The babysitters coven

Kate Williams, 1980-

Book - 2019

After new student Cassandra Heaven joins seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter really means a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.

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Series
Williams, Kate, 1980- Babysitters Coven ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Delacorte Press [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series information from Goodreads.com.
Physical Description
360 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780525707370
0525707379
9780525707387
0525707387
Main Author
Kate Williams, 1980- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Esme Pearl? Not the coolest. She has one friend, and her main hobby is babysitting. Everyone else her age may have gotten a "real" job by now, but Esme likes kids, and the baby­sitters club she started with her best friend helps distract her from the fact that her mom, who had a babysitters club of her own, has been in a mental health facility for years. Then Esme's mostly normal life gets turned inside out by several weird things all at once. The kids she's babysitting report odd sightings of strangers in costume in their rooms at night. New girl Cassandra Heaven, super beautiful, super cool, wants to join Esme's babysitting club for some reason. And, oh yeah, Esme starts experiencing bouts of telekinesis. This debut winks at '90s cult horror films, though Esme fares significantly better than the average babysitter—she's a bit of a Buffy, albeit one you'd trust with kids. A high-energy series starter that's plenty of fun. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Esme Pearl? Not the coolest. She has one friend, and her main hobby is babysitting. Everyone else her age may have gotten a "real" job by now, but Esme likes kids, and the baby­sitters club she started with her best friend helps distract her from the fact that her mom, who had a babysitters club of her own, has been in a mental health facility for years. Then Esme's mostly normal life gets turned inside out by several weird things all at once. The kids she's babysitting report odd sightings of strangers in costume in their rooms at night. New girl Cassandra Heaven, super beautiful, super cool, wants to join Esme's babysitting club for some reason. And, oh yeah, Esme starts experiencing bouts of telekinesis. This debut winks at '90s cult horror films, though Esme fares significantly better than the average babysitter—she's a bit of a Buffy, albeit one you'd trust with kids. A high-energy series starter that's plenty of fun. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's staid life filled with babysitting gigs takes a turn for the weird when she begins to worry she might be causing things to happen with her mind. First a drink spills on a chauvinist classmate; then a ball takes out her bully in gym class. Concerned that she might be losing her grip on reality like her mother, who is in a long-term care facility, Esme tries to ignore the unexplainable incidents. Then new student Cassandra Heaven joins the babysitting club Esme shares with her best friend, Janis, and opens Esme's mind to a world of magic and witchcraft, shifting her entire understanding of the world and her mother. Witty, sarcastic Esme's voice is well pitched, whether she's discussing her desire to be normal or her growing awareness of her heritage and affinity for magic. Williams's liberal use of slang may cause the novel to date quickly, but together with references to modern politics and pop culture, it grounds the story in the present moment, adding nuance to the premise and deepening connections for contemporary teens. Ages 12–up. (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After new student Cassandra Heaven joins seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter really means a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil. Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree. Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria cooking. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home."The Baby-Sitters Club...but spooky."--Cosmopolitan"A high-energy series starter that's plenty of fun."--Booklist"Combines everything you love."--Man Repeller