A very funny story for younger readers aged 8–11 years. Em Lynas has produced an amusing story that certainly leads to further sequels.
Daisy Wart is an eleven-year-old who is forced to go to Toadspit Towers by her grandmother (a witch, complete with black cloak and broomstick). Daisy states firmly and with conviction that she is NOT A WITCH, that she is in fact an ACTRESS.
As the story unfolds and she tries her hardest to escape from her situation, many magical things start to occur and the statement ‘that doesn’t happen’ becomes a regular where she is concerned.
Daisy refuses to identify herself and introduces herself as the Shakespearean character Ophelia to staff and students. She deals with spiteful, power hungry, boastful girls and befriends two quiet, maltreated ones with whom she plans her great escape. The bonds of loyalty are shown to be strong and save not only the lives of the girls but eventually the school.
The language in this text is simple but the level of interest is much higher, making it an easy to read novel. The imagery is vivid and brilliantly tempered with delightful illustrations throughout.
I will certainly be watching for the next in this series to add to the ‘Young People’s’ section of my library.
Reviewed by Leanne Caune
Rating out of 10: 10
Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: November 2017