As my book reviews are now published in the magazine, I can post them here too.
‘Beswitched’ by Kate Saunders is for the 9-12 audience, primarily girls as the main protagonists are female. Kate Saunders is one to watch. This book provides wit, whimsy and a wizard good time…in both senses of the word. Oh and the illustration on the front cover reminds me of The Worst Witch, I just love it:
Flora has a problem – she’s being sent to St Winifred’s boarding school by extremely inconsiderate parents. While Flora reluctantly gets ready for dorm rooms and rubbish food, there’s one thing she hadn’t reckoned on: after falling asleep on the train journey to her school she wakes to find herself in 1935. Flora must come to terms with an unfamiliar time; no history lesson prepared her for this, but having ‘wizard’ friends is a good start.
Beswitched has the same magical quality as Jill Murphy’s Worst Witch series, and is set to be a success. An exciting, whimsical tale, there’s a sadness, too, knowing the Second World War is just round the corner. ISBN: 9781407108971