The Hotel Witch
by Jessica Miller
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Pub Date 28 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2023
Sometimes the simplest spells are the most powerful.
Sibyl is the apprentice hotel witch at the splendid Grand Mirror Hotel.
She is busy each day drawing useful spell patterns to keep the hotel guests happy: spells to shine shoes, spells to remove dust and spells to return lost belongings like hats and gloves to their owners.
But Sibyl dreams of other possibilities – wonderful possibilities like her mother returning from the Black Mountains, and like Grandma letting her draw spell patterns from the Book of Advanced and Dangerous Magic.
When Grandma gets stuck in last Tuesday, somewhere on the hotel’s thirteenth floor, Sibyl is left to take charge of all the hotel magic – and to solve a mysterious and perplexing problem.
Can she find a way to open the Book of Advanced and Dangerous Magic?
And will it contain the spell she needs?
The Hotel Witch is a magical tale of courage, love and the power of imagining possibilities.
Praise for The Hotel Witch:
‘A magical story with amazing characters—including a talking cat! I couldn’t put the book down.' —Alex, age 12
‘What a magical story that leaves you wondering what will happen next and what might go wrong in this spellbinding hotel.’ —Marla, age 12
Praise for Jessica Miller:
‘By the time I reached the end of the book my heart was racing and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough…a simple, good-old-fashioned scary manor mystery.’—Books+Publishing on Elizabeth and Zenobia
‘A lonely girl, a creepy house, spirit presences and long-ago mysteries—I’m completely in love with this novel.’—Karen Foxlee on Elizabeth and Zenobia
‘An entertaining and engrossing adventure for upper primary readers who will enjoy some scary moments, and can watch Elizabeth’s growing self-confidence.’—Magpies on Elizabeth and Zenobia
‘A truly spellbinding tale…from a magnificently talented author that is sure to delight any reader who loves getting lost in magical landscapes full of wonder, adventure and enchantment.’—Children’s Book Council of Australia on The Republic of Birds
‘This atmospheric middle grade fantasy contains many of my favourite things: folk tales, sentient animals, maps, unmastered magical powers, challenging family members and a slightly surly child heroine.’—Leanne Hall on The Republic of Birds
'The Republic of Birds shows the universal loss of beauty and magic when power is mishandled. And she does this through an unassuming heroine who spectacularly charts her own path.'—Booklist on The Republic of Birds (starred review)