Thursday, February 27, 2014

Witcha’be by Anna Marie Kittrell

I'm happy to have Anna Marie Kittrell on my blog today.  Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents.

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World. 

My Review

        This Young Adult novel is a delightful glimpse into the lives of three teenaged girls in Redbend, Oklahoma. At the end of summer, Molly, becomes friends with Lenni, but, Bianca, Lenni’s best friend, vows to destroy the friendship. Bianca is a Witcha’be – a witch in training, or at least that’s what she wants everyone to believe. She plucks a hair from Molly’s head – for a curse or some other foul deed.
        Molly has a dramatic imagination and vivid nightmares causing her to fear Bianca and wonder why Lenni can’t see what Bianca is up to. Molly struggles with Bianca’s sighs, eye rolling, and ill temper until Molly dreams she’s trying to help a little girl escape from an old house. The dream is about Bianca.
Through the help of a teacher, Mrs. Piper, who has the class journal their dreams, Molly realizes Bianca is hiding behind her tough exterior and when both girls join the youth group at church, they understand their need not only to forgive themselves but each other.

Ms. Kittrell keeps the reader captivated with this imaginative story. The characters are well developed and there are some edge of your seat moments during Molly’s dreams. 

You may purchase the book on Amazon.


Sandy Tilley said...

Sounds like a great read. And young readers need exciting and relevant plots to hook them into the reading habit. I love YA novels!

The Prude said...

I recommend this book even if you are a few years (or decades) past your teen years. The story is captivating and so are the girls. I enjoyed this book and am ready (no pressure. none at all) for the next one!(Anita Klumpers)

Heather Lindsey said...

Sounds like a novel I would enjoy, despite no longer being within shouting distance of teenage years! Great interview.

Carlene Havel said...

What a striking book cover! Just makes me want to see what's inside...guess that's the idea, huh?