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Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One)

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From multi-award-winning Irish author Celine Kiernan comes a dark fantasy adventure about witches

A middle-grade fantasy  adventure perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge, Katherine Rundell and Sally Gardner. On the night that Aunty dies  the Raggedy Witches come for Mup's mam. Pale, cold, relentless, they  will do anything to coax Mam back to Witches Borough. When they kidnap  Mup's dad, Mup and her mam must leave the mundane world to rescue him.  But Mam is strange on this side of the border - striding, powerful, and  distant. Even if they can save Dad, Mup is not sure anything will ever  be the same again...

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This is Book 2 in the The Wild Magic Trilogy Series. See all The Wild Magic Trilogy books here.

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21st February '18
abigailb1180 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
5 stars
I really enjoyed Begone the Raggedy Witches, in particular the rhymes that the animals had to speak in. I thought Mup, the main character in the story, was strong and brave, yet extremely caring towards her baby brother and Crow. 

I found the witches a little scary at the beginning but as I read further I actually felt sorry for them - especially Magda.

In general, it was a fantastic story and I look forward to reading the next two books in the Trilogy.
10th March '18
Tobymax read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
5 stars
Read by Toby age 10. Toby made a YouTube video for his review https://youtu.be/gtkulGyFOrE
He loved the book. He felt the cover and title were misleading as he expected a boring book for girls but actually this was a fabulous adventure suitable for boys or girls and he has now found his third favourite author. We had actual tears when we couldn't find books 2 and 3 today in WHSmith!
8th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
5 stars
Originally I intended to read this book to my children at bedtime, but after reading the first couple of chapters, that I must say are incredibly engaging and beautifully written but unfortunately my kids decided that the book was a little too scary to be read at night!! 
I however continued to read the story to myself and thoroughly enjoyed the tale. The author transports you into this wonderful magical world and I found the characters especially Mup intriguing. 
I would recommend this book to young adults and older it’s a mesmerising take of good vs evil set in a magical land that grips you from the start. My 10 year old who has read the Harry Potter series has also enjoyed it, he just would recommend not reading it at night!!
11th April '18
Maddimoo read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
4 stars
I like the story line because it was about how families stick together. The characters really well thought out and you feel like you know them. I really enjoyed the book and would definitely read it again and have recommended it to my sister. 
7th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
4 stars
Writing this as mum. Now I enjoyed it - it’s abstract and in places confusing but very imaginative. DS, however, didn’t enjoy this - it’s pitched as Ireland’s answer to jK Rowling but it’s nothing like Harry Potter. This is really a fairy tale. So he wouldn’t finish it. The star ranking is for my reading. I can’t mark it down when it’s ckearly the wrong genre for my son, I just wish books wouldn’t claim to be like something that they aren’t. 
6th March '18
Lydib read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
4 stars
It’s not often I read a fantasy book but I really enjoyed this one and will be reading the next 2 in the trilogy. It’s a bit dark and scary in places but I think it adds to the story and makes you want to read on.
7th March '18
Giggle read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
4 stars
This book was weird but I liked it. I didn't understand most of it at the start and I wasn't going to try and finish it but I am glad I changed my mind and read the whole book. The book is about a little girl called Mup who's dad is taken away. Mup and her family cross the border and enter the world that Mup's mum was born in. This book is so good and even though it is strange at the start keep reading it! My favourite part in the book was when Mup and Crow danced magic. Mup was my favourite character but I also liked her brother Tipper (especially when he was a dog) and crow. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone younger than 10 years because some of the bits were scary, sad and confusing, But anyone who is ten or older, doesn't mind people dying and likesfantacy would probably like this book.
25th March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
4 stars
What a fresh look at middle-grade fantasy! I've complained for ages about the "dead parent trope", and indeed we do have a missing parent here, but Mup has two adult main characters to guide her through this mysterious world. Both are flawed, both have their own agendas and it really underscores the weirdness of Witches' Borough to have previously-trusted adults acting so strangely. There are some really super secondary characters - I loved Crow and Tipper is adorable - and the villain is fantastic. Looking forward to putting this one in the school library and finding out what the kids think!
26th February '18
swalker read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
3 stars
This wasn't totally for me. It's not the sort of book I normally read, having said that it was a well laid out with a good storyline. 
Not sure I'll read the others from the trilogy but I have now lent the book out to my friend at school so I'll get her to leave a review too.
15th October '18
I read it to Pasco aged 6 aged 6 & to Sol aged 8 aged 8
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 9781406366020
3 stars
Unfortunately this book didn't really engage my sons and we didn't get further than the first chapter, however I think it would appeal to them as they get older, so I will try again when they are older.

It does seem like a lovely book, but maybe more suitable for older children.
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Celine Kiernan is the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning author of five novels for young people. Her ghost story, Into the Grey, was the first book to receive both the CBI Book of the Year Award and  the CBI Children’s Choice Award. It won the...

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