Dark Spell

By Gill Arbuthnott

Format: Paperback

15-year-old Callie Hall has found out she's a witch. Can she control her power long enough to turn back the darkness, and rescue her relationship with Josh?

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 201515-year-old Callie Hall has just found out she's a witch, and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she can't control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she's angry people can get hurt.Her friend Josh understands she's a bit weird, but it's only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels under the ruins of St Andrews' Castle that he realises just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie -- in Callie -- something she can't escape.Can Callie control her power long enough to send back the darkness, before it takes over her life? And will Josh ever understand her secret?A brilliant, engrossing teen fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keeper's Daughter.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 25 Apr 2013
ISBN 9780863159565
Number of Pages 224

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'This is a modern-day Harry Potter set near a Scottish school in St Andrews... I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'-- Daily Record Book Club'All told, a solid 4 stars.'-- 2 the Point Book Reviews blog'A coming of age story with a paranormal/witchy twist.'-- Tome Tender Blog'The characterisation is excellent, and I particularly like the way Callie is shown struggling to get to terms with her powers which read almost as hormonal energy...This is elegant writing... a pacey, thoughtful, scary, exhilarating read and highly recommended.' -- The School Librarian (SLA)'The story is well engineered, and works not only on the superficial level, but on more than one level... I am not surprised that it has won awards. I found myself enchanted by Dark Spell. I enjoyed not only the characters, but also the sense of place the author delivers of the mix of old and new in contemporary Scotland. Gill Arbuthnott conjures a stunning mix of teen angst and magic mixed with just enough danger to scoot you to the edge of your seat. Big thumbs up on this one!' -- Novelspot

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