The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 1: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso

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The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 1: Spelling Trouble is about a girl named Salem and a cat named Whammy.  Salem is a young witch who mixes up almost all of the spells she tries to cast.  Her family decides to assign her a companion animal to help teach her how to use her powers.  Whammy the cat is the one enlisted to fill that role.  He also tries to help Salem win a spelling bee that she will be taking part in at school.  Though there is some friction between them, they eventually become friends.  This is the first book in the series.

This book is best for older school-aged kids to preteens.  Bubba likes this book because it’s funny.

Possible Objections:

  1. Salem is a witch and uses magical powers.  If you don’t want your child reading about that type of thing, then steer clear of this book series.
  2. There’s a bit of rude behavior and talk amongst some of the characters.



Bubba & Lori


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