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Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country
village, and everything feels wrong. The cottage they now live
in is old and creepy. Anxiety about her new school is causing
Charlie's stutter to return. And the villagers are just plain weird:
Beautiful young singer Suzy Evans, who glows with a strange
light that only Charlie can see. Mysterious classmate Cat, who won't
keep her nose out of Charlie's business. And Agatha, who may
not have a broomstick or a cauldron, but is definitely a witch...

Slowly and steadily, though, the strange surroundings exert their
effect on Charlie... Would a bit of Agatha's magic fix her worsening
stutter? Nothing else seems to...

But bad-tempered Agatha has long since retired from magic. Besides,
she tells Charlie, her stutter is part of who she is, not a curse
that can be removed. Not like the curse that's been put on Suzy
Evans, the sparkling singer, who is set to lose her wonderful
voice when she turns sixteen in just a week's time...

How to Catch a Witch Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9781407162515
  • Pub Date: 6th October 2016
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Imprint: Scholastic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 240

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31st October '16
Lilly29 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
My daughter enjoyed this book  - she couldn't put it down.  It was about a young girl went to go and live with relatives. One day she went for a walk found a friend when turned out to be a witch. The main character also turned out to be a witch and together they made a few discoveries.
23rd October '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Aaronthecooldude aged 7 aged 7
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
Having previously read the Fairytale Hairdresser series by the same author, I was surprised that this was aimed for an older aged range. However it was the so well done that you'd think Abie Longstaff had been writing for 7-10 year olds throughout her career. The plot is engaging, the characterisation is spot on (Charlie is fantastic) and the ending lines up nicely for a series. Well worth a read.
2nd January '17
beebee5 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
I really liked this book. It was funny and I have read other books that Abie Longstaff has written and loved them too so I knew I would like this book. 
I really liked the front cover, it was full of lots of different things and that made me think about what might happen in the book. 

My favourite part was when Charlie found out she was a witch! I did not think she was going to be a witch so this was very exciting. I also liked it when she had to draw out a curse from a girl called Suzy's body. 

I felt a bit sad for Charlie because she was very nervous at starting a new school. I didn't want to start year 3 this year so I know how she felt. I liked everything about this book which is my favourite kind of book. I would not change anything about it. 

Charlie was my favourite character too because she was a very shy girl who I didn't think would be so magical, that is always good in books, when the character who is the quietest turns into something very exciting and interesting. 
I liked how the writing was set out on some of the pages and liked that they had potions in the book too.  

I gave this book 5 ***** because It was one of the best books that I have ever read. It didn't take me very long to read it but I had lots of other books to read at the same time for my Brownies award so It took a long time to enter my review. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and I am even borrowing it to my aunty to read to her class.
I loved how magical this book was because I love anything about magic and potions in books. Charlie turned into a very happy girl who was proud of who she was. This made me feel happy because it was good to know she was happy too.  

At the end of the book you get to read a new part of a new book called How to trap a wolf. I can't wait to buy this book and read it all because this book was so much fun to read. 
9th December '16
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
How to Catch a Witch was an exciting read. 

Charlie feels like lots of weird things are happening when she moves to a small country village, nothing feels right and everyone is just a bit.. weird! Soon her stammer begins to resurface and she thinks it's all down to the peculiar goings on about the village but she must learn that not everything is caused by the freaky shenanigans of the the village folk. It is part of who she is.  

As the story goes on, she meets the witch Agatha who helps to explain just what has been going on. 

It was a great read, interesting and cleverly written. I'm absolutely looking forward to 'How to trap a Wolf.' 
14th February '17
Lissylu read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
I thought this book was very good, it was entertaining and I couldn't put it down, I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
7th January '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to 3CR aged 7 to 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
Everywhere she went, Charlie noticed strange things. There was that frog the other day who had looked at her too closely, like he was about to talk. And the old apple tree at the bottom of the garden definitely had some kind of face in its bark. These days things had seemed stranger than ever. They’d only moved into the cottage one week earlier and so far it was all so very different from London.

