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Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,953 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She's also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is...well, different. She's read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says please or thank you. And she says she is a witch. It's not always easy being friends with a witch, but it's never boring. At first an apprentice and ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1967)
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Shelly Haskell I would say yes. It is written for 7 - 10 year olds. Some may be uncomfortable with Jennifer pretending to be a witch. From …moreI would say yes. It is written for 7 - 10 year olds. Some may be uncomfortable with Jennifer pretending to be a witch. From "Simply written to reflect the real world children live in every day, E.L. Konigsburg’s gentle story will appeal to young readers willing to make use of their imaginations. Similar to the writing style of Mary Pope Osborne's The Magic Tree House series, the reading level of this book is easily accessible to second graders with an average to above average reading level. The publisher recommends this book for ages 7-10, and I highly recommend it for that age range."(less)

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I enjoy E. L.'s work. What an interesting little story. It's about two lonely girls who become friends. One claims to be a witch. They meet at the library every Saturday. Elizabeth becomes a witch in training. This book is from the 60s and it's pacing and content fit in to that time. I can't really say why I like this book so much; I just enjoy it. Maybe, it's having something to look forward to in life with a friend and it's about reading. Anyway, it's a 100 page book. Give it a try.
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth is a reading experience for me that would be akin to finding an old, well worn toy in the attic; I love to reread it, I think the story is wonderful (mostly because of memories), but this is not something that I would necessarily consider passing on immediately to a young reader-- mostly because of how well worn it is. The story suffers slightly from being a product of its generation. Images of children dressed as cigarette boxes for ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I KNOW I read this book LAST YEAR and even wrote a review, but now all record of it is gone, gone, gone like the mastodon!
Joy Lee
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
중반에 엘리자베스와 제니퍼가 마녀 놀이를 나름 진지하게 하는 부분도 꽤 흥미로왔지만
힐러리 에즈라 라는 이름의 두꺼비가 등장하고
마지막에 맥베쓰와 제니퍼의 경고가 맞아 떨어지는 부분..은 정말 어린이책 답지 않은 듯
이야기의 아귀가 딱 맞아 떨어지는 느낌이었다.
멕베스가 어떤 이야기일지 예전에 읽어보고도 기억이 가물거려서
이 책을 읽으며 궁금해졌지만 마지막에 맥베쓰의 이야기 구조를 빌려온 제니퍼의 경고가 해석되어지는 부분이 되니 맥베쓰도 대충 그런 이야기였겠거니 하며 안떠오르는 기억을 대충 얼버무릴만 하게 되었다.
재미있었다^^... 흑인 여자 아이인 제니퍼와 키작은 백인 아이 엘리자베스가 친구가 된 설정도 마음에 들고...
이런 단짝 친구가 있으면 정말 많은 친구가 있는 누구도 부럽지 않을터^^...
옛날 생각이 날것만 같다...
하기야 요즘도 초등학생이 되는 꿈을 꾸긴 하니까^^...
어렸을 때 이책을 읽었으면 어땠을까 싶기도 하다..
그런데 맥베쓰와 제니퍼의 해석이 맞아떨어지는 것을 엘리자베
Gary Butler
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
92nd book read in 2017.

Number 421 out of 656 on my all time book list.

Odd story of misfits finding friendship in each other.
Shawn Thrasher
Elizabeth and Jennifer are two of the more well drawn and memorable best friends in children's literature in this well respected (if not quite beloved) classic. The fact that they are interracial friends probably meant a ton in 1967, although I don't recall thinking that was such a big deal twelve years later or so when I first read this (probably around 1980). Elizabeth, who narrates, is far snarkier and less shy than you would imagine; Jennifer is perfectly serious in a hilarious way. The book ...more
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
One of my favorites as a kid. A nice re read. The story of these 2 girls, not the popular group, make their own fun and learn about each other in an unusual way. I loved it as a kid and it hasn't lost it's "magic" on me now.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
This was a Newbery Honor book in the late 60's and had an interesting premise so I was excited to read this book reads like it was written in the late 60's and just hasn't aged well.
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was probably my favorite childhood book. I was thrilled to find a copy a few years ago at the thrift store. I remember giggling as I repeated the whole long name of the story to friends, telling them they HAD to read this book. Somehow the title seemed longer back then...
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this in one sitting and it held my attention, but I was never particularly invested in the characters or the outcome of anything they were doing. I liked some of the interesting quirks the author came up with--the different scents in the air depending on if the factory nearby was making mint or butterscotch, the tricks Jennifer comes up with to get extra candy at Halloween, the redundancies and idiosyncrasies of Jennifer's writing style--but the friendship between Jennifer and Elizabeth f ...more
"Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself. That's the hardest thing to find." E L Konigsburg

Author/Illustrator: E L Konigsburg
First Published: 1967

The first book published by Konigsburg. It went on to receive a 1968 Newberry Honor Award. (The Newberry Medal (for "for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year") was first awarded in 1970/1971. The 1968 Awards were given in retrospect).

Not an author I had previously read, but from what I understand she i
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Some books are timeless-- this one, even with Koningsburg's charming style, is oddly locked in time.

And although it's a light story with a non-plot, from four decades away some things that were benign are a little troubling.

