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Ivy Newt & The Storm Witch
  • April 2023
  • 978-1-915252-18-0
  • 178 x 126mm
  • 176pp, £7.99
  • Age 5+
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Ivy Newt & The Storm Witch

Derek KeiltyClick here for biography

Magda BrolClick here for biography

Derek introduces his bookDerek introduces his book
Derek reads a chapterDerek reads a chapter
Magda draws IvyMagda draws Ivy
Magda draws Ivy very fast!Magda draws Ivy very fast!


First in a new, highly illustrated chapter book series for ages 5-7, this book is set in Miracula and features Ivy, an unstoppable and lovable young witch, and her friend and familiar Tom.

Ivy's parents, the King and Queen of the Sand Witches, have prepared her a show-stopping birthday present - a magic act where they disappear! But hold on, they really have disappeared! Foul work is at play, and to rescue Ivy's parents, she and Tom must travel all over Miracula on broomsticks and flying carpets, making friends along the way, and pulling together to defeat Clawdelia Thorn, evil Queen of Grotland.


Praise for this book:

'A fast moving, enjoyable story … The plot gallops along, Ivy and shape-changing Tom are recognisable children who will engage their young audience and there is a satisfying mix of jeopardy and laughter. Magda Brol's lively illustrations and page decorations capture the spirit of the prose, adding a welcome visual element to the narrative.' Books for Keeps - 4/5 stars

'This quirky and immersive illustrated short chapter book will engross newly independent readers in KS1 and is perfect for group reading with lower ability KS2 children.' School Reading List

'A truly bewitching adventure … this exciting and entertaining adventure series is perfect for sharing or as a first reading book … With lots of laughs, pages of fast-paced action to enjoy, a cast of superbly imagined characters, themes of justice, standing up to bullies and shared endeavour, and Brol's comical illustrations adding extra zing and zest, this is the perfect book to launch youngsters into a lifetime of reading.' Lancashire Evening Post

'A delightful magical romp of a story in which the unexpected is always bound to happen. It is Ivy Newt's birthday and her Royal parents are preparing a wonderful surprise for her. It is meant to be a simple but spectacular temporary disappearing act but somehow something goes wrong.
Ivy's parents seem to have disappeared for good! Ivy and her familiar Tom Boy, or sometimes, Tom Wolf, need magic and courage to find out just exactly what has happened to them.' (Julia Eccleshare) Love Reading

'Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch, written by Derek Keilty, with generous illustrations from Magda Brol, heralds the start of a new early-reader series that is sure to have wide appeal. With a full kingdom to explore and a variety of secondary characters who deserve adventures of their own, this is a promising addition to an underserved genre.' Irish Times



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