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Any Witch Way

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Enduring the teasing and ridicule of her school mates, Sadie struggles through life as a pre-teen on the eve of her 13th birthday. Three years ago, a car crash took her mother, but Sadie never saw her body. She refuses to believe her mother is really gone. Holding fast to that feeling earns her the nickname "Crazy Sadie."

Despite her one wish to be normal, Sadie only finds
Paperback, 186 pages
Published April 8th 2011 by JournalStone (first published April 3rd 2011)
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Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short novel (about 160 pages) Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage. It is a young adult / teen story about Sadie who turns 13 on Halloween. Before her birthday approaches, she is teased by her fellow classmates because she thinks her mother is still alive after a tragic car accident. Her body was never found. She finds solace with Mrs. Felis and her cat Grimm at a local bookstore. While drinking some sleeping tea, she is transported to another world where discovers she will ...more
Sue Morris
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young teens age 13 to 17
Twelve year old Sadie has moved to and from several foster homes since her mother died in a car accident. She is bullied at school and called “Crazy Sadie,” by the other students and maybe even a teacher. Sadie is “crazy” because she refuses to believe her mother is dead. She states, emphatically, her belief that her mother is alive and they only need to find each other.
Right now, on the verge of her 13th birthday, on Halloween, she simply wants to feel normal. Not special, she says, just norma
Amy Eye
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
JournalStone has released a very light, funny, touching and engaging read about Sadie, a witch just coming into her powers. Sadie wants two things: to be normal and to have her mom back. Unfortunately, neither one of those things seem to be going Sadie's way. Her mother passed away in a car crash, but Sadie is convinced, to the dismay of all of her foster parents, that her mother is still alive. The teasing and torment from all around her become too much for Sadie to bear when she learns news th ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage.

I enjoyed reading this book. A very fast read once I had a chance to sit down and get into it.

I guess the book would be classified as a 'tween novel and I'm sure girls in the 10-14 age group will understand and like Sadie. Everyone wants to be normal and fit in. Of course you will eventually find out that one person's normal is another person's "weird" and you just have to find the right people to fit in with. I think this book is about Sadie finding her "nor
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Christopher C. Payne at JournalStone publishing for giving me the chance to read this. I really enjoyed it.
Everything seems to be going wrong for young Sadie her mom is dead, and she's constantly being picked on by her peers in school 'cause she believes her mother is still alive. She's a foster child and all she wants to be is 'normal' but by her thirteenth birthday she gets the surprise of her life that will change her more than she expected, and just possibly will get the ch
Cassie McCown
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I assume that it is geared more toward younger readers, pre-teen and early teen, and I think it is perfect for that age range. It has some great lessons in it--self-confidence, "fitting in", the importance of family (either blood or 'social')... I'd love to have a copy for my own children, especially my daughter.
I think the story really picked up the further I read, and it became much more captivating toward the end. I think the author did a great job of sett
Christopher Payne
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
Enduring the teasing and ridicule of her school mates, Sadie struggles through life as a pre-teen on the eve of her 13th birthday. Three years ago, a car crash took her mother, but Sadie never saw her body. She refuses to believe her mother is really gone. Holding fast to that feeling earns her the nickname "Crazy Sadie."

Despite her one wish to be normal, Sadie only finds solace with a small group of unusual characters. These unlikely friends give her a “semi-normal” life outside of school in a
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I know I have to write a good review when I close the book with a smile on my face.

Sadie is a young girl who wants to fit in. She is the recipient of teasing from the kids at school, mainly because she believes that her mother is still alive. She is an orphan who moves from foster home to foster home.