Most of you might know Abie Longstaff from her series – The Fairytale Hairdresser where a hairdresser meets various characters from fairytales and helps them solve their problems (It is brilliant by the way!) I didn’t know that she had also written this series until I saw the second book -How to Bewitch a Wolf – advertised. It really looked like my cup of tea so I duly trotted off to my local library to procure a copy.
As an adult I loved this book and I would have loved it even more if I had read it when I was ten. The main character is realistic and sympathetic and the other characters in the book are fleshed out too. I liked this as a standalone, but was even more pleased to find out that there is a sequel.
Highly recommended if you like magic, witches and adventures!
With her stomach churning, Charlie pushed the door open. A sea of faces looked up.
“Um…I’m, uh…” She stumbled over her first words. Everyone stared. The teacher waited, expectantly. Charlie opened her mouth, but to her horror, she found she couldn’t say the “ch” of her name. There was a long pause. Charlie could hear her name inside her head, but it was like the sounds were stuck in quicksand.

What I liked: Simple, but interesting and fast-paced storyline. The protagonist, Charlie, has a stutter, yet it is something that does not hold her back in the story – in fact, she is reassured by Agatha (her local witch) that it will help her as she has to be so precise when speaking!
Even better if: I would have really, really liked some illustrations – I think they would have made an already very good book even better.
How you could use it in your classroom: This would be brilliant for a read-aloud with a Year 2, 3 or 4 class. I have a child in my class with a stutter and don’t often see positive representations in stories so am planning to read an extract from this in class next week.
(Thank you to my wonderful library for having a copy on your shelves!)
31st August '17
prettypinkowl1 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
 My 10 year old really enjoyed reading this book and was often caught with her nose stuck in it when she should have been doing other things or asleep (like mother like daughter). She's hoping there will be more books in the series as she enjoyed reading this one so much.
26th November '16
Giggle read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
This story is really good. I am going to save up my money to by how to trap a wolf. I really liked the storyline and I was surprised that Charlie was related to the bad witch! I loved how Charlie was so determined to help Suzy with her curse. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like magic.
27th October '16
ejpot read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
This review is written based on what my 8 year old has to say about the book. 

I really liked the book, I found the story really interesting and I enjoyed reading it, I didn't want to put it down some nights. It was easy to read and easy to understand. 

I liked the main character  Charlie and I think the ending was good but I wanted to read more so I hope there is another one because I'd deffinatly buy it.  
28th October '16
I read it to Ame aged 8 aged 8
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
This is the first time we have read anything by this author but we will 100% look for her books again,its very well written and reads at a wonderful pace ,my 8 year old couldn't put it down,it funny in places but feels like a grown up book well worth a read x
8th November '16
TabbyLou read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
This is a story about a girl called Charlie Samuels. Her life takes her on a different journey when her family have to move from the big city to a small country village, where everything is completely different and doesn't feel right. The locals are all a bit weird too. There is something very odd about her new home. It's old and creepy. She struggles to make new friends half way through the school year, and is missing her old friends, and her stutter returns which doesn't help matters. Then one day she meets a woman living alone in the woods who appears to be a witch and Charlie finds herself drawn into a mysterious tale of the unexpected in which good must do battle over an ancient curse, not realising that it will change her life forever. A fantastic and un-put-downable book with lots of interesting facts about the history of witches too. 
20th January '17
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
5 stars
This book was AMAZING! I got so absorbed in the book I would read it in every spare time I had. In how to catch a witch you actually feel like you are in the book. I liked how it involved magic, and the characters were interesting, funny and magical. The genre is magic and I would recommend it for anyone from 7-10 who likes magic and mystery. I would love to get the second book of this series.
31st October '16
swalker read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
4 stars
This book reminded me abit of myself, as I moved house and school last year and was very nervous too so it was great how I could relate to the story personally.
I've not read books by this author before but I will definitely read more in the future, I really enjoyed the book and found it easy to read and understand. Perfect for people of my age group.
7th November '16
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Catch a Witch 9781407162515
4 stars
Charlie and her family have just moved from a big city to a sleepy countryside village and Charlie isn’t happy.  The old cottage they’ve inherited gives her a strange buzzy feeling and being worried about starting a new school halfway through the school year has caused her stutter to come back.
A chance meeting with the glowing and beautiful Suzy Evans, leads Charlie on the path to discovering her true destiny.  Along with a rather irritating and mysterious girl called Cat and a strange old woman called Agatha who may or may not be a witch!
This book is actually about a lot more than just witches.  It also deals with issues such as stammering, loneliness and redundancy in a sensitive manner.  I liked the way that Charlie was in charge of finding her own happiness – she didn’t rely on anybody else to sort things out for her.
There were lots of literary  magical references woven through the book which I enjoyed trying to spot, notably Hogwarts and The Wizard of Oz.  I also loved Charlie’s use of lists to try to make sense of things and reading the snippets of the spells she got to try and cast.
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