A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

20708812A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Boarding School, Frienship


Mildred gets off to a good start in her second year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but her sworn enemy, Ethel Hallow, is plotting misfortune, setting Mildred up for a very bad spell, indeed.


Mildred is growing, but so is her special, unfortunate ability to get herself into trouble. Sometimes she asks for it, sometimes she doesn’t—just trying to do what seems best—but regardless, her intentions are always right.

In this third book in The Worst Witch series, Mildred tries to comfort new students at the Academy (one of which turns out to be the little sister of her nemesis) with a terrifying story of magic put to the worst use. Not the most appropriate thing to do to new students, but Mildred thought they would be amused.

So now her nemesis wants to take revenge on her for what she did to her sister. Granted, it’s the hundredth time someone puts a spell on Mildred, but the stories are always about how she gets rid of the spells, not how she earns them, which is never truly hard.

I liked this sequel a lot. I find Jill Murphy’s writing so perfect for middle grade/children’s books. That’s why I think these books would have worked even better if they’d been longer and more complex. Though they work this way too. The thing is, the stories are always short because they retell a misadventure of Mildred’s. They never go very, very far. But they do the trick, which is to put young (or old) readers in a mighty good mood.


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2 thoughts on “A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

  1. Oh my goodness, I used to love these books as a child. I always thought that that would be me if I ever went to a School for Witches!


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