Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.338655
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The buzzing sound?

Do you hear that?

There it is again.

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No? Well, I really shouldn't have asked. Most people can't hear it, anyway. But, if you could, you'd think it sounds like you're teetering on the edge of the universe. That's what Isabelle Bean thinks...and she's not that far from the truth.

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You really don't hear that?

Well, it's actually not that great to have a buzzing in your ear. It's distracting for one thing. And when Isabelle starts listening to the buzz instead of, say, her boring teacher, strange things happen. She gets sent to the principal's office (that's not so strange), but then while awaiting her punishment, she tumbles into an adventure—into another world that's a little bit different, a little bit Hansel & Gretel-y, a little bit like a fairy tale, which would be great, but...did I mention that Isabelle is an unusual dresser? When she shows up in fairy-tale land wearing her favorite high, pointy boots, the fairy-tale people start thinking that Isabelle is a witch -- and not just any witch, but the witch!

From Edgar Award-winning author Frances O'Roark Dowell comes the unlikely story of Isabelle Bean—an ultimate misfit, an outsider extraordinaire, and not a witch!
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on March 2, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 141695032X
ISBN-13: 9781416950325
3 Book Reviews
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  • maiz
    maizThursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:50 am55 stars
    It is AWESOME!!!!
    • live_love_leila
      live_love_leilaThursday, May 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm
      This book was A-mazing. I liked the mystery sort of thing in it. The witch, OH yeah, LOVED LOVED LOVED it. So so so so good for young readers. I'd say ages 7-11, since there is a little bit of violence and childish beliefs.
      • eringbryson
        eringbrysonMonday, November 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm
        I want to read this book because, it makes me question the quote, " Don't judje a book by it's cover." because it looks so intesting!!!