The Worst Witch to the Rescue

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Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, returns in a new escapade for young magic lovers.

Lovable but accident-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. She always tries her best, but her spells never seem to go right. In her latest adventure, Mildred is set up for disaster by her arch-nemesis, Ethel Hallow. Ethel steals Mildred’s summer project and her enchanted tortoise, Einstein, and ...

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Overview

Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, returns in a new escapade for young magic lovers.

Lovable but accident-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. She always tries her best, but her spells never seem to go right. In her latest adventure, Mildred is set up for disaster by her arch-nemesis, Ethel Hallow. Ethel steals Mildred’s summer project and her enchanted tortoise, Einstein, and Mildred must brave a broomstick flight through a violent thunderstorm to rescue him. But will she ever get back into Miss Hardbroom’s good graces? Since 1974, millions of readers have enjoyed Mildred’s exploits, and now she’s back to cast her spell on a new generation of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it like to write a wonderful new spell, only to have it stolen by a classmate? Mildred Hubble is flying to Miss Cackle’s Academy when she runs into Enid, the teacher’s pet. When Mildred drops her books, Enid steals a notebook that contains a spell that Mildred has been working on all summer. This spell allows animals to talk for a limited time. Soon Mildred arrives at school to discover that her project has vanished. To make matters worse, Enid passes off the spell as her own work and everyone believes her. Can Mildred regain authorship of the spell, or has she lost all claim to it? The “Worst Witch” series brings the magical world of witches to the page, complete with broomsticks, spells, and vanishing notebooks in a way that young readers have loved for many years. Children will enjoy this latest installment in a popular book series. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 10.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 3–5—The sixth installment of the "Worst Witch" series has student witch Ethel Hallow unusually anxious. Instead of the usual spell practice, the school assignment over break from strict Miss Hardbroom was to simply come back with something "unusual and interesting." Ethel has found herself in the hard spot of trying to invent something on the way back to school, when she runs into Mildred Hubble. Mildred was in a tree rescuing her cat Tabs. When Ethel asks Mildred how she did on her holiday project, she is surprised to find that Mildred has discovered something exciting. Ethel is not used to being the one in the shadows, and in fact their roles seem to be reversed. True to her personality, Ethel finds a way to leave Mildred in the dust and take on her project as her own. Before the end of the story, Ethel does get her comeuppance and Mildred is allowed to shine. Heavily illustrated, with plenty of white space, these books do appear to be for younger children, but the vocabulary is high and contains Britishisms, which may need some explanation. Quite a nice facelift to a fantasy series for those not quite ready for Harry Potter.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
How can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch?For the first time in many years, American readers can read more adventures of Mildred Hubble, the lovable, accident-prone young witch. Returning for her second term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, Mildred is uncharacteristically optimistic about a fresh start. Her big idea for creating a spell that makes animals talk (at least for a little while) is unique, creative and impressive. Her notes are in order, and she is excited to present her project to the demanding Miss Hardbloom. But innocent Mildred shares her idea with her enemy, the slippery and conniving Ethel Hallow, and things go bad quickly. Her optimism disappears with her notes when evil Ethel presents Mildred's idea as her own. Readers will cheer for the bighearted Mildred when she takes huge risks to save Einstein, her tortoise friend, and he in turn saves her. An old-fashioned tone combines with Briticisms and sophisticated vocabulary to make this a fine step up from early chapter books. Distinctively detailed black-and-white illustrations grace each spread, adding humor and information to the narrative. Mildred's innocent expressions juxtaposed with Miss Hardbloom's harsh eyebrows will keep young readers engaged and amused.Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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How can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch? ... Readers will cheer for the bighearted Mildred when she takes huge risks to save Einstein, her tortoise friend, and he in turn saves her. An old-fashioned tone combines with Briticisms and sophisticated vocabulary to make this a fine step up from early chapter books. Distinctively detailed black-and-white illustrations grace each spread, adding humor and information to the narrative. ... Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises.
—Kirkus Reviews

Featuring a lively, likable protagonist, humorous touches, and intricate black-and-white illustrations, this sixth Worst Witch title is another entertaining read in the enjoyable series.
—Booklist Online

Heavily illustrated, with plenty of white space... Quite a nice facelift to a fantasy series for those not quite ready for Harry Potter.
—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763669997
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: Worst Witch Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 497,038
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Murphy began drawing and writing stories at a very early age and was already putting books together (albeit with a stapler) by the time she was six. She was only eighteen when she wrote The Worst Witch. Since then, her books about Mildred Hubble have become much-loved classics, with more than five million copies in print worldwide. Jill Murphy has also written and illustrated several award-winning picture books for younger children. She lives in Cornwall, England.

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  • Posted December 2, 2014

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    Get ready for a magical adventure! This great book by Jill Mur

    Get ready for a magical adventure!

    This great book by Jill Murphy features Mildred Hubble (who is attempting to change her bad reputation), her two best friends, Ethel, and a tortoise. Mildred is returning once more to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but this time she has prepared a project that will be sure to impress everyone. However, Ethel is involved, meaning things can’t go as planned. As soon as the classes begin Ethel is destroying Mildred’s perfect start to the school term. In the end Mildred winds up saving a tortoise, who is stuck inside a pine tree, in the middle of a rainy night.

    I really enjoyed the creative illustrations and the trouble that Mildred gets in. I like how in this story Ethel is the one coming unprepared. Meanwhile, Mildred says that her holiday project is, “the best idea I’ve ever had in my whole life!”

    As soon as I picked up this comical, action packed book I couldn’t put it down! The “magical mayhem” inside fits perfectly for anyone 7 or older. Even if you haven’t read the previous books in the series you will definitely love the adventure. Overall, I have no doubt that this is a 5 star book by Jill Murphy!

    Review by Young Mensan Megan M., age 12, Dallas

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