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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones - Book Reviews, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Grace-Ella isn't very popular at school and she can never live up to her critical mother's expectations. When a black cat suddenly appears at her home she's thrilled. Even more so when she discovers she can talk to him. Mr Whiskins has a secret to share with Grace-Ella. She's a witch and it's time for her to learn how to use magic. She will be guided by the Witches' Council and there are rules she has to follow. Grace-Ella's mother isn't exactly thrilled with her daughter's newfound abilities. Grace-Ella isn't a very good student at school, but maybe she's better at being a witch?

Grace-Ella has two best friends, Flur and Bedwyr. Flur is being bullied at school by the awful Amelia and Grace-Ella hates that her friend is being treated badly, but she can't bewitch Amelia directly because it's against the rules. Bedwyr is always ready for a new adventure and Grace-Ella loves spending time outside with him. Because of Grace-Ella's abilities as a witch she can now make things better for her friends. Is she actually capable of doing that and what will happen when she tries?

Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners is a wonderful heartwarming story. I was immediately captivated by Grace-Ella. She's a sweet girl with a big heart. She's also a bit cheeky, which makes her an ideal character for a fun story about being a young witch. I loved the way Mr. Whiskins tells her about her future and I was instantly smitten with the fabulous dignified black cat. The main characters are making this story amazing to read. Grace-Ella has amazing friends and her parents are fabulously odd, which makes the story even better.

Sharon Marie Jones has a beautiful enchanting writing style and I adored the creative words she uses. Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners is a spellbinding story filled with entertaining descriptions, complicated situations and magic. Reading this story put a big smile on my face. I love a good story about witchcraft and this book definitely falls into that category. It's versatile, charming, endearing and incredibly amusing. I was mesmerized from beginning to end.

Review by Anniek

Grace-Ella's life will never be the same after a black cat strolls into her home. She gives him the name Mr. Whiskins. Her mother isn't thrilled with having a cat in the house, but when nobody comes to claim him Grace-Ella asks her parents if she can keep him. Her mother sighs in the particular way she always uses and her father just shrugs. Grace-Ella has always wanted a pet and she's over the moon with Mr. Whiskins. On the ninth day of the ninth month of her ninth year Mr. Whiskins tells Grace-Ella a secret. She's a witch. Grace-Ella never excelled in anything. Will she be good at being a witch?

Not only is Grace-Ella a witch, but Mr. Whiskins can also talk. They're a perfect match and Grace-Ella enthusiastically starts working on the exercises in her first spellbook. Mr. Whiskins is sure that Grace-Ella will be a magnifulous-splendifulous witch. Grace-Ella's best friends are Fflur and Bedwyr. Now that Grace-Ella is a witch they can even have more fun. However, being a witch also comes with rules, so unfortunately she can't bewitch the school bully, Amelia. She can however bewitch everything around her...

Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners is a wonderful fun story. Grace-Ella has a kind personality and she's a good friend. I loved how she plays around in the mud with Bedwyr and how supportive she is of Fflur. Grace-Ella is a sweet young girl who wants to do the right thing, but can also think outside the box from time to time. She is smart and I loved her creative thinking.

Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners is a fantastic story about a young girl who's learning to be the best witch she can be. The story is filled with humor and I laughed out loud multiple times. Grace-Ella grows into a confident young girl because she shines as a new witch. I love to read stories about witches and fell in love with Mr. Whiskins and Grace-Ella immediately. This book is suitable for young and older children and the beautiful illustrations are making the story come to life even more. Sharon Marie Jones has written a brilliant book and I hope this will be the start of an amazing series. I can't wait to read more about Grace-Ella and her next adventure.

Advice

The age range for Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners is 5 to 15, but it should be 5 to 105 instead. It's a fun story for all ages. If you're looking for a great book about newfound magic and talking black cats Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners would be the perfect choice.

Just Being Me
Guest post by Sharon Marie Jones


It was always my dream to become a children’s author. As a child, I read and read and read – behind the sofa, on the stairs, in my bed, in the garden, in the bath … I was never far away from a book.

There were books piled precariously on a bookcase in my bedroom, a cupboard at the bottom of the stairs filled with books that would spill out when the door was opened and a visit to the library was a never-missed weekly event.

I can remember the first time I bought a book with my own birthday money – Eric Hill’s ‘Where’s Spot?’ I must only have been three or four, but I can remember being in the book shop holding my very own book bought with my very own money and feeling so delightfully happy. I treasured that book for years.

I grew up in mountainous North Wales and listened in wide-eyed wonderment to local folk tales about giants and fairies. I even had my very own fairy door on the crab apple tree at the bottom of my garden. I was surrounded by magic.

I worked as a Primary School teacher for thirteen years, allowing that dream of becoming a children’s author to gather cobwebs in the recesses of my mind. Until one day, I had to do it. I had to write. It was my dream and dreams are there to be pursued, chased, grabbed at and if you don’t give up, caught.

‘Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners’ is my first children’s book. You can find out a little bit more about it here: http://www.fireflypress.co.uk/node/250

Coming from a teaching background, I have prepared ‘Lesson Ideas’ with an activity to accompany each chapter of the book. The activities are suitable for Years 3&4. They can be downloaded for free here: http://www.fireflypress.co.uk/sites/default/files/grace%20ella%20lesson%20ideas.pdf

I am currently writing the second ‘Grace-Ella’ book, its words weaving their tale in my imagination. What new magical adventure awaits Grace-Ella…?


Links

Website // Goodreads // Twitter // Firefly Press

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18 comments:

  1. Oh lovely. Will most definitely enjoy this book with my daughter.

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  2. Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners sounds like a magical, funny adventure about friendship and being true to yourself.

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  3. This looks like delightful fun! I love the cat!

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  4. This looks adorable! I like the Welsh influence too! :D

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  5. This book sound like a marvellous addition to my grandchildren's library. They are both big Harry Potter fans so just reading the title will hungry for more. :-)

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  6. she'd love this Sharon Marie Jones.
    jan

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful read, would love to read this with my son.

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  8. This book looks so cute and fun I would love to read it and then pass it to my niece bc it would help her to read sth fun in english and that way she'd improve her english.

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  9. I'm holding my fingers crossed for this one. I'd love to read it with my daughter.

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  10. I love that there are lessons/activities that go along with the story.

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  11. I know some of my younger readers would love this!

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  12. Thanks for the great book prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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