Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; illustrated by Gail Owens (1975)

Is Lynn's older sister Judith a witch?  Lynn and her best friend Mouse certainly think so.  When I was 10 years old, I certainly thought so too.  Re-reading this as adult, now I'm not so sure.  Naylor is tricky!  My adult eyes see Judith in a different light - a moody 14 year old girl in the throws of puberty and a first boyfriend. A boyfriend who, I must admit, I had a crush on as well; I love Gail Owens 70s illustrations, which make Judith look like Stephen King's Carrie or every female babysitter I ever had, and which make Clyde Tuggle the cutest 70s boy ever.  I gave this book to a 20something male friend, who himself practices magic of various kinds, and he is really liking it.  I still do too.  It still is creepy, and quite honestly, you are never quite sure if there are witches or not. 

Witch's SisterWitch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is Lynn's sister Judith a witch? Lynn and her best friend Mouse certainly think so. When I was ten years old, I thought she was. My adult self, older (much) and wiser (or perhaps not), rereading the book, though perhaps Judith was more likely a moody pubsescent 14 year old girl with a new ideas and a new boyfriend, and that Lynn and Mouse's runaway imaginations have gotten the better of them. Naylor makes sure you have both of these ideas in your head at all times, and leaves you at the end with some deliciously shivery scary feelings.

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