The Watching Wood by Erika McGann

The Watching Wood

Written by Erika McGann

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Six girls are practising their still unfinished magic spells when the ground just cracks open and swallows them up! Suddenly, Grace and her friends are in a mysterious and terrifying world of shape shifters and dark faeries. Will their magic be good enough to protect them? And can Grace manage to get them all home safely? An action packed adventure with plenty of magic to help it on its way.


The Watching Wood by Erika McGann

Danger wherever you turn ...When Grace and her five best friends are sucked into a world of witches and faeries, it seems like a nightmare. Forced to take part in the Witch Trials, they risk life and limb to compete against other trainee witches in magical, death-defying stunts. But when they are discovered to be mere humans, this supernatural world turns against them, and the real nightmare begins. Caught in the middle of an ancient and bloody feud, Grace must outwit powerful witches, avoid the clutches of menacing faeries, and bring her friends back together. But have the girls enough power between them to make it back home?


... ideal for those who don't want their tales in identical Disneyesque settings ... chockfull of dilemmas and dramas that any young reader from Detroit to Delhi can enjoy reading ... a touch of Hogwarts - but with half a dozen girls in the foreground ... in short; quirky, spooky fun with friendship as its key -- McGann expertly renders realistic and fully developed characters, reinventing Irish myth and legend in a modern setting -- CBI Recommended Reads Guide 2014 elements in Erika McGann's exciting and action-packed tale places The Watching Wood among the classics of children's adventure stories -- The Looking Glass Erika McGann wastes no time in plunging her readers into action-packed, magical adventure in The Watching Wood, the latest of her books starring young friends and apprentice-wiccans Jenny, Rachel, Una, Adie, Grace and new recruit Delilah ... it says a lot for McGann's skill as a storyteller that within a couple of lines the reader will have accepted this completely and be engrossed in the girls

... I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series, The Demon Notebook and The Broken Spell, and once again, McGann has created a satisfying, entertaining page turner. The girls

; the dialogue sparkles; and the scariness is lightened with humour, without it reducing the tension. There are lessons within the story about loyalty, and seeing what's really important, but they are lightly done. And the castles, dungeons, fairy creatures and magical wizardry match pretty much anything you'd come across in Hogwarts. How good it is too to see an all-girl gang wielding the wands and taking centre stage? -- amazing -- The Primary Planet think she is an amazing author ... I think the ending of the book means there might be more from this group of young witches. I really hope so ... -- Bleach House Library an action packed adventure with plenty of magic to help it on its way --

About the Author

Erika McGann

The World Book Day Ireland 2015 Author Erika McGann was the winner of the Waverton Good Read Children's Prize 2014 for The Demon Notebook, the first in her magical series about Grace and her four friends. She lives in Dublin in her own secret clubhouse (which is actually an apartment) and spends her time solving mysteries and having brilliant adventures (well, she writes about them anyway). She likes cold weather (because it’s an excuse to drink hot chocolate by the gallon) and cheesy jokes (because cheesy jokes are always funny, even when they’re not funny).

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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O'Brien Press Ltd

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15th September 2014




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