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The Witches - Andy OpelThe Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure

2011 WINNER NEBF Children's Book Award

by Andy Opel
illustrated by Karel Hayes

When Jack gets his first boat, he is excited to explore Lake Winnipesaukee with his younger brother and sister. Timber Island is a magical place just across the bay, but to get there, they have to go past The Witches. Follow Jack, Franny, and J.J. as they set off in search of summertime adventures.

In a classic tale of kids "messing about in boats," The Witches captures the timeless magic and mystery of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. For generations, families have returned to this special place, sharing in the beauty of the "smile of the great spirit." Join Jack, Franny, and J.J. as they learn about the power of the lake and the wisdom of their grandmother.

About the Author

Andy Opel and his family have been coming to the lake for five generations. He is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who teaches documentary video production and environmental communication at Florida State University. To see his other work, visit:

About the illustrator

Karel Hayes is a writer and illustrator. Her book The Winter Visitors won the 2008 Time of Wonder Award from the Maine Discovery Museum and an Independent Publisher Bronze Medal. She has illustrated more than twenty books and her paintings have appeared in exhibitions nationally. She lives with her husband in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. To see her other work, visit:

Ordering Information

ISBN: 978-0-9828236-6-8, 8.5 x 11 hardcover, 36 full color pages, $17.95 / Children

Order The Witches book online: Also available through Enfield Distribution

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