Jess's Story (Backyard Witch #2) (Hardcover)

By Christine Heppermann, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator), Ron Koertge

Greenwillow Books, 9780062338419, 192pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/30/2017)

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

The second book of the Backyard Witch series, by acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, starring Ms. M, the witch who the Horn Book calls “a combination of Mary Poppins and a stand-up comedian.” A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean, Clementine, and the Food Network!

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis—you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let’s just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn’t save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.

Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers. Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening.



About the Author

Christine Heppermann is the author of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, which received five starred reviews and was named to five best of the year lists in 2014, and Ask Me How I Got Here. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Highland, New York.



Deborah Marcero holds degrees in drawing and photography from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is her first book.



Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge are the authors of acclaimed young adult books and are writing for young readers for the first time. After meeting through Hamline University’s MFA program, they decided to collaborate. Christine lives in New York, and Ron lives in California, so they work most of their magic long-distance.



Praise For Jess's Story (Backyard Witch #2)

“Many preteens can identify with Jess’ thorny relationship with her mom; no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to make her mom happy. …Delightful illustrations and enduring underlying themes make this a fun, quick read.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“In this second installment of the Backyard Witch series, the antics of Ms. M make for a humorous, bewitching tale perfect for newly independent or struggling elementary readers. Marcero’s grayscale illustrations…add another layer of humor to the story.”
— Booklist