Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage by Kaye Umansky
STRONG GRIL TO CLEEN.
Just an ordinary girl, Clover Twig is about to embark on an unusual adventure. She stands staring at the witches' cottage, the cottage stares right back. The windows look like eyes, sunken, black, with the ivy hanging like droopy eyelids. Not to mention that when she tries to open the gate it begins talking back to her. Who would guess that gate could have it's very own bossy personality?
She tries to open the gate but it refuses to budge. Clover is not about to take this from a rusty, falling down gate, so after much arguing, she manages to convince the gate she is here to see Mrs. Eckles about a job. Clover coming from a large family needs the money this job will provide. She isn't about to be put off by a rusty old gate. Growing tired of the gate she gives the gate a swift kick, that makes it fly open with a loud squeal.
Clover is about to get a job, find a friend, along with a chance to live in a magical cottage. What is the secret about the cottage, who keeps leaving cake on the porch, and where is Mrs. Eckles crazy cat, Neville? When Mrs. Eckles decides to take a trip to fair, she leaves Clover Twig in charge. Now things really begin to happen.