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The Witch's Curse

Keith McGowan; illustrations by Yoko Tanaka

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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—in this delightful book from author Keith McGowan and illustrator Yoko Tanaka.


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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.
Still, you can’t imagine what it’s
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REVIEWS

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.

    YOKO TANAKA is the illustrator of several books, including Sparrow Girl. She lives in Thailand.

  • Keith McGowan © Angelika Nohalka
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The Witch's Curse

Keith McGowan; illustrations by Yoko Tanaka

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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