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The Witch's Curse

(UNITED STATES OF GRIMM series by Keith McGowan #2)

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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Sibling adventure inspired by the Grimm folktale "Brother and Sister." Booklist called it "another edgy, absorbing read" and School Library Journal said "This sequel to The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children is an exciting adventure . . . A well-done continuation of the story that leaves readers wanting to hear from this brother and sister again."
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Brett
This follow-up to "The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children" is definitely very Grimm-esque, rating high in the creepy/scary category. Siblings Sol & Connie have managed to escape their new home town, but they're headed straight into a cursed forest where they'll be up against a witch who turns children into animals so that the cursed huntsman she keeps in a deep sleep most of the time can hunt them with enchanted arrows. After death, they become part of the world's creepiest & most up ...more
Marjorie Bowman
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second in a series. Brother and sister working together to solve their predicaments, a good witch a bad witch, and promise of more to come. I even solved one of the riddles! Action with sensitivity to younger readers. Recommended for those who like Narnia, "Breadcrumbs" and "Wildwood."
Wendi Lau
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4th grader was very said when she reached the end of the book because it was over. "I want to read the next book! I liked it because it had magic and trickery and action."
What other book is it like: "Earwig and the Witch"
Deb
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So much fun, so creative! I lvoed it, even as a grown-up reader. I hope he continues with more sequels.this may be a great read aloud to 5th graders, and he has some lesson plans that tie in with Grimm and Hansel & Gretel too.
Gea Harovansi
Sungguh malang nasib kakak beradik Sol dan Connie. Setelah berhasil lolos dari tetangga mereka yang ternyata adalah penyihir, mereka harus menghadapi kenyataan bahwa Ayah dan Ibu tiri mereka bekerja sama dengan si penyihir.
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Menyadari bahwa kaki tangan si penyihir yang masih ada di kota mungkin masih akan mencari mereka, Sol dan Connie pergi dari rumah menuju kediaman bibi Heather yang ada si luar kota.
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Tapi malangnya, bus yang mereka tumpangi terperangkap di sebuah hutan yang dikuasai Moni
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R-Qie R-Qie
Sol dan Connie. Kakak beradik masing-masing berusia sebelas dan sembilan tahun. Setelah lolos dari penyihir sebelah rumah, Fay Holaderry, yang hendak memakan mereka, Sol dan Connie memutuskan pergi dari rumah dan menuju rumah bibi Heather, adik perempuan mendiang ibu mereka. Mereka merasa sudah tidak aman jika tetap tinggal bersama ayah serta sang ibu tiri. Perjalanan itu tak semudah yang mereka pikirkan. Keduanya tersesat di dalam hutan dan bertemu dengan Monique, penyihir yang mengubah anak-an ...more
Katka Lady
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Better than the first one, but that isn't really saying much. The suspense was ramped up in this book, but it still suffers from over-explaining its own plot via diary entry exposition. Why does everyone in these books have a diary/journal/logbook that explains everything? This one also suffers from loose threads at the end that don't get tied up at all. Some are the same as before just a little more so, and others are new. This is very frustrating. My last bothersome point is that Connie is ver ...more
Koolas
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun but very predictable. How I wish there’s a proper resolution to the 3rd act of the book which left me hanging and wondering. Overall I enjoyed it.
Thomas
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This clever little tale written in the admirable mould of A Series of Unfortunate Events retells the Grimm brother's story Brother and Sister in a flashy, action packed, modern setting. It's part 2 of an horror escape adventure as two siblings get caught up in the machinations of a forest witch (and hunted down by her cursed hunter) after just escaping another household witch who wanted to cook them for dinner. Appropriately Grimm as just as entertainingly macabre as Lemmony Snicket's tales or o ...more
Mary
Once upon a time a royal hunter and his knights ignored the warnings of curses and sought game in an enchanted valley. After years of successful ventures the prince was cursed by Monique, a powerful witch, to remain in the valley forever tracking down and killing animals who were once children. In a small town not far away lives Sol and his sister Connie who recently escaped from Mrs. Holaderry, their neighbor and author of “The witch’s guide to cooking with children.” The children’s only hope r ...more
Clare Rossetter
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th and 5th graders and above
Recommended to Clare by: No one
This is the second in a series of books by Keith McGowan about two children, Sol and Connie Blink. The first was a Bluebonnet book, The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children. I never really liked that book. I felt it was forced in many instances and a flat narrative. This second book, however, I found to be much more engaging. The characters were much more well developed and the writing smoother. There is a whole group of supporting characters that give the story life-who has ever thought of a ...more
Rebecca Ostrega
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is my second fantasy/ science fiction book review.

