Diary of an Accidental Witch

Author: Honor and Perdita Cargill

, Illustrator: Katie Saunders


ISBN: 9781788953382 Categories: ,

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2 2021

BINDING: Paperback

EXTENT: 256 pages

DIMENSIONS: 129 x 198 mm

ILLUSTRATIONS: Illustrations, black and white

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Monday 20th September
I’M AT WITCH SCHOOL! Now would be a really good time to discover I can do magic…

Bea Black has just moved to Little Spellshire, a town with a magical secret. When her dad accidentally enrols her at the local witch school, she has to get to grips with some interesting new classes, like, NOW! Also on her to do list? Make friends, look after the grumpy class frog AND do everything humanly magically possible to stay on a broom…

But with the Halloween Ball on the horizon, will she be able to master her wand skills in time to WOW? And more importantly can she keep her newfound magical abilities a secret from dad?

A perfect potion of magic and mischief, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WITCH is THE WORST WITCH meets TOM GATES.

2 reviews for Diary of an Accidental Witch

  1. Schizanthus Nerd

    “It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you end up that counts”

    Eleven year old Bea Black has just moved to Little Spellshire, UK (AKA, the middle of nowhere) with her father, a weather scientist. She’s supposed to be attending Spellshire Academy with Ashkan (Ash), her new next door neighbour and only friend, but Bea’s father accidentally enrolled her in Spellshire’s other school.

    The Spellshire School for Extraordinary Arts is a school like no other, where physics involves levitation, English is “Incantations and the Language of Spells” and sport involves broomsticks.

    “HARD WORK AND FOCUS and you’ll be flying in no time! Flying – hahaha! But remember: don’t tell a soul. Those of us who know, know and those of them who don’t, can’t.”

    Bea, who is Ordinary, spends most of her breaks hiding in the broom cupboard with Stan the frog. She can’t wait for her father to finally arrange her transfer to the school she’s supposed to be attending. Until then, try as she might, Bea fails “TRAGICALLY at all things witchy”.

    I really enjoyed this book and am trying to figure out how I can enrol myself in this school. Beside the whole witch thing and the opportunity to perfect spells, I’m always in favour of having legitimate excuses to wear a cape.

    Be on the lookout for bats on a sugar high and spiders who can weave pictures. I definitely need to master the “hair-colour-changing trick spell”.

    Best homework assignment ever:

    “Make a model of a medieval witch castle including potion laboratory, high walls for protection from Ordinaries, magical moat, Great Banqueting Hall and broomstick landing pad.”

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Little Tiger Group, an imprint of Stripes Publishing, for the opportunity to read this book. I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

  2. Kristen Hopwood

    Diary of an Accidental Witch is written as a series of diary entries from Bea Black who has just moved to Little Spellshire with her dad and is just about to start secondary school. She meets a boy called Ash who lives next door and will also be starting in Year 7. He promises to show her around and she starts to think that maybe things will be ok. The weekend before she starts school, she finds out that her dad has made a mistake and instead of registering her at the Academy (where Ash is going), he has accidentally registered her at the School of Extraordinary Arts. And it has a weird uniform. Bea is desperate for her dad to register her at the other school, but until he can, she has to make the best of being at the School of Extraordinary Arts and try her hardest to fit in. The lessons are not quite as straight forward as they appear though and matters are made even more complicated when she is handed her very own magic wand.

    This book is incredibly funny and I loved the idea of the whole thing being diary entries. Some of the text is larger or in fancy handwriting and there are pictures accompanying some of the diary entries, just as a young girl’s diary would be. There are sometimes little notes at the bottom of the diary entries or amendments and crossing out, making it seem very realistic. The illustrations by Katie Saunders are just perfect for a diary and bring it alive. I thought the book tackled the worries children have about going to secondary school very well: Bea experienced lots of the same anxieties about fitting in and meeting new people, even if it was at a school of magic! Children from Year 3 upwards will love this book, particularly those that enjoy The Worst Witch, Amelia Fang, The Boy Who Grew Dragons and similar. A wonderfully imaginative magical adventure!
    Thank you to NetGalley and Little Tiger for the advanced electronic version of this book.

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Meet the author

Honor and Perdita Cargill

Honor and Perdita Cargill are a daughter/mother writing partnership and the authors of WAITING FOR CALLBACK and DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WITCH. Originally from the Scottish Highlands, Perdita spent many…

Meet the illustrator

Katie Saunders

Katie Saunders knew she wanted to be an illustrator when she had a picture published in Twinkie Magazine at the age of five. Katie worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time illustrator. She enjo…