THE LETTER, THE WITCH, AND THE RING by Richard Egielski

THE LETTER, THE WITCH, AND THE RING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Winding up the hocus-pocus begun in The House With the Clock in Its Walls (1973), this takes Lewis' friend Rose Rita on a Northern Michigan vacation with Mrs. Zimmerman, the grandmotherly witch who has just inherited a cousin's farm up there. But another old lady, jealous of Mrs. Zimmerman for stealing her beau 45 years earlier, uses witchcraft and a magic ring to turn her rival into a hen, and Rose Rita, snooping about, is almost killed herself before she gets hold of the ring. . . saving her friend Mrs. Z, who must then save her from the ring's compelling power. "I wish I were a boy" is, Bellairs hints, what baseball-playing Rose Rita is about to intone--but despite the satisfying exactness of his time-and-place details, Bellairs' understanding of a 1950 "tomboy" is only skin deep. And of course his sorcery only skims the cauldron.
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
ISBN: 0142402613
Page count: 210pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1976




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