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Audio Book Review


The Worst Witch to the Rescue


Author: Jill Murphy
Read by: Barbara Flynn
BBC Audio
RRP: £9.99
ISBN: 978 1 408 40052 4
Available 12 June 2008

Mildred Hubble has always been the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy, but she knows this term will be different. She's done the best holiday project ever and she's sure that her form teacher, the fearsome Miss Hardbroom, will be impressed. Even her arch-enemy, Ethel Hallow, is being friendly! But is it all just too good to be true...?

Mildred Hubble is a pupil at Miss Cackle's Academy for Young Witches. Her difficulties in achieving the basic training for a witch, such as flying a broomstick and making spells, form the basis of this collection.

In The Worst Witch to the Rescue, Mildred is sure that the new term at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches is going to go brilliantly. She has prepared the best Holiday Project ever - she's certain that her form teacher, the formidable Miss Hardbroom, will be impressed. Even Mildred's arch enemy, Ethel Hallow, seems to have turned over a new leaf. But, as always, Mildred's plans soon come tumbling down around her. Will Mildred triumph after all?

Since their first publication in 1975, the Worst Witch stories have become much loved children's classics. They have been adapted for a successful and long-running TV series, as well as a major movie, and now the BBC has transferred them into audio books so that young fans can sit and listen to the stories on long car journeys, or before going to sleep at night.

The Worst Witch to the Rescue is Jill Murphy's sixth, and latest, book in the series and was originally published in 2007. Barbara Flynn is the perfect choice to read this 2-CD collection and lends just the right level of gravitas to the production.

With a running time of 2 hours and 30 mins, this collection will certainly keep fans of the series entertained for the duration.


Amber Leigh

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