Rudi doesn’t mean to take the witch’s coin. It’s an honest mistake. But once it’s done, strange things begin to happen in his tiny village, and even when he tries to return the gold, the plagues and pestilences continue. When rats infest every home in sight, it becomes clear that dark magic is at work. Rudi must summon all his courage in order to restore peace to his community. Along the way, he makes surprising discoveries about himself, his friends, and even the witch herself.
Told with a classic air, this short novel is a great read for children who love fables, fairytales, and epic quests for glory. Stacy DeKeyser has delivered all of that here, plus a disgusting rodent or two (thousand). What’s not to love about that?
The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser; Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster); 15.99; Ages 8-12