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Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners


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Grace-Ella is thrilled when a black cat walks through her door. She's always wanted a pet. But Mr Whiskins has a secret. On the ninth day of the ninth month of her ninth year, he tells Grace-Ella that she is a witch and can start learning magic with the Witches' Council. Her parents are shocked, particularly Mam, who worries what other people will think. Grace-Ella has never been good at school - can she learn to be a good witch? As well as struggling with lessons, Grace-Ella and her best friend Fflur are bullied by star pupil Amelia. The Witches' Council forbids using magic against anyone. But how else can Grace-Ella protect her friends? Grace-Ella is a magical, funny adventure, first in a series, about friendship and being true to yourself.

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5th November '16
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
This was a really enjoyable book, i thought that Grace-Ella was a really kind girl and Mr Whiskins was just adorable! Easy enough to read is one sitting, I thought that the story was engaging and enjoyed the tale as it unfolded. I am absolutely ready for book two!! 
7th November '16
Aaronthecooldude read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
This story is about a young girl who discovers she is a witch. It's an easy to read book and Aaron found parts of it quite funny. He has really enjoyed this book and we would definitely recommend it. 
9th January '18
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
What a beautiful story! I've never read anything like it, which makes it even more spectacular. I've waited a long time for this book and was not disappointed in any way, wanting to read it possibly more than the children I was reading it to, in the beginning. Sharon-Marie Jones has done a fantastic job at addressing difficult issues that children face such as bullying, acceptance and self-doubt. This delightfully magical story is about a young girl called Grace-Ella who unsuspectingly finds out she is a witch, in the most peculiar way, "on the 9th day of the 9th month of her 9th year", A black cat, named Mr Whiskins, appears in the middle of her living room, much to her mother’s disapproval. My class warmed to this book instantly although to begin with some of the boys thought it was a 'girls' story, which I quickly dismissed as there is no such thing in my eyes. A story is a story and everyone enjoys them in their own way. Grace-Ella is flabbergasted when she discovers she is a witch and cannot quite believe someone like her, who can never do anything right, would be chosen to be so unique. She is given gifts that will accompany her and aid her in her training and quickly gets used to the idea. She is pleasantly surprised when her mom is proud of her, something that she has never witnessed before. Grace-Ella is confronted with some rules which are aimed to keep her witch abilities secret and under wraps and to begin with doesn't struggle to follow them. But her dislike of school and being teased, mimicked and made fun of by the school 'bully' Amelia, soon makes her want to break the rules of witchcraft in order to teach her a lesson. Amelia makes Grace-Ella and her best-friend Fflur's school life a misery in the mot sneaky of ways, so as not to get caught by the teachers of Saint Winifred's Girl's School. Rather than tell an adult and risk them not believing her, because of Amelia's popular status, Fflur and Grace-Ella kept quiet about the way they were treated, that is until one evening they'd had enough of how she was treating them and getting away without punishment, so Grace-Ella decided to teach her a lesson. The Halloween party was the highlight of the school events calendar and everyone looked forward to it, especially Amelia, who usually won first prize in all contests. The night had got off to a great start with only a few minor issues with magic, which then sent everyone into a frenzy but most of all it was Fflur winning First Prize in the fancy dress competition that really started Amelia off, even winning the pumpkin pie competition didn't increase her mood. So it was that night that Grace-Ella had had enough and would teach Amelia a lesson. She used magic in her presence to spook and frighten her and hope that she would stop bullying and ridiculing her and Fflur. Amelia tried to tell everyone but due to her fictitious stories anyway people disbelieved her and she was soon ignored whenever she brought up the events of the night in the library with 'The Witch' Grace-Ella, who happened to be dressed as a witch for the party. After that Amelia never bothered Grace-Ella and Fflur again and they began to enjoy school and look forward to going. Grace-Ella was invited to a witch camp to complete her tests in order to begin the intermediate level of witch training and was content in knowing that she'd been brave and faced her fears, standing up to Amelia once and for all. Throughout the story we discussed the issues that the children might face if it were them in Grace-Ella's position and the thoughts that she might be thinking during the difficult times. We discussed the advice that they'd give Grace-Ella and despite them only being 6 and 7 years old, they surprised me with their maturity discussing the bullying issue and how it made them feel. Their advice for Grace-Ella was astounding and it really sparked interesting conversations. Snack times haven't been so exciting for a long time! The children would like to share their thoughts about the book and are eagerly awaiting a sequel!