On her 13th birthday, which happens to be Halloween, she discovers the truth, she is a witchling. A party is given by her older friend, Mrs. Felix when chaos breaks. She is thrown into a war between
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
A must Read. I found Any Witch Way to be gripping and hard to put down. It is written to appeal to a younger audience (12+), but adults will love it too. I love that the story starts off by making the main character, Sadie, relatable. She is a normal girl living through unusual circumstances that lead to real life issues like depression, bullying and fear. It is wonderful that author Anastasia attacked some important real world issues in her book especially a book geared to this age group.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sadie had no idea how an elf, a centaur, gnomes, faeries, witches, ghosts, and a dozen other magical creatures turned up on her thirteenth birthday, which happened to be on Halloween. With her dead and gone three years ago, Sadie felt like she couldn't fit in the normal human world no matter how much she tried. She tolerated the teasing and taunting of school kids and was passed from one foster family to another.
On her thirteenth birthday, however, Sadie learns that she's a witch, a witchling t
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For Sadie, life has been anything but easy since her mom died. Shuffled from foster home to foster home, she has yet to find a place where she feels welcome. Believing her mother to still be alive, she is constantly ridiculed at school. Her only solace is the school library and a neighborhood bookstore where Mrs. Felis treats her like a friend. On her 13th birthday, however, things take a dramatic change. Discovering she's a witch and Mrs. Felis was her mother's shapeshifing cat is just the star ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sadie, the character in this story, starts out having it rough, and then it gets better,and then it gets rough again and so on. This was seriously a roller coaster ride of emotions going on but it flowed pretty well and I enjoyed the magical creatures that the author came up with. Especially the two knomes with entertaining dialog. I would recommend this to people that enjoy fantasy type stories, and I'd have to say this title seems to be aimed at the young adult group but is also fun for the ol ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: ARC from Christopher Payne via JournalStone Publishing
Any Witch Way
By Annastaysia Savage
Published Date: April 8, 2011
Publisher: JournalStone
Book Format: Paperback, pp 186

I would genuinely like to thank Christopher C. Payne over at JournalStone for the opportunity to read this book in advance. It was a very fun, mystical, quest from the moment I started reading it and a delight. I suggest you pick up a copy of it for yourself, if you haven’t yet.

First of all, the cover of this book is just so incredibly pretty and has a very whimsical feel to it.
Ks Sunflower
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Annastaysia Savage's Any Witch Way captures preteen angst perfectly in Sadie, a twelve-year old who embodies all the hope and confusion of that transition age. She truly is betwixt and between; at one moment she is a vulnerable child, at another, she a prideful, challenging adolescent impatient to achieve independence with that irritating know-it-all bravado that is quick to judge and slow to understand, but understand she eventually does. This story is an engaging journey from self-doubt to sel ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadie felt like an outcast at school. She didn't fit in. No one believed her when she thought her mother was still alive and had not died in a car accident. She just had this feeling... Enter her 13th birthday and her whole world transforms into magic, witches, gnomes and pure evil. You see Sadie is one of a long line of witches and her mother preferred to live as a human so never told Sadie about her transformation before she died. When Sadie is first told about her new status, she doesn't even ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Received this as an early review copy.
Overall I found Any Witch Way to be an exciting, fast paced fantasy book full of magical beings good and evil, plots to save and or destroy the magical and human worlds, danger, and well, PURE EVIL. This books is great for the Teen audience (and even adults who like to add a little magic to their days), and I would dare say younger, but there are some portions in the books that would likely induce nightmares for those who are susceptible(especially when they
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-review
A cool book for a younger reader as the story is about a young witch, Sadie. What I loved about the story is it's sweet, very entertaining with all the adventure of Sadie to find herself and learned how to adapt with her new life as a witch.

All the characters in the story are great since they're magical creatures involved, other witches, talking cat which made the story more fascinating. The story has a fast pace from the start, and quite captivating toward the ending. I love the author creating
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it

This short book marketed for tweens or young adults has all the makings to become a popular series. It includes a popular theme (magic) without gleaning off of other popular series, includes issues that children Sadie's age may also deal with emotionally, and there is a lot of adventure and action within the pages.

