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In this re-telling of ...
In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I was really excited a...
I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.
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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
In this re-telling of ...
In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I was really excited a...
I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.
<ul><li>Format:Paperback</li><li>Publication Date: 2011-07-19</li></ul>
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I absolutely loved thi...

I absolutely loved this book! For those of you who like the story of Hansel and Gretel, you will love this new spin on it. The witch, Fay Holaderry has adapted her lifestyle to the present time, living like any elderly person in any community. But, looks can be deceiving. Sol and Connie Blink have just moved to Grand Creek. They have a lovely set of parents who don't really seem to care about them. The reasons, and there are many, become clear as you read the book. Sol is a science nerd. His younger sister Connie loves animals and loves and admires her brother. Sol has a difficult time believing in himself after a terrible incident in the town they have just moved from. Both Sol and Connie must learn to trust each other if they are to survive what their parents, Ms. Holaderry and many others in the town have set up for them. This story's themes of perseverance, trust and relying on family run all through this story. I can't wait for the first day of school to begin so that I can recommend this book to my new students.

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In this re-telling of ...

In this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, the children are science wiz Sol Blink and his younger sister Connie. When their family moves into the apartment building next door to Fay Holaderry, Sol notices that the old woman's dog is chewing on a bone that looks rather alarming. And when the children manage to steal Holaderry's journal, all their suspicions are confirmed. This book is listed for young readers, but I think that refers to the fact that the story is written in a style that is somewhat fairy tale-ish. It's a clever modern version of two children having to outwit an evil witch who has embraced the internet and movie theaters.

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This was a fun story, ...

This was a fun story, perfect for a tween audience (or those wishing to re-live their tween years). The witch from Hansel and Gretel has moved to the suburbs, but she's still got her cookbook open and active. She now works in partnership with disatisfied parents who wish to ditch their inadequate offspring - ever wonder what those big bins marked "Donations" in parking lots are for? But she gets more than she bargains for when some new kids move into town, and their father - who isn't really their father - decides to move on without them. Will the kids figure out what's going on in time? I listened to this on audio with my 10 year old daughter. Luckily she's old enough to understand the humor - and she pointed out a donations bin the next time we saw one. This is a quick read and worth a try if you're looking for something different.

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Remember the story of ...

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Well, the witch - one Fay Holadarry - is still alive. The city has been built around her, where the forest used to be. And her house no longer looks like candy, but she has her ways of getting children. Parents, for example, who no longer want their children can drop them off at various locales. Holaderry does not go hungry. When Sol and Connie move in next door to Holaderry, they immediately smell something fishy. It's not long before these clever kids learn Holaderry's secret and decide to do something about it. This delightful tale is as quirky as it is heartwarming, with distinct characters that readers young and old will not easily leave behind. Illustrations by Yoko Tanaka fit in perfectly with this retold classic.

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Remember the story of ...

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Well, the witch - one Fay Holadarry - is still alive. The city has been built around her, where the forest used to be. And her house no longer looks like candy, but she has her ways of getting children. Parents, for example, who no longer want their children can drop them off at various locales. Holaderry does not go hungry. When Sol and Connie move in next door to Holaderry, they immediately smell something fishy. It's not long before these clever kids learn Holaderry's secret and decide to do something about it. This delightful tale is as quirky as it is heartwarming, with distinct characters that readers young and old will not easily leave behind. Illustrations by Yoko Tanaka fit in perfectly with this retold classic.

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A retelling of Hansel ...

A retelling of Hansel and Gretel, set in the 21st century. Sol and Connie Blink move to a new town. Their father and step mother picked this particular town because their research showed that it was the home of Faye Holaderry. Faye is the original witch from Hansel and Gretel. Yes, H&G failed to kill her. The world has grown around her and she has developed new, modern, means of finding children to eat. Mr Blink attempts to lose Sol and Connie in their new town. He doesn't know that prior to moving Sol took the time to print maps of their new town off the internet. Sol and Connie are intelligent, creative and resourceful. They discover who their new neighbor Faye Holaderry really is and they take her on in her own house. This was a fun, quick read. I love that the book cover is the same red and white check print as the cookbook that my mother used when I was younger. (Betty Crocker? Good Housekeeping? - I can't remember) Recommended. E

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A retelling of Hansel ...

A retelling of Hansel and Gretel, set in the 21st century. Sol and Connie Blink move to a new town. Their father and step mother picked this particular town because their research showed that it was the home of Faye Holaderry. Faye is the original witch from Hansel and Gretel. Yes, H&G failed to kill her. The world has grown around her and she has developed new, modern, means of finding children to eat. Mr Blink attempts to lose Sol and Connie in their new town. He doesn't know that prior to moving Sol took the time to print maps of their new town off the internet. Sol and Connie are intelligent, creative and resourceful. They discover who their new neighbor Faye Holaderry really is and they take her on in her own house. This was a fun, quick read. I love that the book cover is the same red and white check print as the cookbook that my mother used when I was younger. (Betty Crocker? Good Housekeeping? - I can't remember) Recommended. E

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I was surprised that t...

I was surprised that the perspective of the book was from the children. I was really expecting (and hoping) for a different perspective like Gardner's Grendel. The sections when the children read from the journal were the most interesting. I wished McGowan would have included more of these insights into the witch character. The children did have a lot of depth. The sister's guilt was very thick. I could feel her struggle to find some redemption. The brother's mixture of confidence and doubt in his intelligence was also well conveyed. In all, this was a good book. It was well written and had some strong characters. I just expected something different, and it was hard to switch gears. (Also, I wanted to know more about the pet shop owner. A prequel would be great as long as it doesn't turn into the Magician's Nephew.)

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When their dog brings ...

When their dog brings what looks like a human leg bone from the neighbor's house, two children can't help but start investigating. But will they be able to stay out of the crazy lady's oven?

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I was really excited a...

I was really excited about this book. And then I was really disappointed by this book. It had such promise, but then it fell apart into rushed conveniences that were trying too hard to be Lemony Snicket, and missing the mark.At least it didn't take that long to read.

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A tasty modern retelli...

A tasty modern retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" with the witch employing some unique methods of luting children. Entertainingly macabre in the spirit of Roald Dahl.

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(My uncorrected proof ...

(My uncorrected proof copy has the title "the Witch's Journal")

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