Magical spells in an unfamiliar place: Read an extract from Little Gem by Anna Zobel

Magical spells in an unfamiliar place: Read an extract from Little Gem by Anna Zobel

Chapter One

There was a loud popping sound, followed by a heavy thump.

The kitchen had been silent and empty. Now a witch was sprawled across the oor. Her hat was crooked, and her long hair stuck out as if she’d been electri ed. In one hand she was still holding a book of spells. The pages were smoking at the corners.

‘Oh!’ the witch cried out. She used her sleeves to pat the book until the smoking stopped. Then she stood up and looked around the room.

A moment earlier, Witch Gem had been at school, practising her travelling spells. But she did not seem to be at school any more. She was standing in a strange, empty house. Gem wiped at her knees, which were covered in dust and grime.

‘Where am I?’ she said.

Her voice echoed off the walls. The kitchen was small and cosy. There was a wood stove in the corner, just as dusty as the oor. The stone sink was green with mildew. Old pots and pans hung from hooks on the walls. Spiders hurried along the ceiling beams, and the windows were covered with cobwebs. Gem could see that the cottage had been empty for a long time.

She placed her spell
book carefully on the
dirty dining table, checking
for smoke. Her travelling
spell must have gone wrong somehow, Gem realised. She had
only meant to magic herself from one classroom to another.

Continue reading here…

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Publisher details

Little Gem
Author
Anna Zobel
Publisher
Puffin Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
05 January, 2021

Synopsis

An adorable and charming new children's series that is a sparkling gem of a read for anyone who loves Polly and Buster or Mummy Fairy and Me! Sometimes getting a little lost can help you discover who you really are... When her spell at Witchcraft School goes wrong, Gem lands in an unfamiliar, empty cottage, outside a strange, colourful town. Everyone in Ellsworth Pining thinks Gem is their new village witch, even when Gem tries to correct them. And Gem’s new friends do need her. The Weather Worker is missing, and there are tales of a terrifying beast in the woods. Gem might know a spell that could help – if she can get it right.
Anna Zobel
About the author

Anna Zobel

Anna Zobel lives in Melbourne’s west with her partner and their chatty cat Harriet. When she’s not writing or illustrating, Anna enjoys a variety of stimulating hobbies including reading, gardening, and eating. She is inspired by the children she has encountered as a babysitter, after-school care assistant and teacher, and strives to represent them in her work.

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