Unexpected witches, a brilliant little bat, broomsticks, wands, spells and a Golden Retrieagle called Cuddles – all the ingredients of a fantastic middle grade fantasy adventure with a whole lot of heart!
Twelve-year-old Toby is a young carer, looking after his mum who struggles with M.E. He loves her so much and wants to do all he can to make life easier for her, even if it makes his own life more difficult. Toby’s greatest fear is that someone will find out they aren’t coping and he will be taken into care. When school bullies threaten his precariously balanced life, Toby knows he has to do something to stop them.
Just when life couldn’t get any more difficult, a witch crash-lands in his attic. That’s right, a witch! The Wyline Clan have been hiding away in their own city in the sky – Little Witchery – to escape the persecution witches have traditionally face on Earth. But despite their attempts to protect themselves, some witches have gone missing. They need Toby to help them – and maybe he’ll be able to help himself in the process.
This is an exciting and uplifting story full of magic and fun. Toby is incredibly caring, brave and the kind of boy anyone would want as a friend. His relationship with his mum is very special and models just how much a child will sacrifice to make sure their mum is alright. This story is sure to build empathy in its readers, helping them to understand the struggle some children go through just to get to school. They’ll be cheering for Toby every step of the way as he tries to save the witches and solve the secret of the strange building just over the road.
Thank you to Sally Doherty for this wonderful story!
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