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Midnight Magic: Mirror Mischief is the second adventure of mischievous, magical black cat Midnight and her human best friend Trixie and it’s out now! Aimed at readers of 5-8, reviewers have described it as ‘possibly the best bridge between picture books and chapter books that we’ve read’.


Who says that two magical cats are better than one?


When Trixie is at school one day, Midnight gets up to some mischief with the bathroom mirror and brings her reflection to life! The mirror-Midnight causes all sorts of chaos – safely on the other side of the glass. That is, until Twiggy the broomstick accidentally smashes the mirror, setting the destructive double free! 
As Trixie, Dad and Nan get tangled up in the turmoil, can they work together and send the badly behaved magical cat back to where it came from before it’s too late?


A bewitching new series from the best-selling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC, Michelle Harrison. Told in rhyming verse and illustrated in colour throughout by Elissa Elwick, this is perfect for readers of SQUISHY MCFLUFF, HUBBLE BUBBLE and GOBBOLINO.

BUY MIRROR MISCHIEF HERE

I’m giving away three copies of Mirror Mischief to my blog readers. Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. UK and Ireland only, closing date 20th October 2021. Winners will be contacted by email.

**WINNERS ARE JO CLARKE, ANDY LOGAN AND MICHELLE MCDONALD. ANY PRIZES UNCLAIMED BY 5TH NOVEMBER 2021 WILL BE ALLOCATED TO ANOTHER ENTRANT.*

A Tangle of Spells is OUT NOW! The Widdershins are back in their third adventure, and this time it’s a story of secret rooms, spells and of course, SISTERS. Betty, Fliss and Charlie are finally moving away from gloomy Crowstone to the pretty village of Pendlewick: a place of cosy tea rooms, golden meadows and postcard perfect cottages. But is the village really as perfect as it seems? When they stumble upon a hidden room in their new home the three sisters are catapulted into danger as one of them becomes dangerously bewitched.

Can the sisters use their own pinch of magic to overcome the evil spell that holds Pendlewick in its grip? Or have they met their match this time?

Wowsers – this book was a struggle to write during the lockdown! My son Jack was only at school for about eight weeks over the entire year, and my deadlines kept getting extended, and extended and I was missing them all. The book finally got finished and went to print in December, which is crazily late in the publishing world, but the fantastic team at Simon & Schuster somehow made it happen. As for the story itself, I think it’s possibly my favourite of the three and the witchiest one yet.

Sadly events are on hold right now for obvious reasons. It feels really strange not to have school events and bookshop signings lined up as I normally would, but I hope that the next few months will look brighter and that I might be able to get out and about and meet some of you. With book shops currently closed you might not be able to buy the book as you would normally, but don’t worry, there are plenty of options. Many book shops (such as Chicken and Frog, my favourite independent book shop in Brentwood) are still taking orders over the phone or online and will post books out to customers. I’m delighted to say that Tesco and Sainsbury are both stocking A Tangle of Spells, so look out for them there, too. And finally, Waterstones are stocking these gorgeous exclusive editions with green sprayed edges for those of you who like your books a little fancier, and which you can order here.

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Please do also check your local library for copies. Even if your library is closed there may be an app you can use to borrow ebooks (such as BorrowBox). Don’t be afraid to ask if it’s not there – librarians can often order books in for you.

Enjoy the adventure, everyone!

 

 

*PRE-ORDER WATERSTONES EXCLUSIVE GREEN SPRAYED EDGES EDITION*

Jumping jackdaws! I am SO excited to reveal the incredible cover for the third book in the Widdershins Adventures: A Tangle of Spells, illustrated by the phenomenal Melissa Castrillòn.

Everyone knows that magic and trouble go hand in hand…

A dangerous spell cast over an unsuspecting village.
An enchanted painting locked in a hidden room.
A desperate race against time to break the spell before it’s too late…

It should have been a fresh start for the Widdershins. Finally free from the misty gloom of Crowstone and beginning a new life. But all is not as it seems in their postcard-pretty village. Their neighbours are acting strangely, and why do they flinch at the mere mention of magic?

The Widdershins sisters have their own secret: a set of enchanted nesting dolls with the power to render their user invisible. The sisters must use their wits – and their magic – if they’re to break the dark hold over the village, and save one of their own . . . but have they met their match this time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. Out 4th February 2020.

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Meet Midnight, Trixie and Twiggy the broom in my new book for younger readers, which is out now. Midnight Magic is the first in a series for readers of 6+, with two more on the way. Written in rhyming verse and illustrated throughout by Elissa Elwick, this is the story of a little black kitten with magical powers.

When she meets fun-loving Trixie, sparks fly. Moonlit broomstick rides, fairytales coming to life and flying carpets are just the start of their adventures . . . but what will Trixie’s family make of their new pet’s taste for mischief, and will she still have a home?

