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This is Anna Dale’s fourth book for Bloomsbury. Whispering to Witches, her first book, sold in twenty-five languages. Anna Dale lives in Southampton.
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop and make money out it. Can Arthur help Mr Hardbattle find a home for the magic? It’s a hard task as Arthur soon discovers, as no one seems to want a sackful of unruly magic… A very appealing, gentle comedy for all readers who enjoy the unlikely and the improbable.
When Joe is traveling to stay with his mother and stepfather for Christmas, little does he imagine the excitement and magical intrigue that awaits him when he falls headfirst into an evil plot to rid England of witches. With great bravery and more than a little help from his half sister, Esme, and a new friend, Twiggy, he has to muster all his courage and ingenuity to solve the riddles surrounding him and save his newfound friends.A fabulously detailed and richly exciting adventure story that grips the listener in its magical clutches from the very beginning.
England's Secret Intelligence Organisation, S.H.H. (Strictly Hush-Hush), is composed of several departments which are scattered over the capital city in undisclosed locations. Behind the facade of a seemingly ordinary bed and breakfast hotel in Pimlico, reside the offices of P.S.S.T. (Pursuit of Scheming Spies and Traitors). Dawn finds herself drawn in to an amazing world when she is enlisted by S.H.H. to find a spy missing in action. No ordinary spy drama, this wonderful book is full of charm, surprises and invention.
A short holiday with his mother turns out very differently for Joe than he could have imagined when he left home. Soon he is embroiled in a world of witchcraft, a world where the kind and innocent witches of Britain are facing a wicked foe. Can Joe and his young friend Twiggy put an end to the cunning plot, or will they, like their witchy friends, find the baffling mystery too hard to solve?
When Joseph Binks is sent to stay with his mother, stepfather and half-sister Esme for Christmas, he is not at all happy. He would have preferred to have spent the time with his father, but his father has been called away to Scotland to attend to a family emergency. And so Christmas does not turn out quite as Joe anticipated...finding himself at the centre of a plot to rid Great Britain of witches, Joe encounters an unlikely witch's coven, their (not always efficient) spells, and a lovely new friend called Twiggy. With the help of his new friends and the brave Esme, Joe is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. With many brilliant interwoven clues and plot lines, this sparkling novel reaches an exciting and very surprising conclusion. Writing with great confidence, Anna Dale is a remarkable new talent in the world of children's books.
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