Brewing Up (Witch-in-Training, Book 4)

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Jessica and Miss Strega go off to source the Brewing ingredients, to the Market at the Very End of the Earth. The fourth title in this magical series.

Jessica and Miss Strega are off on an expedition to restock Miss Strega’s shop with Brewing Ingredients.They moon-vault up to the Milky Way, meeting a rather fat dragon on the way. When Jess Spells the dragon out of trouble, he tells her where she can get that elusive ingredientt Mandrake and also the name of a dentist who will supply Dragons’ Teeth and Dragon Blood. They visit the Market at the Very End of the Earth, where they choose from the Pool of Lost Socks and buy some Rompadenti biscuits. They camp out in an orange orchard and Jess learns about the Modern Witch’s Brewing Pyramid. Jess brews up a Shock Brew which makes Miss Strega and the familiars itch all night. But Miss Strega gets her own back on Jessica for the itchy brew, by giving her a Rompadenti biscuit with her name on... luckily Jess uses the Dragon’s Blood to make the writing disappear, otherwise who knows what might have happened.

The fourth title in this magical series, fizzing with fun and excitement.

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About the Author:

Maeve Friel was born in Northern Ireland and went to university in Dublin. After many years working and travelling in Spain, Italy and England, she now lives in a small village near Alicante (Spain). She has a son and a daughter. Apart from the Witch-in-Training series, she has published four novels for older readers, a book for young readers and a book of non-fiction as well as featuring in many short story anthologies. She has been short-listed three times for the Irish Children's Book of the Year (Bisto), has won a Bisto Merit Award, was twice nominated for the Reading Association of Ireland literary awards and won the Hennessy Literary Award. She has also had stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTE.

From AudioFile:

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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