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First Prize for the Worst Witch

Written by Jill Murphy

Part of the The Worst Witch Series

Key Stage 2 Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on First Prize for the Worst Witch

This lovely new foray into the thoroughly engaging and well realised world of Mildred and her struggles to learn witchcraft is bound to win new fans for the series.

It’s over forty years since publication of Jill Murphy’s first Worst Witch story but you’d never know it from reading the books; certainly this new story is as fresh and sparky as anything around and magical reading for youngsters. Neatly observed friendships and classroom rivalries plus Mildred’s accidental mishaps are the basis of the stories, all cleverly mixed up of course with magic. Mildred’s broomstick handling improved considerably when she found little dog Star, with him perched behind her she’s much better at flying and when his real owners arrive to claim him, she is heartbroken. But, as headmistress Miss Cackle points out, Mildred has an extraordinary knack for sorting things out – can she find a way to keep Star, and frustrate arch enemy Ethel in the process? The plot zooms along as smoothly as a broomstick at top speed, realism, fantasy and humour in perfect balance.  It’s an absolute treat for young readers, spellbinding early reading.

Andrea Reece

First Prize for the Worst Witch Synopsis

I am a hopeless case - everything I do always does go wrong in the end.

Mildred Hubble may be the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she's the best friend you'll ever have. ----- Summer term has started at Miss Cackle's Academy, and somehow the disaster-prone Mildred has made it to Year Four. Even though everyone knows her as the Worst Witch in the School, she's secretly set her sights on winning the school's highest honour. Yes, Mildred wants to be Head Girl! Can she stay out of trouble and prove to everyone that even the worst witch can turn her fortunes around? Not if her arch-enemy Ethel Hallow has anything to do with it... 

Read the rest of Mildred's (mis)adventures: The Worst Witch, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day, The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star.

First Prize for the Worst Witch Press Reviews

Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch - Sunday Express

The Worst Witch is back - and it's as subtly feminist as ever - New Statesman

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141355160
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Jill Murphy
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Fantasy / Magical

About Jill Murphy

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors    Jill Murphy is one of Britain’s most treasured author–illustrators. She wrote and illustrated her first book, the bestselling The Worst Witch, while still only eighteen, and went on to create the award-winning Large family series, which has sold over five million copies worldwide and been adapted for television. Jill’s other characters include a small monster called Marlon who starred in the acclaimed picture books The Last Noo-Noo and All for One, and Ruby the bunny, who stars in Jill's latest picture book, Meltdown! Jill ...

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