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Michelle Harrison Michelle Harrison

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A Pinch of Magic

Middle Grade

Shortlisted for THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2020

Shortlisted for THE SEFTON SUPER READS 2020

On the isle of Crowstone, set upon eerie marshes with a prison as its closest neighbour, the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie, set out to break a deadly curse which has haunted their family for generations.

But the curse isn’t the only unusual thing about the Widdershins. Each of them possesses a magical object that’s been passed down the family. A scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls and a gilt-framed mirror . . . none of them is what they seem.

Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will the sisters have better luck with the mysterious prisoner who claims he can help them – for a price?


Signed, personalised copies all of my titles are available to order from my local independent book shop, Chicken & Frog in Brentwood. Simply contact the store and I’ll go along to sign and dedicate your copy to you or a person of your choice.




Reading group notes

Widdershins gingerbread recipe

Teaching ideas

A3 poster


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Reviews of A Pinch of Magic

This is wonderful, edge-of-your-seat excitement . . . A pinch of magic indeed.

Daily Mail

What a glorious book this is! I was utterly captivated by the Widdershins sisters.

Lisa Thompson (author of THE GOLDFISH BOY)

A mesmerising magical quest with freedom and sisterly love at its heart.

The Bookseller

A delight of a story with family at its heart, magic covering its pages and important messages laced through its chapters.

The Bookbag

Sumptuously magical . . . prepare to fall under the spell of the story everyone will be wanting to read in 2019.

The Reader Teacher

A total masterclass in middle-grade fantasy adventure. BRILLIANT.

Emma Carroll (author of LETTERS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE)

It will sweep you away on a magical, mischievous and at times terrifying journey. Wonderful.

Cerrie Burnell (author of THE GIRL WITH SHARK’S TEETH)

A spellbinding story, steeped in magic. I adored it.

Abi Elphinstone (author of SKY SONG)

Take three sisters, add the cruelest of curses and a pinch of magic, and you’ll have a tantalizing tale you cannot put down.


This delightful tale fizzes with magic. It completely charmed my socks off!


Gallery of all editions

A Pinch of Magic – Greek edition published by Dioptra A Pinch of Magic, US edition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) A Pinch of Magic – German edition published by Woow Books, Atrium Verlag