Bea's Witch

A ghostly coming-of-age story

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Pub Date 30 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 23 Jul 2021
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, www.johnhuntpublishing.com/lodestone-books

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Description

A runaway adoptee encounters the ghost of a witch. She must wrestle her past to discover the witch’s secret and find her way home.

The future can be rewritten.

On the eve of her twelfth birthday, Beatrice Crosse runs away from her adoptive home only to encounter the ghost of England's most famous prophetess. The witch offers her treasure, but can she be trusted?

Bea must wrestle her past to discover the witch’s secret and find her way home.

A runaway adoptee encounters the ghost of a witch. She must wrestle her past to discover the witch’s secret and find her way home.

The future can be rewritten.

On the eve of her twelfth birthday...


A Note From the Publisher

Daniel lives in Yorkshire in a house built from the stones of a ruined castle. He lives with his wife, son, their bearded dragon and one-eyed cat! Daniel is the author of The Firebird Chronicles series for children aged 9-12: Rise of the Shadow Stealers (2013), The Nemesis Charm (2016), and Through the Uncrossable Boundary (2018), published by Our Street Books. He is the recipient of the Taner Baybars award for original fiction in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Magical Realism, awarded by the Society of Authors Authors’ Foundation. Daniel has a Masters in Creative Writing and Drama in Education, graduating with distinction and the Dean’s Prize for Academic Achievement at Masters level (2019) and is currently undertaking a PhD exploring adoption through creative writing. Daniel is also part of the Storymakers Company at Leeds Beckett University, a group of professional artists and educators seeking to develop creative, artistic, child centred learning opportunities for young people through story making in educational and community settings. Daniel is a First Story writer-in-residence for secondary schools in Yorkshire, he chaired the Leeds Big Bookend from 2013-16 and is on the committee for the Society of Authors, Authors North. Also a theatre director and playwright, Daniel is Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre. Their last production was an adaptation of his first book, supported by Leeds’ Carriageworks Theatre, Harrogate Theatre and The Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Daniel has written over twenty plays, specialising in journey-based performance and large-scale community productions. These include The Leeds Pageant (2007, for Leeds Minster), Two Lads of Leeds (2008, for Interact Church and Community Partnership), HEAVE (2009, for Pointed Arrow Performance), The Crossing (2010, for Left Bank Leeds and Leeds Light Night), The Tunnel (2011, in partnership with Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill), Drink with a Chimp (2015, for Common Chorus Theatre) and Wind in the Willows (2016, for Renaissance Knaresborough). Daniel has also overseen a number of community writing projects, including The Leeds Story Cycle (2014) and Stories from the Forests of Leeds (2015/6), both of which resulted in the publication of a book of short stories, published by the Leeds Church Institute and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Daniel enjoys giving workshops and author talks at schools, libraries and festivals and has spoken at Bradford Literature Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival and the Children’s Reading Festival in Selby. Daniel is interested in exploring philosophical and spiritual questions in fun and engaging ways that inspire children and adults to think and to wonder. "The room was buzzing all afternoon and Daniel really has the knack of firing children’s imaginations, especially boys. He helped the children to create their own individual stories whilst working in a collaborative way to build a wonderful island in the middle of the library. It was fantastic to see the children growing in confidence during the afternoon and being able to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers in a supportive atmosphere." Wendy Kent, Services Development Officer at Knaresborough Library

Daniel lives in Yorkshire in a house built from the stones of a ruined castle. He lives with his wife, son, their bearded dragon and one-eyed cat! Daniel is the author of The Firebird Chronicles...


Advance Praise

A deft blending of historical, fantastical, contemporary and adoption fiction. I was genuinely transported. -

Dr Rachel Connor, Novelist, Dramatist, and Prize-Winning Short Story Writer 

A deft blending of historical, fantastical, contemporary and adoption fiction. I was genuinely transported. -

Dr Rachel Connor, Novelist, Dramatist, and Prize-Winning Short Story Writer 


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Bea's Witch is a stunningly-crafted read which beautifully weaves reality with story, myth and magic. This is such a gripping story that draws you in. This was an excellent book!

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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley Quick, yet it hit the spot!! I love the story and the main character and her adventure through this awesome book.

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Heartwarming middle grade or young adult mix of fantasy and the struggles of foster children/adopted children. I love Bea’s internal dialogue. Bea struggles with finding herself in a new home and the cruelty of her middle school classmates. She visits a wishing well and strange things begin unfolding around her until she meets a witch that wants to make a bargain, a story for a story. Will Bea choose to give up her own story or will she use her own struggles to become strong and overcome her fears?

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I had a great Sunday reading this. It’s such a quick, short read but really packed full of emotions. I loved the characters and the writing was easy to get into. Would highly recommend. (Will post review closer to publication date).

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This was a very well written book. The plot was very enticing and intriguing. I couldn't put the book down. This was a new to me author and I will definitely try another book by this author.

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Thank you so much NetGalley for giving me this ARC to review.. I LOVED this book. Bea's character was just perfect - super realistic and very likeable, and I loved the way that the author doesn't sugar coat the issues she experiences and the way that she sees the world, but also deals with it informatively and sensitively. The book in general was super entertaining and also unputdownable., and as a devoted lover of fantasy I loved the themes of ghosts and magic included in this book. I would recommend this book to both adults and children as a must-read.

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Very well written. Characters are engaging and lifelike. Bea is so realistic. I love the way the story is told and how it does such a great job showcasing some of the difficulties and the wonders of adoption. I'm definitely going to be reading it again. Also the witch is just scary enough without being terrifying.

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