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Refreshingly free of vampires and werewolves this is a stunning dystopian debut novel written for teenage readers. Genetic engineering gone wrong has lead to a radically different population structure and teenage girls are forced to breed to keep the human race alive. The first in a trilogy and this edition contains a sneak preview of the sequel, Fever, and a brand new short story by Lauren DeStefano: The First Bride. Click here for the Chemical Garden fan site.
September 2014 Book of the Month Pixies, ghouls, and a granny who is stuck in the old ways are just some of the characters in this highly entertaining and action-packed story set in a witchy world that is as new fangled as our own. Cauldron’s are so yesterday, Flo would never be seen dead with one. She talks to her friends on a skychatter and, if she’s going to travel, she’d take a skycab rather than ride on a wobbly broomstick. Flo is passionate about saving pixies who are almost extinct while Grandma dreads an invasion of ghouls who she thinks are about to attack the Witchworld. Chris Riddell’s illustrations bring this ebullient world, so like our own and so different, vividly to life.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: parents will envy Flo’s mum’s witchwasher – the witch washing machine – while young readers will long for a skychatter, so much more stylish than a mobile phone. The other fun thing about magical worlds is that they offer so many more chances for children to be heroic, and that’s the case here too. Having already seen off an invasion of ghouls, albeit with the help of her highly eccentric granny and other Skritchett family members, now Flo has to face the terrifying Haggfiend, and virtually single handed – save for a gang of loyal trolls and her best friends. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the story, and the book fairly crackles with energy, excitement and humour too. ~ Andrea Reece Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: “Shiveringly exciting and with such a great voice – Emma plays beautifully with the witch genre and the results are spelltastic"
Full of dark humour in fact seriously funny this is the start of a series that should not be missed and packaged in a terrific small hardback format. There is great anticipation in the witching world as the Wicked Witch is dead. But who will take over? Esmeila Sniff fancies her chances; after all she is exceedingly wicked and has warts in all of the right places. As she and her surprisingly cheerful apprentice, Sam, set off to find three other witches to nominate her for the job, the meanest and the baddest witches in the world are hatching their own devious plan to become ‘The Wickedest Witch’. The second in the series is The White Wand, out now.
The third and much anticipated final instalment in the highly-praised Witches at War! series. Hilarious fun for children aged 8+ and brilliant for parents and children to read together. There are stunning illustrations throughout in this beautifully produced small hardback edition.
Magic! There’s a new adventure for Elsie Pickles and her friend and sometime employer witch Magenta Sharp. Bored, Magenta has decided to open a magic shop in Elsie’s village, Smallbridge. Attention to detail has never been one of Magenta’s strengths, and she relies on new gadget the Spellatron 3000 to set it up, ignoring the first rules of witchcraft - read the instructions, follow the recipe, know how to stop it if things go wrong. Things do go wrong of course, but not before the shop has provoked protest from some village residents who want to keep Smallbridge ‘witch-free’, to quote one of their unfriendly placards. Thanks to Elsie – and some magic tickle dust - all is resolved happily in the end. Kaye Umansky is one of our best writers for children and here she subtly and seemingly effortlessly mixes social comment into a very funny comic adventure.
Sibeal Pounder’s Witch Wars books are absolutely fabulous! A mix of junior witch adventures, magic and fashion, they are totally original and become more appealing with each new book (this is number three). After the Big Exit, all colour disappeared from Sinkville, where young witch Tiga Whicabim has been living happily since she escaped there down the drainpipe in book one. But strange things are happening, first a green – yes, green – apple appears, swiftly followed by Tiga’s nasty former guardian Miss Heks, in orange. What’s happening and could evil witch Celia Crayfish be next to arrive? With its crazy situations, cast of eccentric characters, sparkling writing, and fashion fixes, this fiction à la mode. Laura Ellen Anderson’s delectable illustrations make it even more gorgeous. For more stylish reading for this age group see Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet stories and the Royal Babysitter series by Clementine Beauvais, both illustrated by Becka Moor. ~ Andrea Reece
March 2015 Debut of the Month Witch Wars is the first in a charming new series: with the help of a fairy called Fran, nine year old Tiga Whicabim discovers there’s a world of witches, down below the sink pipes. Even more surprising is the news that Tiga is a witch herself (the clue is in her name for those good at anagrams), and lined up to take part in the nine-yearly Witch Wars to find the next Top Witch who will rule over all Sinkville. With crazy situations, a cast of irresistible characters, jokes, wordplay and just the right amount of dress and shopping detail this is an original and hugely enjoyable read. Laura Ellen Anderson’s illustrations match the text perfectly for flair and panache. ~ Andrea Reece
November 2018 Book of the Month | Fizzing with style, energy and charm here’s a new adventure for little witches Tiga and Fluffanora and it proves to be their most testing yet! Idabelle Bat has invited them to join The Points, here super-cool and exclusive gang – but why? The one thing they know about Idabelle is that she is NOT to be trusted … As ever the story zips along as though on fairy wings, sprinkled with fashion and fun, and these gorgeous little books are hard to beat for style and substance. Readers who like Tiga and Fluffanora will also enjoy the Amelia Fang stories by illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, and Sibeal Pounder’s Bad Mermaids series.
A welcome return to Ritzy City, where Tiga Whicabim is now very happily settled in and enjoying her new life as a witch. She’s on holiday with her friend Fluffanora when a letter arrives from Fran the fairy with bad news: Peggy the Top Witch has gone missing and evil Felicity Bat is now in charge. Something’s obviously up, and Tiga and Fluffanora immediately set off to investigate. Witches are always popular subjects and this new series has its very own magic. Tiga, her friends and rivals are real characters, and the story zips along exuberantly. These witches are super-stylish too, and look wonderful in Laura Ellen Anderson’s illustrations. Absolutely fabulous! ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: absolutely fabulous mix of magical fun and fashion Hold on to your hats, it’s Witchoween in Sinksville, when everyone gets out their best party frocks and parties! As part of the celebrations Tiga has been asked to make a documentary about Sinksville’s most famous witches. Her friend Fluffanora has appointed herself Head of Wardrobe, but Tiga can’t help wondering why Peggy is so insistent that she and Fran are the directors … Sibeal Pounder’s stories fizz with fun and energy, and her characters grow more appealing with each book. Liberally sprinkled with Laura Ellen Anderson’s stylish black and white illustrations the books look gorgeous too and this one is filled with suggestions for ways readers can stage some Sinksville celebrations of their own. ~ Andrea Reece One for fans of The Worst Witch, Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet stories and the Royal Babysitters series by Clementine Beauvais.
This is the fourth book about young witch Tiga Whicabim and she gains more fans with each new episode. Reunited with her long-lost mum Gretal Green, Tiga is settled in Silver City and set to live happily ever after. But Tiga always ends up at the centre of an incredible and wild adventure, and this time is no different – she needs to rescue her friend Fran from, of all things, a jelly castle. Wildly inventive and told at breakneck speed, the Witch Wars stories crackle with energy and it’s impossible to resist the appeal of Tiga, her friends and the assorted inhabitants of Sinkville. Stylish design and layout and Laura Ellen Anderson’s gorgeous illustrations make this as fun to look at as it is to read. One for fans of The Worst Witch, Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet stories and the Royal Babysitters series by Clementine Beauvais. ~ Andrea Reece
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