Friday, February 21, 2020

The Witch of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell

2013, first published 2012

Witch-hunter Katy befriends witch Sophie at the Turlingham Academy.  Sophie did not know that she was a witch until she finds a birthday present and letters from her grandmother hidden in her mother’s office.   

In this story we have many of the school story tropes: midnight feasts, overzealous prefects, new students. However this is tempered by there being a girls’ school and a boys’ school on the same premises and the reference to modern day year, 7, year 9, Year 10 etc.

This differs from the Harry Potter and the Worst Witch books in that Sophie is a lone witch in an ordinary school.  

There are love interests- girls have crushes on boys and boys are fascinated by the girls.  There are  also  delicate relationships we normally see in texts for teens.    

It is 244 pages long, with blocked text and an adult font but double-spaced.  

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