In an attempt at post racial colorblindness (hah!) the author mentions only once that Jennifer is black. But the awareness pervades the book with its non-acknowledgment. The narrator never critiques her own race and her friend's race... And although it seems well-meant, it'
E.M. Epps
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, 1960s
Hmm. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading it, it just seemed a bit pointless at the end. There are better books about magic, about imagination, about friendship, about school in the 1960’s, and there are better books by E. L. Konigsburg. Read some of them instead.

Some of these taboos seemed pretty hard. I told Jennifer that I didn’t think some of them made any sense. She told me that if I were looking for things to make sense, perhaps I wasn’t yet ready for promotion. I asked Jennifer if she alw
I don't know how I missed this book in childhood given that I loved others by E.L. Konigsburg (chief among them, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). But no matter, I'm just glad to have discovered it now thanks to the recommendation of a friend (thanks Amy!). It's a marvelous book about not fitting in and friendship which I have no doubt speaks to the young readers for whom it was written, but it also has many layers for the adult reader to savor. Jennifer, the self-professed ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad this showed up in my recommendations! I've been thinking - what was that book I read in third grade where that girl becomes friends with that witch and they try to come up with a potion that lets them fly? I'm pretty sure this is it. I loved this book. It was fun. Even when me and my friends decided to come up (unsuccessfully) with a potion that let us fly. From what I remember, there was some lesson to be learned at the end, but that escapes me. The odd girl and the flying ointment ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kids-ya, 2017
This is Konigsburg's first book, and while I liked it, it definitely doesn't measure up to her later books. But it does have a fantastic title! Elizabeth is befriended--sort of--by Jennifer, who takes her on as an apprentice witch. Jennifer is a fantastic character, singularly herself; she divulges no personal details and doesn't seem to care what anyone else thinks (often with hilarious results).
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Konigsburg's first published book - has its moments as she traces lonely Elizabeth's unusual friendship with Jennifer whose apprentice in witchcraft she becomes - loses momentum at some point and never recaptures it but has all the elements that Konigsburg will later pull together so beautifully in Mixed-Up Files
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I reread this for the first time in years after hearing of Konigsberg's passing. It's as good as I remember. I like it that the author leaves us in doubt for a long time as to whether or not Jennifer is really a witch. I also liked it that she was black and Elizabeth was white, and it didn't make a bit of difference in the story.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
One of my favorite authors. This one feels a little off-kilter, but maybe it's just the way that this girl friendship works. Zoe really liked this one, and maybe I'd like it more if I read it again. I like "The Mixed-up Files" and "The View From Saturday" WAY better.
April Rogers
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Elizabeth new to the area meets Jennifer who is unlike anyone she's met before and claims to be a witch. I enjoyed this and know if I'd found it as a kid it would have been a favorite. It didn't feel as dated as I expected (1967).
I never read this as a child, but really enjoyed this story of two misfit girls who practice witchcraft in New York. Their secret friendship empowers them in unexpected ways and the author tells a good story, as always.
Jenny K
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really sweet little book. Loved it when I was 9, got it for my 9-year-old, she loved it, too. Just reread it.
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Nov 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laila (BigReadingLife) by: Bess
This is a fun, fast read - another one I didn't read as a kid and wish I had. But who's to say that I would have enjoyed it as much then?
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It, alongside Harriet the Spy, changed my third grade world. And the grades after that. Best EL Konigsberg book. Period.
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good book. My mom finally got me to read it and I am sort of glad she did.
Clare Carter
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
So my friend lent me another one of this lady's books (The View From Saturday), and I realized that I had this book on my shelf! (I've actually had in on my shelf for a small millennia, but it's finnneee.)

This book is super short and a really easy read. It's funny, because I think this is one of the first books E. L. Konigsburg wrote, and The View From Saturday is one of the last. So I read the opposite ends of her work!

While I found this book enjoyable and certainly different, I felt that it w
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this was one of my top five books from childhood (let's say the period 5-12 years) and I read hundreds if not thousands of books. I used to prop my book up next to my cereal bowl and read through breakfast. I read while I walked home from school. I read in bed, in cars, basically if I wasn't playing with my best friend, I was reading. So it's high praise.

I ADORED this book. It was read to us by my wonderful fourth-grade teacher Trish Cregan and I must have read it myself another five tim
Amy Rosenkoetter
I remembered reading this as a child, so I thought I'd give my childhood a quick rerun. As I was reading, I found a number of things I remembered and many I'd forgotten, including the ending, which was very satisfying.

On her way to school after lunch one day, fifth-grader Elizabeth chances upon Jennifer, a new classmate, sitting in a tree. She pushes Jennifer's falling-off shoe back onto her foot and a mysterious friendship is born. Jennifer, a self-proclaimed witch, holds a mystique for the ver
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Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She was the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year (1968), with her second and first books respectively: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Kongisburg won a second Newbery ...more
“...just because I don't have on a silly black costume and carry a silly broom and wear a silly black hat, doesn't mean that I'm not a witch. I'm a witch all the time and not just on Halloween.” 12 likes
“I made myself a glass of chocolate milk using enough syrup for three normal glasses. I also made myself four peanut butter crackers. Then I walked out the living room door to our terrace. The trees were coming! New green was all over ... green so new that it was kissing yellow.” 6 likes
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