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With Halloween just around
the corner, I want to remind everybody about this Newbery Honor book by the
wonderful E.L. Konigsburg (of FROM THE
MIXED UP FILES…fame!) JENNIFER is one of
my favorite books and I still enjoy reading it.
Elizabeth is a new fifth grader in school, but has not made any
friends. On the way to school on
Halloween, dressed as a witch for the school parade, she meets another fifth
grader named Jennifer. Jennifer is not
only dressed as a witch, but informs Elizabeth
that she is, in fact, a real witch, and will make Elizabeth her apprentice. Though not exactly friends, the girls spend
all of their time together, with Jennifer setting up ‘apprentice witch’ tasks
This is a great ‘girls’ book,
(3rd, 4th, 5th grades) about friendship,
loneliness, being the odd girl out, but also about finding that one good
friend. I just love how Elizabeth’s mom keeps asking her to become friends with
one of the other girls who all the parents think is the perfect child, but who Elizabeth knows is
actually fake and not a nice person.
Kids really do know best!
"An entertaining tale that has staying power."
-- School Library Journal, starred review