Sadie’s Story (Backyard Witch)

A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will Sadie ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood—and herself—with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann—writing together and for younger readers for the first time—have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s young novels.

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3 Comments

  1. A Good Start to a Proposed Series, (and There Are Birds) Many of the publisher reviews, blurbs and reader reviews of this book compare it favorably to the “Ivy & Bean” series and to the Clementine books. Well, I tend to think that comparisons like that are just shortcuts and usually don’t mean much, but with this book the comparisons strike me as apt. Moreover, I’m a very big fan of Annie Barrows’s “Ivy & Bean” books and really like Clementine, but would still give this Sadie series a bit of an edge over them on a few scores. 

  2. Friendship, birding, magic, and humor = a fun package When Sadie looks into her backyard one day, she notices that her play house is emitting smoke. Convinced it’s on fire, she rushes out to take a look — only to discover that a witch has taken up residence and is cooking lunch in there. The witch isn’t just wandering, though; she’s on a mission to help her best friend, who accidentally turned herself into a bird before flying off. Sadie and Ms. M. team up, hoping they can find the errant witch in a world that suddenly feels filled with birds…

  3. A Great Chapter Book For Young Readers Who needs a fairy god mother, when you can have a witch like Ms. M to help you. Ms. M is just the person Sadie needs. In helping Ms. M look for her best friend and fellow witch, who accidentally turned herself into a bird, Sadie begins to learn and understand how she can over come her own friendship problems she’s currently having with her best friends. Ms. M and Sadie have great team work. Even though they have a few minor mishaps along the way, they continue to work things out, together…

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