10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber is a sweet, counting story about 10 little witches who unite on a broom and soar through the night sky. The pages are filled with friendship and adventure, and sprinkled with a few skeletons, ghosts and goblins.
To celebrate the launch of 10 Busy Brooms, author Carole Gerber asked her fellow Emu Debuts to share their favorite good witch. The answers may surprise you.
We kick this off with Carole, the author. Turns out her favorite good witch is her daughter, Jess, to whom the book is dedicated. She is the “brave little witch on the long skinny” broom in 10 Busy Brooms and even played a witch in “The Wizard of Oz” in 7th grade.
For me, it’s Miss Price, witch-in-training, from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, one of my favorite books growing up. I mean if you can turn a bed into a flying contraption, you must be the best witch ever. Right?
Next up, Debbi Michiko Florence. For her, it’s all about Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series. The confident, independent, wise, courageous, and loyal witch has all qualities she admires in a witch or a muggle.
Katie Slavinsky shared that her favorite magical lady is Polgara from the Belgariad and Mallorean books by David Eddings. She’s a stubborn, no-nonsense gal with centuries of life experience to draw from. She’s spent her immortal life learning all sorts of trades because they were practical and interesting. She’s won wars by reason, diplomacy, and pure toughness. She’s raised oodles of generations of “chosen ones,” which says a lot for her patience. Plus, she can turn into an owl. Polgara is pretty much the best magical female character to ever grace the pages of fantasy literature.
For Jason Gallaher, it’s Luna Lovegood. She’s unabashedly herself, and constantly fights for good in her own way. She may be kooky, and have to put up with taunts from her Hogwarts peers, but that doesn’t stop her from being true to herself and doing what she thinks is right. As Jason says, “Love you, Luna!”
Savinder Bal Naberhaus’s favorite is Minikin Snickasnee, called Minx for short, from Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Helen Stone (Illustrator). Minx was nine years old and wished with all her heart that she was not a witch’s child.
And for Donna Bowman, her love is for Glinda from The Wizard of Oz. She’s beautiful, sparkly, and generally made of sugary sweetness. Bewitch‘s Samantha wins as her favorite television witch because she was the best at wiggling her nose on cue, making people disappear, and fixing things without the help of her husband. And finally, Hermione Ganger ranks her most recent favorite witch because even Harry Potter wouldn’t survive without her smarts.
So, that’s a wrap. There’s a lot of Emu love for good witches. Let’s embrace all that love and say a huge Woot! for the 10 little witches of 10 Busy Brooms!
Elly Swartz is a middle-grade author whose debut novel, FINDING PERFECT (FSG) hits shelves October, 18 2016. FINDING PERFECT is about a twelve-year-old girl named Molly, friendship, family, OCD, and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything. It took thirteen years, numerous drafts, many Twizzlers, loads of hugs, and much unconditional love, to find her way to YES. If you want to connect with Elly or learn more about what she’s working on, you can find her at www.ellyswartz.com, on Twitter @ellyswartz or Facebook.