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Dark Spell

Gill Arbuthnott

£6.99

Also available as: eBook

Range: Kelpies Paperback 224 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863159565 Publication date: 25 April 2013
Genre: Ghosts and Spells Ideal for ages: 11, 12, 13 and 14

Uncontrollable power. Unbelievable darkness.

Callie Hall is a real-life witch with incredible powers she can't control. Witchcraft might seem hard, but lighting candles with her fingers and casting protective spells can't prepare her for what's coming.

In the tunnels beneath St Andrews, something is lurking: a dark and dangerous presence that threatens everything. Callie needs help, but can she trust best friend Josh with her secret? And, together, can they defeat the darkness?

Reviews

'This is a modern-day Harry Potter set near a Scottish school in St Andrews... I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'
-- Daily Record Book Club

'All told, a solid 4 stars.'
-- 2 the Point Book Reviews blog

'A coming of age story with a paranormal/witchy twist.'
-- Tome Tender Blog

'The characterisation is excellent, and I particularly like the way Callie is shown struggling to get to terms with her powers which read almost as hormonal energy...This is elegant writing... a pacey, thoughtful, scary, exhilarating read and highly recommended.'
-- The School Librarian (SLA)

'The story is well engineered, and works not only on the superficial level, but on more than one level... I am not surprised that it has won awards. I found myself enchanted by Dark Spell. I enjoyed not only the characters, but also the sense of place the author delivers of the mix of old and new in contemporary Scotland. Gill Arbuthnott conjures a stunning mix of teen angst and magic mixed with just enough danger to scoot you to the edge of your seat. Big thumbs up on this one!' -- Novelspot

Dark Spell

Author

Gill Arbuthnott is the author of numerous fiction, non-fiction and picture books for children and young adults and has been nominated for a number of major UK book awards. A former biology teacher, Gill has written many non-fiction books to engage children with science. Her…

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