Spelling Trouble (Witch-in-Training, Book 2)

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9780007133420: Spelling Trouble (Witch-in-Training, Book 2)

The second book in this sparkling, magical new series about Jessica, the ten-year-old witch-in-training. Writing that fizzes...that will enchant every 7 – 9 year old, especially girls.

In Witch-in-Training: Flying Lessons ten-year-old Jessica learns the art of flying on a broomstick, using all the twigs to max effect, especially the Eject twig for getting rid of unwanted goblins. In this second title, Jessica learns Spelling and Charming under the watchful eye of Miss Strega. Jess soon learns to interpret the spellings; Grate Polish for Gnats' Spittle, Bath Plugs spell Bats' Legs and, of course, Ten-amp Plugs spell Teenage Slugs! But putting together all the ingredients to make a spell, or charm a frog are another matter and Jess makes more than a few mistakes in this second phase of her training. More fizzing fun with Jessica, Miss Strega and that lovey of the witch-world Hecate Darling...not to mention a few cats, night-in-gales and other familiars.

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Maeve Friel is a published author in Ireland of 3 titles for older readers, published by Poolbeg. She has been shortlisted for the Bisto Awards twice and has won an RAI Award [equivalent of English UKRA] In 1990 she won the Hennessy Cognac/Sunday Tribune Literary Award for an emerging writer. Reviewers in Ireland have liken her style to that of Anne Fine’s. Maeve was brought up in Northern Ireland and went to university in Dublin. She and her husband now divide their time between West Donegal, Ireland and a tiny village in Andalucia, Spain. They have two grown-up children, both working in the field of the creative arts.

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Jessica receives a most unusual 10th birthday present--she learns that she's a witch. However, she has a lot to learn, including the correct way to ride a broom. Friel takes a classic tale and modernizes it, using terms like "eject" and "fast forward " to apply to flying a broom. Phyllida Nash is delightful as she mixes old and modern terms with clarity and humor. When Jessica and Miss Stregna, her teacher, encounter a phoenix rising, Miss Stregna proclaims him an "odd old bird." Each of the four stories, sparkling with details that humanize witches and goblins, is enlivened by Nash's spirited delivery. Young listeners will enjoy meeting a good witch who also happens to be a young girl. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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