FR aged 7: I liked it because of how Grace-Ella used her magic to scare Amelia in the library.
SJ aged 6: I liked it because it was really funny. The funniest part was when Grace-Ella did a spell on Amelia and when she told everyone about it nobody believed her.
TL aged 6: I liked the part when the boy dressed up as a witch because it was really funny.
CN aged 6: I liked the bit when Mrs Nag was dancing. It was so funny.
OQ aged 7: The funniest part was when Mrs Nag started to dance because she was doing twirling and silly dances and she didn't know why.
IW aged 7: I found it really funny when Mrs Nag was dancing because I could imagine my teacher doing that and it would be so so funny.
AG aged 6: The funniest part was when the eyeball was moving up and down in the food because it made Amelia scared.
AT aged 6: It was funny when the food was flying because I liked it when it all came alive. It made me laugh. Food doesn't move like that.
28th October '16
Suzanne read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
This book was a pleasure to read. It's about a charming nine-years-old girl who finds out that she is a witch.
The reaction of her parents is terrific (especially her mum's who is not very pleased with this information at the beginning but she change her mind when she realises that her daughter is really good in spells )
There are no bad spells here - the story is pacey, imaginative and fun, with a subtle message about not hurting others threaded through it.
I look forward to reading further books from this author. The title of this book says Spells for Beginners so I have a good feeling there will be more titles coming in this series and we can't wait! 
3rd November '16
Bob1 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
I really liked reading Grace-Ella. She's really funny, and her Mum was funny. I liked it when Grace-Ella's made her first potion, it had three hairs from a mouse in it! I liked the ending, and I want to read more of her adventures! I read this at Halloween, but the book isn't scary, it's funny. I think girls aged 7-10 would like reading this book. 
21st May '17
I read it to Elder Class aged 10 to 11
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
A delightful book and a superb main Character in Grace-Ella. I particularly liked mum's reaction upon finding out her daughter was a witch. Beautifully written with a subtle lesson in not hurting others threaded through it. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
12th October '16
goliegorau99 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
5 stars
'I think that 'Grace-Ella - Spells for Beginners' is a magnifulous and splendifulous story. The words are very magical'
'I felt special reading it'
'It's funny, there are lots of hilarious parts in it. Mr Whiskins is a cat that can talk!'
'The book is very good and the author is very pretty and my favourite part is when Mrs Bevin is hiccupping and floats up to the ceiling!'
'We recommend that you should read this special book'
from Tomi 9, Eleias 9, Nel 7 and Martha 4 
15th November '16
I read it to Lucia B. aged 6 aged 6 & to Elijah B. aged 4 aged 4
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
4 stars
I've just finished reading this sweet, funny book to Lucia 6, and Elijah 4. We loved the idea of a young witch developing her magic powers with the help of her pet cat and The Nine Golden Rules. Especially when her spells went slightly wrong. Grace-Ella is a nice little girl with lovely friends and it was good to read that the obnoxious Amelia got her comeuppance in the end. I did feel that 159 pages was a little long to hold the children's interest in one sitting, so we spread the story over a few days Thank you Toppsta!
30th November '16
I read it to AnnaC aged 7 aged 7
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
4 stars
My 7 year old won this in a giveaway, thank you Toppsta! She loved the storyline and found it easy to follow, there's definitely an interest in more witch stories now!
29th October '16
Mads1811 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
4 stars
Madeleine found this book quite an easy read, she liked that it included magic and she could see loose similarities to harry potter but less complex. she found some parts very funny. overall a  good read.
21st November '16
I read it to Darcie aged 6 aged 6
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
4 stars
Read as a bedtime story, a chapter a night. The chapters are a great length for this. We had laughs, although this could of been from my failed attempt at pronouncing the Welsh words, haha. The story captured my daughters imagination and she asked lots of questions, she has also put a black cat and a wand on her list to a certain december visitor.
7th June '17
I read it to Eay11 aged 5 aged 5
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
3 stars
We actually won this in a giveaway, but when it didn't arrive we borrowed it from a friend instead! My 5 year old wasn't particularly enamoured with the story, but I thought it was ok. I wouldn't rush out to buy it, but it's entertaining enough for youngsters! 
31st October '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners 9781910080429
3 stars
A very sweet book to read. Linked perfectly into Halloween. Full of magic, fun and your fair share of drama. A good book for young kids and I recommend it to kids between 7-11 .
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About Sharon Marie Jones

Sharon Marie Jones was born and raised in North Wales. She studied English and Education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated with First Class Honours. After completing a PGCE course, she became a primary school teacher. Grace-Ella is her first book....

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