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It Started with a Whisper (Sons of Witches #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest does ...more
Published March 4th 2013 by Smashwords (first published December 1st 2012)
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Nicole Storey
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from LoP (Lovers of Paranormal GR Group). I must admit that the first 30% of this book read slow for me. I almost decided to give it up, but I'd made a commitment to my group and the author and I always follow through. I am so glad I didn't make the mistake of deleting it!

This is one of the most bizarre (in a good way!) books I've ever read. After the first 30%, I could not put the book down and, best of all, I didn't know what was up or down
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It Started with a Whisper by A.W. Hartoin
I received this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on
A wonderful coming of age book, filled with wonder, charm and a little whimsy. It is a fun, well written story with a plot that moves along at a good pace and has a surprising twist at the end. I absolutely fell in love with the host of crazy and wonderful characters, including the ancestral ghost. The Author understands those troubleso
Heather Lawson
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this novel back in June and was instantly gripped by the characters and plot. It Started With A Whisper is a fantastic YA book about a boy named Puppy and his very weird family.

Puppy has had a horrible year at school with his teacher ‘bitch’ Pritchett. Puppy’s family – the MacClarity’s – always turn to their ancestor Ernest in times of need, and that’s just what Puppy did. He wanted Ernest to take care of his teacher. When the family goes to Camp for the summer strange things sta
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book thru LOP for an honest review. Thank you again I loved it! This was a great story. I loved the characters and how the family stuck together no matter what the situation is. A great flowing story with twist and turns, lots of heart & magic. I loved how A W Hartoin wrote this story as if you feel like your there with the characters. If you need a great read pick this book up you will love it I know I did.
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Every time I hear the name of this book, it makes me want to dance around the room and sing for a minute, I loved it! I mean – with crazy ravens, weird cats, a vengeful, spitting llama, genius older cousins, a boy named Puppy, mysterious moms and a protective ancestral ghost – what’s not to love?

This family is completely dysfunctional but in the best possible way. The best part about this family, though, is that even
Elena Linville
Ernest "Puppy" McClarity has only one wish: that Miss Pritchett, his dreaded math teacher, leaves him alone on the last day of school, so he makes a wish to his great-granddad Ernest to take care of her for him. Only wishes are a powerful thing when you are a McClarity, and old Ernest always watches over his own, even if he is long dead.

I absolutely loved It Started with a Whisper. It has magic and paranormal elements in it, but they are presented in such a manner that a lot can be seen as coinc
Amie Gaudet

The book begins with:

"People think I wanted revenge on Miss Pritchett. I did, of course. Who wouldn't? But my intentions had unintended consequences. Nobody believes that though. My family thinks I knew what I was doing. But how could I plan the events of that summer? So many variables. A crazed llama, feuding cousins, not to mention Miss Pritchett herself. I couldn't control them."

After a tough freshman year at high school, Ernest (or Puppy as everyone
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.

Being part of the legendary MacClarity clan, Ernest or to be precise Puppy, has a lot of interesting things to contend with. Puppy is named after his grandfather Ernest and the family lore goes, you can light the incense, in the elephant holder and wish for something and Ernest will make it come true. All families have stories, but this family is slightly different in theirs. Getting ready for summ

Puppy comes from a different family than other people. His family has powers even he isn't sure about, crazy animals, a ghost of one of his ancestors and the family is actually called the Pack which includes people who might not be related by blood but are the same thing to them. The fun really begins when a teacher makes Puppy angry and he enlist the help of the family ghost to pay them back. That is just the beginning to the fun as the Pack goes to the Camp for the summer and mystery fun, grow
Billie Jo
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Billie Jo by: A. W Hartoin
This was a fantastic coming-of-age story, I love that there were so many eclectic characters to get to know! I always enjoy a fun read and this was just that "FUN",I was never bored at any point while reading this!! This was a home-run in the writing department in my opinion. You get to meet "Puppy" a young boy that is having trouble with his teacher, and turns to "Ernest" the family's ancestor that seems to always help in that department, and gets a little bit more than he bargains for. I would ...more
A.G. Lindsay
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a wonderful coming-of-age book, with lots of action, twists and turns, and great characters. Told mostly in first-person by the protagonist, Puppy, the author gives a realistic look at his thoughts, his dysfunctional but close family, and his growing sense that there is more going on in the world than he perceives.

