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A Pinch of Magic

Narrated by: Nicky Diss
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the best-selling Thirteen Treasures trilogy.

©2019 Michelle Harrison (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"A spellbinding story, steeped in magic. I adored it." (Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song)

"Brilliant." (Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse)

"This delightful tale fizzes with magic and races along at a fantastic pace. This book completely charmed my socks off!" (Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club)

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The performance is terrible, like a deeply irritating yoga instructor, and the story is so surface. I had to give up in the end as it was annoying me too much.

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A grasping story of magic!

A brilliantly read magical story that had me captured by the end of the first chapter...

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Sisters coming to terms with their heritage...

An exhilarating period piece of magic.

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With a fast-moving story, this novel about three young sisters living under a curse had me keen to continue listening. Trying to escape their drab medieval town existence, Betty and her sisters discover that their grandmother has been hiding the truth about a family curse from them.

This curse is set to ruin all their lives if they don't do something about it, and Betty is not the sort who will give in without a fight.

The story takes the three on an exciting ride that tests their sisterly bond and their mettle, as they use three magical artefacts to help them break the curse. Will a potential ally really be their friend? Can they use their wits to overcome their family heritage before it is too late?

Each sister is given her own personality, qualities and failings, and their Middle Age world is rendered dirty and real enough.

The book took us to places I wasn't expecting, but it all came together nicely. I would hope male readers also take to the Widdershins sisters and their story.

The audio version is read with an authentically teenage-sounding voice for Betty, and was not a problem to follow as an audiobook.

For ages 10-14.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Susie D
  • 07-06-19

A Pinch of Brilliance

I'm very hit-or-miss with middle grade books, and I can never tell which way I'm going to go. I loved this one, and I think it's partially because it's older middle grade, almost reaching into YA. But it's also because the characters are interesting, the story is well told, and it's effortlessly feminist. The narrator does a great job as well.