Buy Midnight Magic here.

 

 

 

 

 

A Pinch of Magic was released in the US three weeks ago, so it’s now time to unveil the beautiful cover for the Widdershins’ second adventure: A Sprinkle of Sorcery. I think this is even more stunning and magical than the US cover of Pinch.
Cover art © Celine Kim.
Publishing 17 August 2021 by HMH Children’s Books.
This sequel to A Pinch of Magic is another sisterly adventure, this time with a haunted shipwreck, a fierce pirate, and, of course, a little magic…

The family curse has been lifted, and the Widdershins sisters—Betty, Fliss, and Charlie—are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at their inn accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. The stranger, named Willow, is an escaped prisoner desperate to clear her father’s name before he’s executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

When Charlie is kidnapped Betty, Fliss, and Willow pile into their trusty boat and embark on another incredible adventure, one that involves ghosts, fierce pirates, and a journey to a mythic island that exists only in legends. Can they save their sister—and themselves—once more?

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping safe in this strange new world we find ourselves in since coronavirus hit the headlines. I’m wondering when – and if – things will ever get back to normal. It doesn’t feel like it right now, does it? I’m getting a taste of what it’s like being trapped in one place, just like the Widdershins sisters. I’ve got quite a lot to put into this blog, so I’ll keep it brief.

Things to do

The following ideas may help pass some time and are either low cost or free:

Widdershins quiz – how well do you know Betty, Fliss and Charlie?

Draw a map to the secret island in A Sprinkle of Sorcery.

Listen to A Pinch of Magic on audiobook completely FREE on the World Book Day website.

• If you’re a member of a library you can also get A Pinch of Magic and A Sprinkle of Sorcery on the BorrowBox app as audiobook downloads or ebooks, completely free.

Bake some gingerbread! TIP: this dough freezes really well, so you can divide it into 3-4 balls to wrap in clingfilm and put in the freezer. Take it out the night before you want to use it and let it defrost in the fridge. This cuts down on mess and time, and keeps you in a steady supply of fresh gingerbread. WIN!

• Enter some competitions – see below!

 

News

I’m thrilled to say there’s going to be a THIRD book in the Widdershins Adventures! This is due to publish in the UK in February 2021, and here is the title. What do you think?

 

Competitions

To help keep you busy, I’ve been thinking up two exciting competitions for you while we’re on lockdown.

Competition 1: Draw a character from the Widdershins books (CLOSED)

This could be Betty, Fliss, Charlie or anyone who features in the stories. Don’t forget Granny, Colton, Sorsha, Prue, Spit, Ronia, the Winking Witch . . . or even Oi and Hoppit.

Rules

• You can use any medium, eg. pencil, pen & ink, paint, collage, digital artwork (but not photography or 3D artwork).

• You must not copy any existing artwork of the characters from on or inside the books. You may look at these for inspiration, but your entry must be your own original creation.

• You may send up to three entries for this competition, but you can only win or come runner up once.

All art work entries will be displayed in a separate blog gallery on my website along with the entrant’s name and age. They will be added in the order they arrive.

• The competition is open worldwide to anyone aged between 8 – 16. Winners will be chosen in the following age categories: 8-10, 11-13, 14-16.

• The decision of the judge (Michelle Harrison) is final, and no discussion will be entered into.

• Finally, please do not email me asking for character descriptions. That is for you to figure out, and I want to see how you imagine them! If you don’t have a copy of the book to hand, you can currently listen to the audiobook free here if you need to jog your memory.

The Prize

One winner in each category will receive this fabulous pencil case by Chase and Wonder (I have the same one) plus a signed dedicated book of their choice. Runners up will receive a signed, dedicated book of their choice.

Tips

• Most artists cannot draw things right out of their head. They have to look at an object or person in real life, or in photographs, to see how that thing really appears and bring it to life in a convincing way. For example, if you were drawing a fairy you could study the wings of butterflies, birds and insects. This is called using reference. Perhaps you have a friend or sister who would make a great Betty, a cat like Oi, or an uncle who resembles Fingerty?

• Don’t forget the background. Props such as the magical objects, or settings like the prison can make your picture even more exciting, if you want to. If you’ve chosen Charlie, perhaps Hoppit appears too.

To enter

Email your picture as a jpeg or png file to mh@michelleharrisonbooks.com along with your full name, age and address. (Your address won’t be published anywhere).

Closing date 31st May 2020, although this may be extended depending on how long the UK lockdown lasts.

 

Competition 2:  Write a short story or poem of up to 500 words on the theme of ‘family’. (CLOSED)

Your story/poem can be any genre: humour, mystery, adventure, magical . . . it’s up to you.

Rules

• Entries must be no longer than 500 words. Anything longer will not be considered.

