By: Shivaun Plozza
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 5 Jul 2022
ISBN: 9781761043994


Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service meets Cressida Cowell in this funny, quirky middle-grade fantasy about Willa, who must unravel a witchy mystery to save her city, her friends and herself.

Willa is just an ordinary non-magical girl, living in the Wild - a city squished between two warring witch covens. She spends her days dodging wayward spells - from raining frogs to dancing chickens - all because of the witch war!

No wonder she hates witches.

But one day she's not ordinary at all. She discovers she does, indeed, have magic and she must choose between the two witch covens or she'll explode! And her attempts to control her magic are interrupted by a rogue witch, who begins nefarious spells against the Ordinary Folk. What does the witch want and what does it have to do with Willa?

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Willa lives in a village in the middle of two witch covens, and the witches are at war.

Everyone in the village has to dodge wayward spells that come their way, and Willa particularly hates witches because they accidentally turned her parents into clouds and they floated away.

When Willa is accused of being a witch and is taken to the palace she discovers that she does have magical powers, and that her magic is wild and must be controlled.

When strange spells start attacking the ordinary people in the village, everyone suspects her. Can she find the real culprit and solve the mystery?

A fun story about Willa’s journey to discover who she really is and what she wants to be, that readers who enjoy magical stories will love. Willa and her friends are wonderful characters, and the story is full of ridiculous and funny spells that you can’t help but smile at, as well as jumbled up creatures made from different animals. This is a book you will enjoy from the very first page.

A great read for those in Year 5 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle