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Gili and the Little Witch

Sarit Goren
AGE 7-11

Matilda is a witch, of the little-witch type. She’s nervous and cheeky, and about as big as a Barbie doll. After five years as an apprentice, it’s time for her final test: if she passes it, she’ll be a qualified, self-employed witch! But when she opens her notebook with all her spells to study for the exam, she sees that everything she’s written down in magic ink has disappeared. There’s only one way to get the writing back: to pour over it the pink ink that she can get at Yossi’s store in the town. So Matilda gets on her broomstick, takes her personal turtle and sets off.
When she gets to Yossi’s fabulous store, she finds a great dolls’ house and goes inside. But just then, Auntie Mimi comes in and wants to buy the dolls’ house for Gili, her niece. And that’s how Gili, an ordinary Israeli girl, gets to meet a real witch and a speaking turtle who knows absolutely everything. Now, finally, she has someone to tell about how her classmates have stopped speaking to her, and about two girls, Michal and Einav, who tease her and make her feel awful.
Two days later, after being teased by Michal and Einav again, Gili can’t resist the temptation ‒ and she uses Matilda’s magic wand to turn the two girls into a mouse and a frog. She's sorry straight away, but how to turn them back into girls before it’s too late?
An adventure story in which fantasy and Israeli reality meet in an absolutely natural way.

Illustrations: Cristina Kadmon

Goren Gili and the Little Witch
Title Gili and the Little Witch
Author’s Last Name Goren
Author's First Name Sarit
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2011
No. Pages 123 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Gili Ve-Ha-Mechashefa Ha-Ktana
Representation Represented by ITHL
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