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Download The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children: A Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith McGowan Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average 11-year-old, so when he identifies the bone as a human femur, he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good.
In a spine-tingling adventure that makes them think twice about whom they can trust, Sol
and Connie discover that solving mysteries can be a dangerous game - even for skilled junior sleuths. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting story. Sol and Connie are brave kids who can get away from witch. Good job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Johnson | 1/29/2014

    " Great fractured fairy tale with a new twist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Atterberry | 1/8/2014

    " This clever book keeps you on your toes until the end. I love that you get to know what the witch is thinking, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/5/2014

    " Quick read (children's book after all) but enjoyable in that subtly dark way. I recommend it as a good modern update to Grimm's fairy tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LisaSunshineGirl | 1/3/2014

    " A modernized version of Hansel and Gretel, this tale alternates between two children dawning understanding that something is amiss in their town, and the journal of their neighbor, a witch, in which she reminisces fondly about her past meals, made up of delicious children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 12/29/2013

    " Worth a read for the dark humor and cute Hansel and Gretel references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 12/25/2013

    " This book was extremely clever and fun to read--my only complaint was that I wanted it to go on for much longer! Anyone who is a fan of Roald Dahl or Lemony Snicket would love it. I look forward to reading the continuing adventures of Sol and Connie as soon as the next book comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/20/2013

    " CUTE re-telling of the Hansel & Gretel story. It's children's fiction, but I really liked what the author did w/the story, esp. exploring the relationship between the sister & brother. Fun, quick, read... I think it would work for 4th-5th grade and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Elsasser | 11/17/2013

    " This is a modern-day Hansel and Gretel. I enjoyed the humor, plus it's a really quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Mitchell | 11/6/2013

    " BlueBonnet Award book 2012 Hilarious Cautionary story for kids (3rd or 4th grade) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peta | 10/15/2013

    " Fun, clever book. Frustrated by the ending because I wanted more closure regarding the fates of Sol and Connie...Sequel, please! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 10/7/2013

    " Cute. I think some of the kids will really enjoy it. I'll probably recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 10/1/2013

    " This is the modern tale of Hansel & Gretl, told in a humorous way reminiscent of Lemony Snicket. Part of the story is told from the witch's perspective; she's actually the same witch that tried to eat the other kids. Fun, snarky, and not too scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 7/21/2013

    " A fun update of Hansel and Gretel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/5/2013

    " Had potential. Ended strangely. Enjoyed the sibling bond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Pfeffer | 2/20/2013

    " A wicked touch to the Hansel and Gretel Story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 12/19/2012

    " This was an excellent book. I loved it. This book is very fast paced and if you think it is like Hansel and Grettel, then you are very wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 6/7/2012

    " Enh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 11/18/2011

    " I love children. Eating them that is! has to be my all time favorite first line of a book, chapter, what ever. It is wonderful to read excerpts of this book aloud to children! This book will not disappoint! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 10/1/2011

    " Well, I really wanted to like this one more, and the beginning pulled me in. However, the characters seemed awkward and the ending was unsatisfactory. A better pick is A Tale Dark and Grimm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanti | 7/31/2011

    " If you like Roald Dahl's books, you'll like this one. This is a darkly hilarious story. The two kids at the center of the story were adorable, and a bit eccentric, just like every other person in the town it seemed. I was hooked from the very first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Graham | 7/7/2011

    " This is a really cute book that is an easy read! It is a great read aloud to a classroom or to your own children. It is wickedly funny especially if you are a parent!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 6/3/2011

    " Different. I can't think of another Hansel and Gretel fractured fairy tale. It would definitely appeal to the Lemony Snicket crowd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley Barnow | 4/14/2011

    " Another delicious slice (ahem) of "evil humor," this tale is a remake of Hansel and Gretel in a modern urban setting. Pretty creepy and pretty entertaining. Grades 4-6 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Stie | 4/11/2011

    " A modern take on the Hansel and Gretel story. It had potential, but it fell flat. It was just an okay reading experience, with some rather boring parts to make the process seem really long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/4/2011

    " Until I am able to talk about the book with several kids who have read it, I won't feel completely
    ready to recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Librariandee | 3/19/2011

    " Great book with a witch as one of the main characters that is not too scary. Kids will love this one. My girls ages 5,7 and sure did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 3/17/2011

    " When their dog brings what looks like a human leg bone from the neighbor's house, two children can't help but start investigating. But will they be able to stay out of the crazy lady's oven? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma | 3/12/2011

    " A wonderful children's book based on the Hansel and Gretal storyline. On 2011 Bluebonnet list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 3/9/2011

    " This book was really clever and cute. I am not sure if the end of the book meant that there may be a sequel, but it ended a bit abruptly. I wish there would have been a bit more of a conclusion. Other than that, I liked this book. Very cute! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/6/2011

    " A modern retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story with some nice subtext about secrets in families and forgiveness. I really found the modern methods of the witch and her chatty journal/cookbook entries amusing and clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 3/5/2011

    " This is a really cute book that is an easy read! It is a great read aloud to a classroom or to your own children. It is wickedly funny especially if you are a parent!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/16/2011

    " A fun take on Hansel and Gretel story...but the cover is horrible. I don't think it's going to get any of my students to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/13/2011

    " A fun update of Hansel and Gretel. "

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About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.