Flying Lessons (Witch-in-Training, Book 1)

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The first title in a new series of magical books for younger readers, by Irish author Maeve Friel. On Jessica’s tenth birthday she discovers she is a young witch...Launch title of Roaring Good Reads series.

The first in a new series of magical books for younger readers, by Irish author, Maeve Friel. Jessica thinks she is an ordinary ten-year-old girl but by the end of this first book, she is on the way to becoming a very bright young witch! When she sees the broomstick for sale outside Miss Strega’s hardware shop, Jessica is intrigued. for on the price label it also says: Flying Lessons Extra. Jessica can’t resist peeking inside the shop and ends up beginning her first lesson in witchcraft. Jessica learns that there is more to learn about flying a broomstick than meets the eye. First, you have to use the branches as gears – so the twigs must be in front of you, not behind you as every other witchy book show. The foremost twigs are for twirling, zooming, spinning, ducking, diving, moon-vaulting, and star falling. The Eject twig, is for getting rid of unwanted hangers on, Goblins, dragons – any sort of pest that tries to hitch a ride. Join Jess as she works towards her Flying Certificate and becomes a GASP of BR[EATH] in order words, a Graduate Airborne Spinner of Broom Riders [Earth and the Heavens]!

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Maeve Friel is a published author in Ireland of 3 titles for older readers, published by Poolbeg. She has been shortlisted for the Bisto Awards twice and has won an RAI Award [equivalent of English UKRA] In 1990 she won the Hennessy Cognac/Sunday Tribune Literary Award for an emerging writer. Reviewers in Ireland have liken her style to that of Anne Fine’s. Maeve was brought up in Northern Ireland and went to university in Dublin. She and her husband now divide their time between West Donegal, Ireland and a tiny village in Andalucia, Spain. They have two grown-up daughters, both working in the field of the creative arts.

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Jessica receives a most unusual 10th birthday present--she learns that she's a witch. However, she has a lot to learn, including the correct way to ride a broom. Friel takes a classic tale and modernizes it, using terms like "eject" and "fast forward " to apply to flying a broom. Phyllida Nash is delightful as she mixes old and modern terms with clarity and humor. When Jessica and Miss Stregna, her teacher, encounter a phoenix rising, Miss Stregna proclaims him an "odd old bird." Each of the four stories, sparkling with details that humanize witches and goblins, is enlivened by Nash's spirited delivery. Young listeners will enjoy meeting a good witch who also happens to be a young girl. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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