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Books: "There's a Witch in My Sock Drawer"

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A tiny witch cleverly solves two thorny parenting puzzles in a new book by Thea Lewis: What happens to un-matched socks in the laundry? How do you motivate kids to clean their rooms? Although she is still a witch-in-training, Zula reveals to the main character Lucy that she's been "spiriting" away socks for practice. A coven of small spell-casters is responsible for tidying the room. This is a relief for Lucy, who received a mom-issued ultimatum: Clean up, or no trick-or-treating. There's a Witch in My Sock Drawer is the first children's book for Lewis, who created the Queen City Ghostwalk and authored Haunted Burlington: Spirits of Vermont's Queen City. Lewis teams up with Burlington artist Ian Webb in the fresh-off-the press, Halloween-themed book aimed at middle schoolers. Want to hear more? Lewis reads aloud in the University Mall atrium from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 30.

There's a Witch in My Sock Drawer: By Thea Lewis, Peapod Press, $10.95. Available in several local bookstores, including Phoenix Books and Café in Essex and UVM's Catamount Store on Church Street. Info, thealewis.com.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.