There are dangers (real and only perceived), a change of heart, and a bad guy who is truly bad. There is also an ornery llama, pesky ravens, and two cats who know more than yo
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults and mature young people
This may be the best book I have read this year. I will be thinking about it for years. All through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. It is so real. The characters, the personalities, the emotions. If magic were real this is what it would be like. This could be a TV series- but it might be too rough- then the tv-execs would tone it down and ruin it. But it could be a movie. Hartoin has created a world that is SO real I can see the wind snaking through the grass and lifting the leaves. It made me cr ...more
Miranda Failor
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of Paranormal
This is book had all things paranormal! From a spiting llama to an ancestor ghost. It was a fun and entertaining read full of crazy and wonderful characters. It’s about a boy name Puppy who comes from a very odd family. Even though Puppy doesn’t really believe in the stories about Ernest, he calls upon him to take care of Miss Pritchett. That’s when all the secrets and fun start to surface.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It tells the story of Puppy and his summer at 'the camp' with his crazy family, here he discovers that his neighbour is none other than the teacher who has been causing him no end of grief within school, so him and the rest of 'the pack' try and see how far they can push their luck , little do they know that it will be a summer none of them will ever forget. Well written and will have you laughing in no time, well worth reading
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-world
Sure, there is magic in this book. But, I thought most of the story wasn't about magic. it was Just about the lives of these young kids from an unconventional family. The book was well written. once I started reading it, I could Not put it down.

I found this book on as it was offered free for a couple of days After its release on kindle. looks like it is Not free anymore. but imo worth reading.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy-teen, 2015
I see almost all good reviews for this book, so I'm afraid I have to cast a dissenting vote. Yes, I liked Puppy as a character, and his whole crazy family. But from the preview of the book and from the reviews, I expected something different. This had a lot more adult content than I was expecting. Lots of swearing and wow, so much frank sexual content that I wasn't prepared for either. It was too bad because I would have enjoyed it so much more without it.
This was just ok for me. I couldn't really get lost in the book. The characters were good, multi faceted like I like. But I never really found that spark that made me care what happened to them. It was well written and a nice storyline. I just couldn't get into the book the way I would have liked too.
This is actually a cute little book. Perfect for the 6-8th graders who will love it! It has a little magic and little bit of school issues, but mainly it is an easy fun read. I read it because lots of GoodRead people seemed to like it. and I was stressed and wanted something that didn't require my brain to work. Satisfied that perfectly, so let's say 3.5.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's more of AW Hartoin's well developed characters and outrageous circumstances with a moral backstory lightly interspersed. There's a llama with Puppy's name on it, a "Pack" of tricky kids, two eccentric mothers and a teacher we would all like to get even with. Suitable for YA of all ages.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book 3 times this summer. Hartoin is a master of the skill of showing, not telling. The characters are rich and believable. As crazy as this family is, you want to be part of the pack. This is not just a book for young people.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pulled me in and I needed to find out what would happen. All the kids in the book were so really. It had a bit of magic, a bit of crazy parents and a bit of the dark side of human beings.
Ingrid Madreia
Oh my God, this book cover of this book is so amazing that I want to cry! Okay, not to cry, but still - it is beautiful in any case! :)
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A.W.Hartoin is the author of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Away From Whipplethorn is her first published work. A.W. can't remember a time when she didn't love reading. The first book she read over and over again was Harry and the Lady Next Door. He was such a bad dog. Anne of Green Gables was the first time she wanted to enter a world and stay there. As an adult she read almost everything ...more
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