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Looking for the name of a children’s book where a little girl is taught to be a witch. What’s striking is that they ride the broom the other way around and the progs of the broom guide the broom. The book cover was purple. There was no family she just went to some shop dressed as a witch in a rubbish bag and the owner is an old lady and she trains her to be a witch That’s about what I remember about the story. My daughter read it as a 5 year old in 2002

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How about Ruth Chew's Witch's Broom?

Witch's Broom

Amy's mother found the little broom in their back yard, near the peach tree. It didn't sweep very well. But Amy and her friend Jean found it could do other things—and one of the things it could do was fly!

With the further details, and the content of this review, this is looking less likely, but it's a start.

  • Does it fly backwards? – Valorum Feb 24 '18 at 21:12
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    That is the stupidest damn thing I ever saw. +1 – Valorum Feb 24 '18 at 21:18
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    Historically speaking, bristles forward was the way it went. The broom wasn't so much a "flying broom" as it was turning the broom into a flying mount, and the horse's head (the bristles) went in front. – FuzzyBoots Feb 24 '18 at 21:23
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    This was a favorite author for me in elementary school. This isn't the asked-for story but thanks for reminding me. – Aster Feb 24 '18 at 22:40
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    @FuzzyBoots Historically speaking the broom riding was bristles down, and for reasons that you probably don't want to explain to your kids. – Paul Feb 25 '18 at 14:53
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Carbonel: King of Cats by Barbara Sleigh is a match plotwise, but none of the covers show them riding backwards.

Carbonel

Rosemary's plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can't even afford to keep. But appearances can be deceiving. Some old ladies are witches, some brooms can fly, and some ordinary-looking cats are Princes of the Royal Blood. Rosemary's cat ("You may call me Carbonel. That is my name.") soon enlists her help in an adventure to free him from a hideous spell and return him to his rightful throne. But along the way Rosemary and her friend John must do some clever sleuthing, work a little magic of their own, and—not least— put up with the demands of a very haughty cat.

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