 2014 (first published February 28th 2014)
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Laura Madsen
Feb 18, 2014 Laura Madsen rated it it was amazing
As a mom of two elementary-aged daughters, I've been frustrated by the quality of fantasy novels for middle-grade girls. Too many fairies spreading sugary rainbows, and too many wilting princesses waiting around to be rescued by a prince. GINGERS is a pleasant change. Ally and Hanna are likeable, strong and smart. They save the world themselves, and don't need a boy to rescue them. Recommended for kids of either gender in the 7-13 age range.
Travis Green
Mar 26, 2014 Travis Green rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for its target demographic (9-14 year-olds) and for older teens and adults looking for light, engaging reading. I liked that it firmly passes the Bechdel Test (whether or not two women who talk to each other talk about something other than a man). The two main characters, Ally and Hanna, are interesting and likeable, and each have characteristics that make you say, "I know someone just like that!" and are wonderful examples to young girls (and everyone) of what women are ...more
Brittany
May 01, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As an adult I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I enjoyed the humor and really liked the character, Ally. I loved that the book focused on the friendship between two girls. As a mother to two girls, I think that girls are under-represented in media in general but in fantasy even more so. I will look forward to reading this book to my girls when they are a bit older. While this book follows two girls, don't let that scare off the boys! This is a book that ...more
Candace
Loved it!

Didn't think I would get as into this book as I did. But, I found that I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and unique storyline. It kept my attention the whole time and I even found myself dreaming about it! 5 stars for sure.
Janet Lapierre
Mar 31, 2014 Janet Lapierre rated it it was amazing
It's very hard to find quality books for this age group. However, this story is a fun and enjoyable read that shows girls can be strong as well as smart. Perfect for sharing and discussing with your pre-teen.
Robyn Mantas
Mar 26, 2014 Robyn Mantas rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book! I loved the character development. I hope "JA Trevor" is already working on his next book.
Daniel
Feb 18, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to beta read this book in one of it's earlier drafts and to be perfectly honest.. I loved it.

It was a fun story about friendship and magic and dark things. There was mystery and wonder and adventure, too. Honestly, I don't remember all of it well enough to really do it justice in a review right now, but let me just say it's a book I'm looking forward to owning and one I'm going to enjoy reading to (or with) my children someday. It's also a book I wo
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Melissa Gabelman
Jun 22, 2014 Melissa Gabelman rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Disclaimer: I won a signed copy of this book from a GoodReads contest, received direct from author.

It's taken me a while to start reading this. My first impression of the book online was that it would be a young childrens' book. It was quite a surprise to open the package and receive a full-size novel! Labeled ages 9-14. My misconception was partly based on the wonderful, vibrant illustrated cover. The look and feel of the book was of pure literary candy, and I wanted to savor the anticipation a
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Melanie Brewer
Mar 21, 2014 Melanie Brewer rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading it with my kids in the future. I think it is a great book for boys and girls, but I love that the main characters are girls who are strong and independent. I love that even though Hanna is different Ally was still willing to become friends with her. I think it teaches a great lesson about not judging others. I loved that the book has mystery and adventure, as I was reading it I had a hard time stopping cause I had to know ...more
Krista Eger
May 25, 2014 Krista Eger rated it it was amazing
The relationship between Hannah and Ally is so sweet. They give each other what they don't have anywhere else: the ability to be themselves 100% without judgment. They're each minorities in their different ways and when they come together their friendship is different than the kind you often see among young teens. Toward the end I was getting really worried it would end too abruptly, but was satisfied with how it all turned out. It's the kind of story I want my kids to read. Overall I loved it ...more
Beverly Fuller
Apr 16, 2014 Beverly Fuller rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading J. A. Trevor's book. It was great!!! I have lots of granddaughters, some of them gingers, and they are all going to enjoy it, too. Hopefully, Mr. Trevor will continue writing books about Ally and Hanna.
Brian Durfee
Feb 18, 2014 Brian Durfee rated it it was amazing
A very good, clean book for young girls. A unique concept and good story. Trevor is a good writer. Young readers will enjoy this. The cover is great and matches the feel and tone of the book. 5 stars.
Rachel
Jul 20, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!! Independent and strong female figures are needed right now in a girls life!!! I highly recommend this book to children and adults of all ages. Very well done JA Trevor
Lauron
Aug 04, 2014 Lauron marked it as to-read
Hoping I can read and review!!
Ashton
Apr 14, 2014 Ashton marked it as to-read
have not won.
Rebecca McNutt
I'm completely shocked that a book like this one doesn't have more reviews. Adventurous, eerie, creative and nostalgic, it's one of the most interesting middle-grade novels I've ever read, featuring two close friends, one of whom is an eccentric witch and the other who is a resourceful newcomer.
manda-rae
Apr 25, 2015 manda-rae rated it really liked it
Shelves: witches, young-adult
Ally lives in a small town where new things like recycling and the internet are barely beginning. Yes, we're moving back in time a bit before phones and mp3 players became a thing. Ally is one of those do-gooders that's trying to do well in school and get her parents to go a little green by recycling. Basically, she's the girl that's going to make things happen when she grows up. But our story happens now, and someone new is going to push her to be amazing.

Hanna is that one who dresses a little
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Dawn
Oct 19, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.*

This book is the story of 2 girls who become friends and try to figure out why strange things are happening around town. It was a cute read with loads of details about the one girls magical skills. It was an O.K. read. I found that I got bored sometimes with some of the explanations for things. An example is when you read sentence after sentence about the rune stones. You are told each color, symbol and ability of the stones even though
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Erin
Sep 24, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for fantasy books and this is no exception. The book is well written and the characters are well realized. Ally is my favorite character, and I really relate to a girl like her. This is not only a great book for tween age boys and girls to enjoy, but the message that adventure knows no gender is a welcome idea. I love this book and hope to make it a home staple when my kids are grown enough to enjoy it!
Tammy Crago
Aug 25, 2014 Tammy Crago rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a a giveaway on good reads. Cute story about a ginger haired little witch and her friend who discovers you dont have to be a ginger to be a good witch. Great book for kids!
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My name is JA Trevor, and I'm a writer. I am a huge fan of books and the things they teach us.

My sincerest hope is to provide, in some small part, a magical experience in the early years of our children. I benefited hugely from the wonderful books of my day, and would be remiss if I were to turn my back on the responsibility I have to repay those authors in kind. It is more important than ever for
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