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Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch

Authored by Derek Keilty
Illustrated by Magda Brol
Published by Scallywag Press

Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch is a pacy and magical adventure which follows little witch Ivy and her friend Tom as they set out to rescue Ivy’s parents from the wicked Storm Witch.

Ivy Newt is a young witch who lives in the land of Miracula with her ‘familiar’ Tom. Tom is part human and part wolf and can change whenever he wants. On the evening of Ivy’s birthday there is a terrible storm and none of her friends are able to attend her birthday party. When her father creates a magic surprise for her birthday something goes wrong and her parents disappear. With the help of local witches and new friend Felix, Ivy and Tom set off on a quest to find and rescue her parents. Their adventure is exciting and eventful. They discover the wicked plans of the Storm Witch and, even though they are young magicians, the friends foil her cunning plans!

Derek Keilty’s story is well suited to newly independent readers and would also be a great novel to read aloud to children. The adventure unfolds quickly and exciting events take place in their quest. There are themes of trust, companionship and growing confidence flowing through the story. Magda Brol complements the text with detailed and amusing illustrations. She provides a clear map of the land and portraits of every character. Children will enjoy studying the illustrations and they certainly help to create atmosphere within the story. This is the first book in a planned series which promises to be fun, exciting and humorous. The story can be read independently or in groups. There are opportunities for discussion about the story and also suggestions as to how they would solve problems with their friends, what magic could they use?