Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic

Elizabeth Ezra

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  • Pre-teen witch Ruby McCracken is forced to move to the ordinary world and give up spells, Hex factor and her broomstick: Tragic!
  • Packed with humour, magic and ridiculous moments
  • Perfect for fans of Witch Wars and children who loved The Worst Witch

Ruby McCracken is forced to move to the Ordinary World and leave her magic behind. Can Ruby regain her powers in this humorous and sparkling debut?

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
176 pages
Publication date:
19 Oct 2017


Ruby McCracken's life is OVER. Her parents have forced her to move to the Ordinary World and that means -- new home, new school and worst of all, no magic! Seriously?! A witch without magic? That's LITERALLY tragic.

Ruby has to leave behind her broomstick (and walk everywhere -- YUCK!) and her friends (no more watching Hex Factor together on a Saturday night). She's absolutely STARVING with no snack spell, and there's no way to get revenge on the mean girls at her boring new school without a good curse.

Despite her best witching efforts, the Ordinary World remains tragically magic-deprived, until Ruby receives a mysterious hext that seems to offer an answer. That is, if she can figure out what it means and, more importantly, who sent it.

Packed with great humour, loveable characters and witty banter, Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic is perfect for fans of Witchworld and The Worst Witch.


'Ruby McCracken: Tragic without Magic is packed with humour, magic, disgusting food concoctions and hilarious anecdotes that will be perfect for fans of the Worst Witch and You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School.'
-- Armadillo

'The challenges of being a normal human plunged into magic training have been well worked in the Worst Witch series. But perhaps not thoroughly enough explored is what it means to be a witch thrust into a banal ordinary world in which she’s not even allowed to cast spells. Enter the entertaining Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic, by Elizabeth Ezra (Floris, £6.99)'
-- The Herald

‘Ruby is an endearing, witty heroine whose frustrations... will resonate with young readers as much as her language does, and Ezra's sense of fun abounds in witchy details... A great fit for readers looking to move on from the Worst Witch or Wrigglesbottom Primary to something slightly spooky but not too scary.'
-- West Coast Review


Elizabeth Ezra was born in California, has lived in New York and Paris, and now lives with her family in Edinburgh. She teaches at the University of Stirling and writes children's books in her spare time. In 2016 she won the Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children.

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