At a glance:
- Author: E. L. Konigsburg
- First Published: 1967
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism and social realism
- Time of Work: The 1960’s
- Setting: An elementary school
- Characters: Elizabeth, Jennifer, Cynthia
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Social realism, Novel
- Subjects: Girls, 1960's, Self-discovery, Folkloric or magical people, Friendship, Schools or school life, Witches or witchcraft, Students or student life, Shakespeare, William, or Shakespearean plays, Elementary education
- Locales: United States, North America
Form and Content
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth is written in the first person, with Elizabeth serving as the narrator. Two children, Jennifer and Elizabeth, participate in ongoing imaginative play about being witches. The story does not focus on witchcraft or any of the darker elements that are sometimes associated with stories about witches. Instead, the focus is on the growing friendship between two girls.
Elizabeth first meets Jennifer as she is walking alone to school one day. Jennifer hops out of a tree and asks about the...
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