Dark Spell

Gill Arbuthnott

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£6.99
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Quick Look

  • 15-year-old Callie has just found out she's a witch; nothing will ever be the same.
  • Can Callie control her power and the darkness that threatens to take over her life and save Josh?
  • A brilliant, engrossing fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keeper's Daughter.

15-year-old Callie Hall has found out she's a witch. Can she control her power long enough to turn back the darkness, and rescue her relationship with Josh?

Format:
paperback
Size:
198 x 130 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Kelpies
Age Range:
From 11 to 14 years
Extent:
224 pages
ISBN:
9780863159565
Publication date:
25 Apr 2013
Series:
Kelpies

Description

Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015

15-year-old Callie Hall has just found out she's a witch, and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she can't control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she's angry people can get hurt.

Her friend Josh understands she's a bit weird, but it's only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels under the ruins of St Andrews' Castle that he realises just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie -- in Callie -- something she can't escape.

Can Callie control her power long enough to send back the darkness, before it takes over her life? And will Josh ever understand her secret?

A brilliant, engrossing teen fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keeper's Daughter.

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)

Author

Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn't stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she's not writing, she works as a biology teacher. She has written several novels for younger children: The Chaos Clock, The Chaos Quest and Winterbringers (all Floris Books), as well as books with Barrington Stoke and The Keeper's Daughter, published by Chicken House.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://gillarbuthnott.wordpress.com

Media

Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.

Links

Also available as an eBook:
Dark Spell(eBook edition)

Also by Gill Arbuthnott:
Chaos Clock
Chaos Quest
Winterbringers, featuring Josh and Callie when they were younger

You may also enjoy more darky magical books:
The Daemon Parallel

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