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In a nutshell: Black cats | Magic | Fun
Grace-Ella’s life is magically transformed when a black cat strolls into her house and makes himself at home. Mr Whiskins is a witches’ cat, and Grace-Ella discovers that she is a witch. She’s always struggled at school with reading and spelling, but casting spells is a whole new kettle of frogs! At last she’s found something she’s really good at. Lots of adventures follow, including accidental bewitchings of both her mum and her teachers. It all culminates in an unusual Hallowe’en party when Grace-Ella manages a thoroughly deserved bit of magical comeuppance on the school bully. The first in a series, Grace-Ella Spells for Beginners is a lively helping of fun, magic, friendship and being true to yourself. Young readers are sure to identify with Grace-Ella. ~ Andrea Reece
A Piece of Passion from Janet Thomas, Editor at Firefly Press: Everyone at Firefly Press loved Grace-Ella from the moment Mr Whiskins walks into her house on page one. In her first book, Sharon has managed to write a story for 7-9 year olds that feels both traditional and up-to-date, fresh and comforting, and Adribel’s got this balance in her beautiful illustrations as well. It’s about trusting yourself and being honest about who you are, and the scene where Grace-Ella bravely tells her best friends she’s a witch is one of my favourites. It’s also very funny with spells going wrong, school adventures and a madcap Halloween party where the magic goes wild. Everyone who has read it so far has wanted their own Mr Whiskins!
Grace-Ella is thrilled when a black cat walks through her door. She's always wanted a pet. But Mr Whiskins has a secret. On the ninth day of the ninth month of her ninth year, he tells Grace-Ella that she is a witch and can start learning magic with the Witches' Council. Her parents are shocked, particularly Mam, who worries what other people will think. Grace-Ella has never been good at school - can she learn to be a good witch? As well as struggling with lessons, Grace-Ella and her best friend Fflur are bullied by star pupil Amelia. The Witches' Council forbids using magic against anyone. But how else can Grace-Ella protect her friends?
‘A wonderfully refreshing read and an exciting new voice in children’s literature.’ Welsh Books Council
|Publication date:||15th September 2016|
|Author:||Sharon Marie Jones|
|Illustrator:||Adriana J. Puglisi|
|Publisher:||Firefly Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Humorous, School Stories|
Sharon Marie Jones grew up in mountainous North Wales. As a child, she listened in wide-eyed wonderment to local tales about giants and had her very own fairy door on the crab apple tree at the bottom of the garden. She studied English and Education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated with First Class Honours. After completing a PGCE course, she became a primary school teacher. She is Mam to three boys and worked as a Primary School teacher for twelve years, before finally allowing herself to pursue that magical dream of becoming an author. She ...More About Sharon Marie Jones