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Little Witch

Secrets & Spells

Authors: Aleesah Darlison
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)
01/Mar/2017
Magic, Spells, witchcraft
176
Paperback
205mm x 135mm
9781925520101
$14.99

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“Secrets and Spells contains a wonderful concoction of magical delight; a pinch of mystery, a splash of humour and a dash of young romance, entrancing its audience from start to finish.I’m looking forward to discovering how Courtney’s self image and identity further develop, and how she unleashes her evolving power in the next instalment of Little Witch.” – Romi Sharp, ReadingTime

Secrets & Spells is the first instalment in the sparkling, magical Little Witch series from popular children’s author, Aleesah Darlison.

The tiny beach town of Mixton Bay wasn’t Courtney’s idea of a holiday. In fact, she thought it was the sleepiest, most boring holiday place ever! Little did she know that family secrets, magic and mystery, and the memory of her grandma Delia would result in a special holiday to remember.

Twelve-year old Courtney never met her grandmother but it seems like Delia wants to make her presence felt. Courtney’s Dad isn’t saying why he left Mixton Bay years ago, and the strange things that are happening in her grandmother’s old house, well, they’re just adding to the mystery! When Courtney finds a mystical ‘Book of Spells’ with her name on the box, you could say that Courtney’s boring holiday starts to get a whole lot more interesting.

Add in to the mix Ink the talking cat, and her new friend, Justice, a surfer boy with a secret of his own, and this new little witch is just getting started with hilarious consequences.

Will Courtney discover what lies behind all the secrets and bring her family closer together or will she explode trying?

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Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning Australian author. She has written over thirty picture books and novels for boys and girls of all ages. Her much-loved stories promote the concepts of sustainability, environmental awareness, courage, understanding, anti-bullying, love, self-belief, friendship and teamwork. Aleesah’s book Our Class Tiger was joint winner of the 2015 Environment Award […]

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9 reviews for Little Witch

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This new mid to upper primary chapter book series delightfully enchants its readers with a light-hearted storyline of a young girl discovering her true identity as a witch. In this first instalment by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, twelve-year-old Courtney and her renovating-obsessed parents uncover old truths and hidden secrets in the house of her late grandmother, Delia. Many pre-teens will relish the notion of fortuitously stumbling across a magical world of witchcraft they never thought possible. For Courtney, her journey is somewhat complicated as she grapples with feelings of isolation, self consciousness and new discoveries without the support of her parents, particularly her secretive father who masks his pain from the past. But upon unearthing a dusty spell book in her grandmother’s attic, we see Courtney challenging her own fears and insecurities. Despite having never met her, Courtney finds a powerfully spiritual connection with Delia, through (somewhat haphazard) experimentation with the book, and via her wise and loyal talking cat, Ink. We watch as Courtney transitions from an inquisitive girl to a more mature, emerging witchling. Darlison neatly evolves the protagonist’s strength and growth as she develops relationships with a surfer boy, Justice, and with her Dad by empowering him to understand and to forgive. Independent readers aged 8 – 12 will instantly feel a part of the sensational discoveries of potions, secrets and blossoming friendships. The aspect of complex family relationships are presented through realistic and age-appropriate scenarios, never too heavy, providing opportunities to discuss the importance of family unity. Secrets and Spells contains a wonderful concoction of magical delight; a pinch of mystery, a splash of humour and a dash of young romance, entrancing its audience from start to finish. I’m looking forward to discovering how Courtney’s self image and identity further develop, and how she unleashes her evolving power in the next instalment of 1344. Reviewed by Romi Sharp

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    . Independent readers aged 8 – 12 will instantly feel a part of the sensational discoveries of potions, secrets and blossoming friendships. The aspect of complex family relationships are presented through realistic and age-appropriate scenarios, never too heavy, providing opportunities to discuss the importance of family unity. Secrets and Spells contains a wonderful concoction of magical delight; a pinch of mystery, a splash of humour and a dash of young romance, entrancing its audience from start to finish. I’m looking forward to discovering how Courtney’s self image and identity further develop, and how she unleashes her evolving power in the next instalment of 1344. Reviewed by Romi Sharp

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The 1344 series, with its themes of magic, friendship and adventure is sure to appeal to the tween crowd, and independent readers aged 8 to 11 will likely make short work of this easy-to-read, 144-page novel. Hopefully Aleesah Darlison will magic up a few more installments in this fun new series.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This new mid to upper primary chapter book series delightfully enchants its readers with a light-hearted storyline of a young girl discovering her true identity as a witch. In this first instalment by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, twelve-year-old Courtney and her renovating-obsessed parents uncover old truths and hidden secrets in the house of her late grandmother, Delia. Many pre-teens will relish the notion of fortuitously stumbling across a magical world of witchcraft they never thought possible. For Courtney, her journey is somewhat complicated as she grapples with feelings of isolation, self consciousness and new discoveries without the support of her parents, particularly her secretive father who masks his pain from the past. But upon unearthing a dusty spell book in her grandmother’s attic, we see Courtney challenging her own fears and insecurities. Despite having never met her, Courtney finds a powerfully spiritual connection with Delia, through (somewhat haphazard) experimentation with the book, and via her wise and loyal talking cat, Ink. We watch as Courtney transitions from an inquisitive girl to a more mature, emerging witchling. Darlison neatly evolves the protagonist’s strength and growth as she develops relationships with a surfer boy, Justice, and with her Dad by empowering him to understand and to forgive. Independent readers aged 8 – 12 years will instantly feel a part of the sensational discoveries of potions, secrets and blossoming friendships. The aspect of complex family relationships is presented through realistic and age-appropriate scenarios, never too heavy, providing opportunities to discuss the importance of family unity. Secrets and Spells contains a wonderful concoction of magical delight; a pinch of mystery, a splash of humour and a dash of young romance, entrancing its audience from start to finish. I’m looking forward to discovering how Courtney’s self image and identity further develop, and how she unleashes her evolving power in the next instalment of 1344.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Little Witch series by Australian author Aleesah Darlison is an awesome junior fiction series girls will adore. Filled with mystery, adventure and spells, these are fast-paced reads that are highly addictive.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Courtney is a fabulous role model for young girls and very relatable. She’s independent, strong willed and she likes to do things her own way.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    A fun, yet daring chapter book, with an intriguing storyline in a fast-paced tale. From the onset, young independent readers will become invested in the story, as the main character, Courtney, discovers secrets in the attic of the house of her late grandmother, at a sleepy coastal town. When Courtney finally sneaks some hidden time in the attic, she discovers a spell book left to her by her late grandmother, whom she has never met. And this is where the story becomes interesting.

    Aleesah Darlison has penned a well-written, fast-paced chapter book with likeable characters, including an adorable cat that knows more about everything than anyone else.
    Julieann Wallace – Review Books Tea and Cupcakes

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aleesah Darlison has penned a well-written, fast-paced chapter book with likeable characters, including an adorable cat that knows more about everything than anyone else.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Little Witch Series features wholesome magical stories with gentle elements of tween/teen romance. The stories deal with realistic family and relationship issues set against a backdrop of fantasy and magical escapism centred in the real world. Light-hearted and funny, this series feature a strong, independent and unique female lead character whom readers will relate to as she confronts familiar situations with new solutions, learning more and more about her family and herself as she does so.
    No matter what series Darlison writes she has a knack of creating totally believable characters who are great role models for young readers showing independence, imagination and ingenuity while still engrossing them in a compelling and intriguing adventure.

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