Thursday, 1 March 2012

8+: The Witch of Turlingham Academy - Ellis Boswell

Release Date: 01/03/12


It's not easy being the only day girl at Turlingham Academy: Sophie misses out on all the midnight feasts and late night gossip. And when new girl Katy turns up it feels like she's bewitching all of Sophie's friends! Katy's no witch, but there is a witch at Turlingham. Katy comes from a long line of witch hunters whose job is to stop evil magic. Sophie is going to help her - anything to get Katy out of her life and get things back to normal. But what she discovers means nothing will ever be normal again!


When real life is hard, readers love the chance to escape into a good book, so when I read about this title coming from Atom I felt that it was worth a punt. It has a world to which the reader will be familiar (school) but with some subtle difference and as such it’s a tale that will help them deal with some of their own struggles such as maintaining friendships and focusing on the positive aspects that will help them reinforce their own sense of identity.

Its decent, it has a cracking lead character and when you add to the mix an author who like to keep things moving along at their own pace, it’s a story that will appeal to the reading age to which it pertains. Add to this some wonderful twists and development in characters emotionally and it’s a title that really did hit the spot. Magical.

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