The Little Broomstick (Hodder modern classic)

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9780340796580: The Little Broomstick (Hodder modern classic)
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It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where:

'All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.'

Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation - deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured.

Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechook, and her colleague, Doctor Dee, have seen her. Mary manages to flee . . . but the evil pair are in hot pursuit!

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What enchantment . . . The author has used all her considerable gifts as a storyteller to spin this charming magical tale. (JUNIOR BOOKSHELF)

Exciting and continually funny (BBC)

'Enriched by superb descriptions and enlivened with a genuine touch of terror.'


'A well-plotted and exciting fantasy thriller.'


'... A first-class witch thriller...unbeatable.'


'Mary Stewart has obviously enjoyed adapting (not lowering) her thriller technique to junior fantasy and reveals and engaging wit in the process.'


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A magical story from a top writer. When Mary is exiled to Great-Aunt Charlotte's house, she begins an astonishing adventure. The little broomstick, abandoned in the garden, takes her to an enchanted, but evil school...

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