Murphy is a seductively simple writer, whose crisp, pared-back prose enables an action-packed plot to unravel in fewer than 200 pages. Readers will love the familiar world of chanting lessons and "broomstick aerobatics"... But the real charm of Murphy's books lies less in the magic and more in the nostalgic familiarity of the boarding school routine.
With its gentle humour, engaging characters and simple yet satisfying plot, this is the final instalment in the hugely successful Worst Witch series and brings the story of Mildred Hubble’s schooldays to an end.
Murphy’s unique talent is to combine a typical boarding school yarn with illustrations that bring the story within the compass of very young or struggling readers. For many years now Murphy has provided excellent read aloud material for teachers, librarians and parents – and this latest book is well up to her distinguished mark.