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Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage
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Annastaysia Savage's "Any Witch Way" is a hauntingly beautiful and entertaining tale about the adventures of the young witchling, Sadie MacDougall. There are few minor hiccups at the beginning of the book. For example: it's hard to imagine that someone as well read and intelligent as Sadie doesn't know the meaning of the term "catty" when it is used by a teacher to describe the older girls who bully Sadie at school. It is also difficult to envision that Sadie would not display more sympathy towards the character of "Crazy Mary" at the beginning of the story, after having been taunted and called "crazy" by her peers at school.

However, there is depth to this story that helps to transform it from being just another tale about a girl who is having a difficult time and discovers that she has some magical powers. Among the serious issues the author addresses are the episodes of bullying Sadie's experiences at school, and her difficult struggle to accept that her mother is gone. The fact that the book goes into detail to describe her sadness and her decision not to use medication because she wanted to "feel" her sorrow, revealed the maturity and complexity of Sadie's character.

The author also touches on the issue of life as a foster child and how Sadie wants so desperately to just fit in. Her struggles to fit in and feelings of shortcomings soon spill over into the "magikal" world she enters on her 13th birthday when she discovers that she's really a witch!

Eventually, Sadie finds her footing and there are some wonderful surprises that unfold as the story progresses. The vivid imagery of the creatures in this alternate world will no doubt captivate readers young and old, while they continue to follow the adventures of young Sadie as she grows more comfortable wearing her witchling hat.

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Annastaysia Savage Sherrie, you've touched on some of deeper issues of the story, messages that I was hoping would get through. Thank you for your kind review.

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