I enjoyed it, though I felt the middle dragged a little and there were moments I was unsure of which realm the characters were in. But, the story did pick back up, making me forgiving
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage is a wonderful read for the young reader age group. Foster child Sadie feels that she doesn't fit in. Her classmates tease her when she says she is certain her mother is still alive. Her greatest desire is to find her mother and be normal. However as her thirteenth birthday approaches, odd things begin to happen. Mysterious neighbours move in, Crazy Mary gives her cryptic warnings. Finally her birthday arrives and then things really start to get strange. Magic ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book started me crying and ended with me smiling. Sadie is a 12 yr old girl who's mom died
in a car wreck 3 years ago. She is in her 3rd foster home. Everyone thinks she crazy utbecause she
believes her mom is still alive, after all a body was never found. She gets teased at school a lot so
she tries to hide from them at the library books are her best friends. Then she turns 13 on halloween
and finds out she is a witchling and thier are a world of magical creaters around her. Someone wants to
Debbie Heaton
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story follows pre-teen Sadie beginning on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, as she she struggles with the teasing and ridicule of her classmates. She refuses to believe her mother is dead even though a car crash three years previously allegedly took her mother's life. Because Sadie never saw a body, never had closure, her mind has rejected the possibility that death truly claimed her and she holds fiercely to the feeling that her mom is alive somewhere, thus earning her the nickname "Craz ...more
Kitty Austin
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This story was about a pre-teen girl coming of age only to find out she was destined to be a witch. Upon her 13th birthday she meets a host of fantastically magical creatures and goes on a wild adventure to find and secure her place in a world she never would have thought to be normal. Though she finds in this world she feels more normal than she's ever felt anywhere before. This story is enchanting and a wonderful book for children ages 10 and up.
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, even though I am not a huge fan of YA books. Sadie is what all early teens in common with. I found this to be a great book to share with kids of Pre-teen age. Characters were built well. I enjoyed them. The plot and pace made this into a fast read. I could not put it down. I loved the writing style and Originality of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun YA paranormal.
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a cute little story, for the preteen-teenage age group. All about a young girl named Sadie who wants her mother, and wants to be normal, except she is a witch. Since it's set with a popular theme I was worried that I'd be pulled into a 'Harry Potter' world, but this book set it's own spin. Very nice.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
The book started out average and only got worse. I should have stopped reading but was hoping it woukd get better...nope! Every mystical/mythological/fantasy creature was mentioned in this book outside of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
Morgan Janicke
I just found out that I won this book on Goodreads First Read program! I am so excited!!!!
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witch, ya
This is geared more to the middle grade reader. It's a fun read filled with all sorts of magical creatures, a battle between good and evil, and lessons about confidence and believing in yourself.
Dana Wright
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is cute. It is more middle grade/pre-teen than I expected, but the story is delightful. Stay tuned for my review on
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. However, I didn't really enjoy it. Before I list my grievances, I first want to state that I couldn't even finish the book. I stopped on page 152 because I simply couldn't force myself to read any more.

Now, for my grievances. First of all, Sadie sounds way too formal and proper. I know she's not exactly a normal kid, but she is a teen. Heck, my friends say I'm proper but I wouldn't say half the things Sadie does.

In addition to being too proper Sadie als
This is the second book sent to me for free from First Reads.

As for my review, it is simply a letter to the author that I hope she reads, because this has the potential to be a really cute series if she works on a couple of things that plagued this book.

Dear Mrs. Savage,

You have a good story here, if a bit Harry Potter-ish (Let us be honest. You have a 12 [having a birthday and turning 13] year old orphan girl who finds out she is actually an exceptionally powerful opposed to an 11 [
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Annastaysia Savage is both a writer and artist. She earned her BFA in Fine Art, with honors, from Arizona State University. She is one residency shy of a MA in creative writing from Wilkes University and is currently pursuing an MFA in sculpture and jewelry design from The Academy of Art University.

Both writing and art have always been in her life, beginning at age 5 with her fist publication of a
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