WITCH'S BUSINESS by Diana Wynne Jones


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This neat bit of business begins when Jess and Frank decide to earn some pocket money by contracting themselves out to people in need of revenge and find that their new enterprise, advertised as Own Back, Ltd., is in direct competition with the local witch. And it ends like a charm when the neighborhood children, by now in league together against the thoroughly nasty witch, recall the ending of Puss In Boots and trick old Biddy into transforming herself into a mouse in the presence of her familiar. In between Jess and Frank move quickly if not too efficiently to thwart Biddy's plans and their plotting is punctuated by the "colorful" language -- rendered as "purple" this and "orange" that -- of the tough kid Buster who changes sides midway through. Nothing subtle, but as easy as abracadabra.
Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
ISBN: 0060087846
Page count: 228pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1974


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