What they had to say about the books

“A thoughtful and entertaining story about human gullibility and pigheadedness, the fact that magic and science each contain a little of the other, and the way two people can be right and wrong at the same time” –  Guardian

“A refreshing variation on the witches and wizards that now crowd children’s fiction” – Sunday Times

“A delightfully witchy story that has its feet fully planted in reality…some very clever plot twists” – Booklist, American Library Association

“A delightful comedy from Emma Barnes?a serious story cleverly wrapped in a funny one” Glasgow Herald

“An engaging debut” – Shelf Life, Scottish Book Trust

“Deliciously ridiculous, delightfully incredible and celebrates eccentricities big-time?this very assured and entertaining book ends on a happy high” – Irish Times

“This is about much more than witchcraft: the fears of a child about her parents’ divorce, a girl’s scientific ambitions, and the curious chemistry of friendships” – Independent

“A well-observed, entertaining take on family tensions” – Independent Magazine

“Roald Dahl meets Jacqueline Wilson” – Financial Times

“Emma Barnes tells a lively, spellbinding story” – Daily Mail

“The themes of parental problems and the plight of the children caught in the crossfire have rarely been treated with such a humorous, yet sympathetic, touch” – Waterstones Books Quarterly

“readers who enjoyed the witty, fast-moving story of the sparky Jessica Haggerthwaite as Witch Dispatcher will be delighted with the sequel…perfect for the seven to ten year olds” – Financial Times

“kids will love the high-spirited antics of the bubbly Jessica and her crazy magical mum” – Waterstones Books Quarterly

“Emma Barnes creates a wonderful cast of characters in an eminently readable, fast-paced and funny story” – Financial Times

“terrific entertainment” – The Scottish Herald

“perfect for 10s and over – a terrific comic adventure with many a hair-raising episode” – Times Educational Supplement

“A real cracker of a book” – Armadillo

“Funny, clever and satisfying…thoroughly recommended”  – Books for Keeps – Book of the Week

“This delightful story is an ideal mix of love and loyalty, stirred together with a little magic and fantasy” – Carousel

“A delightful book” – The Bookbag

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