Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She's also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is...well, different. She's read "Macbeth." She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says "please" or "thank you." And she says she is a witch.
It's not always easy being friends with a witch, but it's never boring. At first an apprentice and then a journeyman witch, Elizabeth learns to eat raw eggs and how to cast small spells. And she and Jennifer collaborate on cooking up an ointment that will enable them to fly. That's when a marvelous toad, Hilary Ezra, enters their lives. And that's when trouble starts to brew.
About the Author
E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. Her first two books, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," were Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books respectively. She won her second Newbery Medal for "The View from Saturday," Her many acclaimed books include "Silent" "to the Bone," to which "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" is a companion novel. These titles are available on audio from Listening Library.
"An entertaining tale that has staying power."
-- School Library Journal, starred review