• The competition is open worldwide to anyone aged 8-16. Winners will be chosen in three age categories: 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, and displayed on this website.

You may only enter this competition once. Additional entries will not be considered.

• Poems do not have to rhyme.

• Fan fiction (using someone else’s characters/settings) is not allowed. Entries must be your own original idea.

• Regrettably, feedback cannot be given on individual entries, so please do not ask!

• The decision of the judge (Michelle Harrison) is final, and no discussion will be entered into.

 

The Prize

One winner in each category will receive this beautiful magical forest notebook, plus a signed, dedicated book of their choice. Runners up will receive a signed, dedicated book of their choice.

 

Tips

• Think about different ways to tell a story. Will you start at the beginning? Or later on, using flashbacks to build suspense? Could your poem or story take the form of a letter or diary? Be creative! Think about how your favourite stories are told.

• Take your time. All writers have to re-do parts of their work, it’s the best way to improve. Put your work away for a few days after you finish. It’s easier to see mistakes when you’ve had a break from it. Ask someone you trust for their opinion. How do they think you could make it better?

• It can be difficult to write a story without planning it first. Brainstorm. Look at news stories, and talk to your family or friends about interesting things that have happened to them – ideas can come from anywhere.

• Get the story or poem finished, then go back and improve it. If you keep fiddling with the beginning then you’ll find it much harder to complete.

 

To enter

Email your entry to mh@michelleharrisonbooks.com with your full name, age and address. (Your address won’t be published anywhere).

Closing date 31st May 2020, although this may be extended depending on how long the UK lockdown lasts.

Good luck!

The Widdershins sisters are back in a tale of kidnap, witchery, pirates and shipwrecks! 

A Sprinkle of Sorcery, the sequel to A Pinch of Magic is out now. Officially, the publication day is Thursday, 6th February, but early copies are already trickling into bookshops. If you’re quick you may even find a signed copy in your local independent book store or Waterstones – and Waterstones are also stocking beautiful limited edition copies with orange sprayed edges. The finished books are extremely lovely – I can’t stop gazing at mine! And it looks even better next to its big sister, Pinch . . .

 

A Sprinkle of Sorcery is already receiving wonderful reviews in the national press, having appeared in the Daily Mail and The Times as its Children’s Book of the Week!

I’ll be visiting a number of Waterstones stores and literary festivals this year. To see if I’ll be at one near you, keep an eye on my events page, or sign up to my newsletter. I’ll be updating this as new events are confirmed, and I’d love to see you at one of my signings.

Jumping jackdaws! Here’s something to shiver your timbers: the magical trailer for A Sprinkle of Sorcery, created by Simon & Schuster using Melissa Castrillon’s beautiful cover artwork. The book is released on 6th of February 2020 in the UK. You can pre-order here.

Here’s the beautiful cover for my next book, A Sprinkle of Sorcery, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon. I think it’s absolutely stunning, a perfect ‘sister’ to A Pinch of Magic! I’m still working on the edits against a CRAZY schedule to bring it to you for 6th February 2020 (UK). Here’s what it’s all about:

From the bestselling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC comes another spellbinding adventure that will take your breath away and make you believe in magic.

A missing sister, a secret island and … a sprinkle of sorcery.

The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a hag stone in her pocket and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marshes, into the world of wisp catchers and on to an island that doesn’t exist on any map…

Available to pre-order now.

I’m delighted to reveal the title of my 8th book: A Sprinkle of Sorcery, which is a sequel to A Pinch of Magic. The Widdershins will be back in the Spring!

Here’s a taster:

The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the prison island of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a pocketful of hagstones and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marshes, past wisp catchers and on to a secret island that doesn’t exist on any map…

And now for the SHIPWRECK COMPETITION RESULTS

I had so much fun reading through your entries to name the shipwreck that appears in A Sprinkle of Sorcery – thank you SO much to everyone who took part.

The winning entry is THE SORCERER’S COMPASS by Tanya Lace, age 12.

As soon as this came in I just knew it was the one. And now you’ve seen the title for book two it’s clear why it’s such a perfect fit. Congratulations, Tanya! You’ll receive a signed copy of the book and a mention in the acknowledgements.

The entries were so good that I’ve decided to choose some well deserved runners-up, who’ll each receive a signed copy of the book when it’s published:

HOLLOW BONES by Annie Robins, age 14
THE SLEEPING SOULS by Zora Hosen, age 9
THE BRINY WITCH by Andrew Bird, age 41

There are also some honourable mentions for the following people who’ll receive a little something in the post:

THE MORRIGAN by Georgina Salwey, 11
THE BASHED BOOTLEGGER by Hannah Bee, 22
THE RAVENOUS RAGAMUFFIN by St. Albans High School for Girls Year 6 Book Club
THE MARDY MERMAID by Jo Davies, 43