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Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, grades-3-4, humor, orphans
Read in April, 2012

Earwig is perfectly happy living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, thank you very much. Everyone there is already under her control and she can get them to do whatever she likes, so being adopted by foster parents is not in her game plan. Then an odd couple visits and does the unthinkable - they adopt Earwig! She soon realizes that her new foster mother is no ordinary woman, but is a witch, and a witch that is not interested in doing Earwig's bidding. Earwig quickly gets to work to make her situation in her new home a lot more livable.
Humorous and whimsical for new to chapter books readers. Evil adults and a kid who outsmarts them will appeal to fans of Roald Dahl. Zelinsky's illustrations fit the devilish tone of the story. It's a shame that there will be no more Earwig books, because she is a character who has so much more to say and do!
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