The Witch's Curse

Keith McGowan; illustrations by Yoko Tanaka

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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A shadowy witch, a cursed hunter—it’s tricky business for Sol and Connie as they face off against this awful pair. The kids narrowly averted being eaten by the last witch after them, and this time it doesn’t look any better. It’s a long way through the accursed valley, they’re running out of food and water, and that lodge on the mountain side with the collection of animals inside isn’t exactly comforting. Who can save them? The All Creatures Manager? A heroic woodthrush? The Camper Lady? The Know-It-All Cube? Or will they have to save themselves? And here’s the worst of it: little do Sol and Connie know that the ancient child hunter is about to wake up—thanks to the witch’s curse.

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CHAPTER
1
THE HUNTER

 
I DON’T WISH to hunt animals who were once children. But I must. I’m woken from my long sleep by Monique, the witch of these woods, and told whom I have to hunt next. I’m cursed, you see.
It’s a terrible fate.
If you are a child, you might well ask, What kind of terrible fate is that? We are the ones being turned into animals and hunted, not you. And I admit it. Those I gallop after, bow in hand, have it worse than I do.
It’s worse to be hunted than to be the hunter.

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Praise for The Witch's Curse

"A well-done continuation of the story that leaves readers wanting to hear from this brother and sister again." -- School Library Journal
 
"McGowan here creatively interweaves aspects of Grimms’ Brother and Sister,

blending classic fairy-tale and contemporary elements, magic, suspense, and vibrant, diversely drawn kid protagonists into another edgy, absorbing read." -- Booklist

"Having narrowly avoided becoming dinner in The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children (2009), sibs Sol and Connie face another folkloric fate in this equally gothic sequel." -- Kirkus

Praise for The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children:

“A semisweet literary treat . . . Seriously cerebral humor that will delight and challenge the inquisitive youngster.” —The New Yorker

“Fans of Lemony Snicket’s best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events should love Keith McGowan’s beguiling debut.” —USA Today


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About the Author

Keith McGowan; illustrations by Yoko Tanaka

Keith McGowan is the author of The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children, which received glowing reviews and honors. A former teacher, he currently lives in the third district of Vienna, Austria.

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The Witch's Curse
Keith McGowan; illustrations by Yoko Tanaka

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
March 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805097504
ISBN10: 0805097503
Middle-Grade Fiction304 pages, black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$5.70

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
March 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805093247
ISBN10: 0805093249
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, 304 pages, black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$16.99

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Square Fish
July 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250044266
ISBN10: 125004426X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 320 pages, black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$7.99
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