This story followed the ideas of "Hansel and Gretel". It is about siblings named Sol and Connie who escape from an evil witch. The return to their father and stepmother, but quickly realize that they need to run away. They get on a bus to make their way to their aunt's house, but not before the bus gets a flat tire. As the passengers get off, Sol and Connie find themselves deep in the woods. They get tricked by another clever witch and are s
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Angela
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidsbooks, sf-fantasy
I didn't enjoy the first book in this series all that much but decided to give this one a try anyway. These are dark adventures in the true spirits of the original Grimm's tales. The suspense was very tight and well done and the villain/situation well imagined. Truly spooky and gripping. Not for more timid kids or those that want a happy ending. The conclusion, as in the first book, doesn't leave us with a feeling of total resolution or complete victory and setting right of wrongs. A little too ...more
Sabbath Natalie
Sebenarnya aku gak suka cerita horor. Kalau horor fantasi okelah. Kalau itu menyangkut penyihir dan kutukan dengan sampul buku yang tampak seram sudah pasti cerita horor kan? Paling tidak kedua tokoh utamanya adalah anak-anak jadi seharusnya tidak terlalu seram. Dan memang tidak seseram yang kubayangkan walaupun cukup menegangkan.
Di novel horor fantasi ini pun muncul tokoh-tokoh baik. Setidaknya Sol dan Connie memiliki orang lain yang dapat membantu mereka, itu cukup melegakan, walaupun bantuan
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Hobby

Much better than the first book, remind me of Grimm's Fairy Tale, so dark and fill with horrible creature, yet enchanting (^_^) My favorite part is Yoko's illustrations all over the book, like the first book, she puts another fairy-tale into wonderful illustrations.

more about this book, just check my review at here :
( http://my-fantasy-readings.blogspot.c... )
Risa Nuraini
Ini buku kedua. Ga baca buku pertama yang sepertinya berkaitan, soalnya di awal cerita kedua anak dari keluarga Blink ini udah terlibat kasus sama Holladery. Perubahan Sol dan Conie itu sedikit menegangkan ya. Dan ga tau bahasa penerjemahnya atau penulisnya penjabaran di novel ini aku bilang sih mendetail penuh dengan deskripsi.
Diana
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seru sih membayangkan pengalaman Sol dan Connie di tengah hutan. Banyak kejutan yang juga muncul, meski endingnya terlalu datar. Saya malah berharap bibinya Sol dan Connie adalah penyihir lainnya. Hehe
Yang masih jadi misteri, kenapa ayah mereka tidak bisa dihubungi? Apa memang ayah mereka adalah konspiratornya? Semoga seri ini ada lanjutannya.
Esti Sulistyawan
Karena tidak membaca buku 1, jadi saya tidak bisa membandingkan antara 2 buku ini. Tapi buku kedua ini cukup bisa dinikmati tanpa kita harus membaca buku 1. Petualangan kakak beradik ini sangat menegangkan :)hanya saja jangan samapi anak dibawah 12 tahun ikut membacanya ya. Karena ada penyihir dan pemburu manusia segala, kurang cocok untuk anak-anak.
WhyNN ~
it's kinda plain and boring for me

yang satu ini dibilang seru sih seru...tapi keliatan banget seperti diulur-ulur dan bertele-tele...entah karena naskah aslinya seperti itu ato efek dari terjemahannya.....
Indah Threez Lestari
26 - 2014

Seperti apa ya, garis tangan kakak beradik Blink? Lolos dari mulut satu penyihir (literally) di buku sebelumnya dan masuk perangkap penyihir lainnya di buku ini...

Hati-hati... penyihir ada di mana-mana...
Susan
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Although the continuing misadventures of Sol and Connie is full of twists and turns, the 2 nd book of the series lacks the punch of the first book and follows a predictable pattern. Still a solid read for upper elem readers who love fairy tales with witches, and mildly chilling adventures.
Austin
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly a lot better than the first! Much more thrilling, complex, and overall just a lot more interesting/creative. With the way it ended, I wanna say this might be the last book in the series but then again you never know. The witches are always out there...
Carterkempgmail.Com
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, dark
I enjoyed this moody not-quite-too-dark fantasy. It's an odd followup to 'Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children', which I remember (maybe falsely) as being more funny-dark.
Teguh Affandi
Seru! Dan imajinatif. Tetapi yaaa buat seru2an aja.
Mirip NARNIA yang bisa membekukan manusia dan binatang.
Kara
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book moved fast and had lots of twists and turns. It was fairly unpredictable. I liked the no nonsense type of writing by McGowan.
Bunga Mawar
Cukup repot ya, memperbarui status bacaan di GR pakai hape. Saya ga bisa mengatur berapa bintang yg mau saya beri. Pokoknya maksud saya, tiga bintang lah...
Beka
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very interesting sequel. I wonder if he's going to continue the series; I hope he will.
Emily Mosby
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun book to read aloud to your young child!
Natsu
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ceritanya cukup menarik dan seru pas akhir2. Tapi lebih suka buku pertamanya sih..
Erocchio
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a little too fantastical but then it is a story about witches.
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UNITED STATES OF GRIMM series by Keith McGowan (2 books)
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