The Witch of Bloor Street by Beth PollockThe Witch of Bloor Street by Beth Pollock

The Witch of Bloor Street

byBeth Pollock

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Sixth-grader Maggie Ito believes she has been cursed by the Witch of Bloor Street. While her friends all seem to be best at something - Sasha is best at art, Alice is the most musical, and even her nemesis Jarrett Johnson is the fastest runner - Maggie believes the curse is keeping her from being best at anything. Her attempts to break it become increasingly far-fetched, but her luck is still bad.With the help of her friends and a supportive teacher, Maggie finds confidence in her own abilities and the strength to confront her "witch." [Fry Reading Level - 4.0
BETH POLLOCK lives in Toronto, Ontario. This is her third book in the Streetlights series. Her Streetlights novel The Next Step was chosen as a Resource Links Year's Best in 2009.
Title:The Witch of Bloor StreetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552775364

ISBN - 13:9781552775363

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful series! This series captures the hearts of children and adults alike. In each of Beth Pollock's stories, her young protagonists must overcome adversities that many children can relate to in one way or another. The characters find themselves in predicaments that they, with the help of family and friends (and a good sense of humour), finally manage to work their way through. “The Witch of Bloor Street” is just as poignant and fun as the first two books. And Maggie’s attempts at ridding a witch’s curse are just as wild as her imagination. Through her anxieties and antics, Maggie reveals insecurities that many young girls can identify with. By dealing with them head-on, she shows that there is always a solution to a problem. I highly recommend all three of Pollock’s books because young girls are sure to empathize with, and cheer for, the colourful characters who strive to solve their not-so-simple problems.
Date published: 2010-11-07

Editorial Reviews

The rich cast of secondary characters, including Maggie's parents and small circle of understanding friends, help flesh out this satisfying story, which is told in Maggie's humorous, self-deprecating voice. Because Maggie is a particularly innocent sixth grader, readers as young as third grade can enjoy this window into the middle-school world and will hope to have friends like Magnolia and Sasha.