Sadie's Story

Backyard Witch, #1

This was a charming story of a little girl and the friendships that she has and the friendships that she makes. Sadie is disappointed because her two best friends have left on a vacation without her. One day she looks out to see smoke coming from her playhouse. Off to investigate she finds that a witch has taken up residence there while trying to help a friend of hers that has been turned in to a bird. As the story goes on Sadie becomes friends with the eccentric old woman, learns about bird watching and learns a few lessons about friendship along the way.

I read this with my 7 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it. The story was well written and well paced. My daughter was captivated from the beginning a was totally drawn in to Sadie's world. The story was fun, the characters were ones we both could relate to and the lesson was subtle but still there.

A very enjoyable read and one I'd recommend to children from ages 6-9.

Book Blurb for Sadie's Story

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 she 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 novels for younger readers.

Age Level: 8 - 12 / Grade Level: 3 - 7

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.00