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Middle Grade

  • Cattywampus, Ash Van Otterloo
    Scholastic Press, 9781338561593, August 4, 2020 (Middle Grade)

    Cattywampus has everything: friendship, enemies, a very charming raccoon, magic, ancient family feuds, and zombies. Set in Appalachia, this is the story of Delpha and Katybird, two girls coming of age in very different situations. Funny, smart, and inclusive, the only way to describe this book is as a good ole’ southern yarn!”

    -Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books (Knoxville, TN)

    “This is a really funny story about two budding witches from rival Appalachian families who accidentally bring their feuding ancestors back from the dead. But as they rush to send their witch relations back to rest, they discover they have a lot more in common than they thought. This is a great friendship story and I love that it includes an intersex character.”

    -Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD)

    “Two young girls are becoming witches in rival witching families. Delpha McGill and Katybird Hearn are learning forbidden magic when they accidentally awaken a graveyard full of zombies, who all rampage throughout Howlers Hollow, their ancestral home. Now, Delpha and Katybird must combine their inherited and personal magic together to reverse their hex spell. Will their new magic mix be in time and will their powers be enough to save their homes and families? To find out, read this fun, folksy, fantastic, and fable-like debut about friendship against all odds and the power of even the most unlikely connections.”

    -Drew Durham, Books Inc. Palo Alto (Palo Alto, CA)

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