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The Little Broomstick summary

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Sustained narrative pace and an irresistible ability to evoke a setting have made Mary Stewart's novels among the most popular today. Now she brings these gifts to her first story for young readers. In a fantasy that skillfully blends the real world with the magical, she spins a tale of enchantment and high adventure.

A lonely girl spending a holiday in Shropshire provides the setting. A small black cat with green eyes, a rare wildflower called a fly-by-night, and a little broomstick made of birch twigs provide the props. Once introduced, they launch Mary on a wild journey involving spells, witchcraft, and animals transformed. How Mary meets the challenge posed by these strange doings transforms her as surely as the animals she befriends.

—jacket, William Morrow edition, 1972