Diary of an Accidental Witch

Diary of an Accidental Witch

By Author / Illustrator

Honor and Perdita Cargill, Katie Saunders


Magical Realism

Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group




Paperback / softback




Monday 20th September
I'M AT WITCH SCHOOL! Now would be a really good time to discover I can do magic...

Bea Black has just moved to Little Spellshire, a town with a magical secret. When her dad accidentally enrols her at the local witch school, she has to get to grips with some interesting new classes, like, NOW! Also on her to do list? Make friends, look after the grumpy class frog AND do everything humanly magically possible to stay on a broom...  But with the Halloween Ball on the horizon, will she be able to master her wand skills in time to WOW? And more importantly can she keep her newfound magical abilities a secret from dad?

A perfect potion of magic and mischief, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WITCH is THE WORST WITCH meets TOM GATES.



Diary of an Accidental Witch follows the story of Bea Black as she moves with her father to the sleepy town of Little Spellshire. At first, Bea isn't really too concerned with the fact that there are a gazillion cats or odd shops like Mr Riggle's Emporium with the sign outside advertising fresh cuckoo spit; all Bea really concentrates on is exploring and recording her thoughts in the new diary her father has gifted to her. Her new friend, next door neighbour Ashkan, shows her around her ultra modern new school, Spellshire Academy.

Unfortunately, however, Bea's dad makes a mistake, enrolling her in the School of Extraordinary Arts! The story follows Bea's plight to fit in somewhere she was never designed to be, where she finds support in the oddest of places and learns that sometimes what you were certain you knew was so far from the truth they aren't recognisable. Including the things you were certain you knew about yourself.

This book has already become one of my favourites and I know that it will never sit on the shelves in school. It is funny, full of heart and the characters are so real that they leap off the page. The story is evocative of the Worst Witch but Bea stands alone and has her own voice. I would recommend for 7-10 year olds but it can easily be enjoyed beyond.

224 pages / Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield Niemi, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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