Picklewitch and Jack
The dreadful strangers moved in on a wild and windy Thursday.
‘Fudgenuts,’ cursed Picklewitch, adjusting her cracked binoculars to get a better view of the comings-and-goings.
‘This won’t do at all. I bet they haven’t even bought me any cake.’
Jack Door (three times winner of Most Sensible Boy at his last school) has moved with his mum into Rookery Heights, an old house with a creepy walled garden.
Even though the place gives him the collywobbles, he’s looking forward to taking up his scholarship place at St Immaculate’s School for the Gifted. Here he hopes to finally find a ‘suitable’ friend and fit in, like an acorn fits into its cup. He cannot wait to begin.
But unbeknownst to him, Jack is being watched from the treetops by a little witch. Picklewitch, a wild and grubby girl that lives in the walnut tree in the garden, has only ever had the birds for company. She has a nose for naughtiness, a taste for trouble and a weakness for cake. And unluckily for brainbox Jack, she’s about to decide to choose him as her new best friend. . . .
The first in a brand new series, illustrated by Teemu Juhani, published by Faber and Faber. Available in bookshops and online.
Peter’s Recommended Read for September