The Misspellers is not a book you pick, it's a book that picks you. It mostly tends to seek out people between the ages of 9 and 12. However, it has been seen with one-year-olds, as it is nice to chew, and with old people, for reasons still unexplained. The story is about two young people, Carlin and Jack. A neighbor asks them to water his plants while he is away. It's an awful job because the house smells of sour milk, burnt dinner and bad breath. Stranger yet is the lack of a telephone, a television or even a single light bulb. The house seems to have no electricity at all. Of course, Carlin and Jack wonder why, get nosey and learn the hard way that science and magic don't mix.
If you don't like tales of spells, fairies and things gone terribly wrong, don't worry. This book won't find you. If you suspect they don't teach you everything in school . . . check it out.
"The Misspellers is an original and entertaining novel which is especially recommended for young readers ages 9 to 12." -- Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch
"Within two pages, I was captivated" -- Aphelion Web-zine, March 2003, Dan Hollifield, Editor
There’s even a lesson plan
The Misspellers is not a traditional schoolbook (it's too much fun for that label) but it has been well received by reluctant readers. To help teachers, we posted this plan.