Monday, January 14, 2008

Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Author: E. L. Konigsberg

First line: I first met Jennifer on my way to school.

Why you should read this book: An unorthodox friendship between two outsider girls leads to revelations and growth for the narrator. Little Elizabeth wants to believe in Jennifer's world, where witches can brew flying ointment and use their powers to humiliate stuck-up kids. Clever as all Konigsberg's novels are, it's a small, smart story about the power of the child's mind and the ability to construct reality.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You really are a witch and you aren't planning on sharing your flying ointment with anyone.

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