Synopses & Reviews
Hectate Tenbury-Smith can turn people into animals, and create new animals out of thin air. Shes an animal witch, and a recent graduate of a school for good witches. Determined to make the world a better place, Heckie befriends a boy named Daniel, and informs him of her mission to do good by turning bad people into animals. Together, Heckie and Daniel perform many a good deed, such as turning the mean owner of a nursing home into a warthog. But then Heckie falls in love with the conniving Lionel Knacksap. Can Daniel foil Lionels evil plans and save Heckie from a broken heart?
The fast-moving plot, sympathetic characters, and moments of humor keep the story humming along to its satisfying conclusion. (Booklist
A witch who wants to Do Good? In the world of Eva Ibbotson, this means trouble. Heckie, a graduate of one of the best witch schools, settles in the town of Wellbridge, determined to discover evildoers and turn them into . . . animals. She turns the mean owner of a nasty nursing home into a warthog, a bank robber into a mouse, and a cruel chicken farmer into a fish. The Wellbridge Zoo is pleased, but Heckie's do-gooding is about to land her and some of her young friends in big, hairy trouble.
Heckie, a graduate of one of the best witch schools, settles in the town of Wellbridge, determined to find evildoers and turn them into animals. But Heckie's do-gooding lands her in big trouble. Illustrations.
About the Author
Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 - 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9-11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.