A perfect potion of magic and mischief, Diary of an Accidental Witch is The Worst Witch meets Tom Gates.

Monday 20th September
I’M AT WITCH SCHOOL! Now would be a really good time to discover I can do magic…

Bea Black has just moved to Little Spellshire, a town with a magical secret. When her dad accidentally enrols her at the local witch school, she has to get to grips with some interesting new classes, like, NOW! Also on her to do list? Make friends, look after the grumpy class frog AND do everything humanly magically possible to stay on a broom…

But with the Halloween Ball on the horizon, will she be able to master her wand skills in time to WOW? And more importantly can she keep her newfound magical abilities a secret from dad?


Honor and Perdita Cargill are a daughter/mother writing partnership and the authors of Waiting for Callback and Diary of an Accidental Witch. Originally from the Scottish Highlands, Perdita spent many years as a barrister before turning to writing fiction. Honor, having recently graduated from Oxford, is working on fiction and non-fiction writing projects as well as studying for a Masters at The Courtauld Institute. They both live in London.

Katie Saunders knew she wanted to be an illustrator when she had a picture published in Twinkie Magazine at the age of five. Katie worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time illustrator. She enjoys working with bright colours and experimenting with textures to create cute characters that children will love. Katie’s book, Touch and Explore: Little Frog, for Caterpillar Books was shortlisted for the 2012 Sheffield Children’s Book Award in the Baby Book Award section.


This book, which is the first in a new series is fun, imaginative, and filled with heart and laughter. Kids of all ages eight and older will love Bea and find something about her that they can relate to.

Ashleigh Meikle

A freakishly fun concoction of mischief and magic, Diary of an Accidental Witch, follows Bea’s imperfect and often disastrous attempts at fitting into the magical community. Authors Perdita and Honor Cargill deliver an enchanting novel and along with Katie Saunders’s fun illustrations, this magical book is funny and entertaining. Beautifully written, Diary of an Accidental witch deals with themes of family, friendship, fantasy, and magic in a way that is sweet and funny. It’s perfect for fans of the wonderful magical community.

Reading Time

I really liked it because it was funny and adventurous. And I like adventures because it lets your imagination run wild.

Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer

This is a funny and relatable book with all the emotions and embarrassments of a new town and school. It is written in the format of a diary and the entries are short so you don’t get bored reading for ages at a time. I really liked how the different words in the book had different fonts which really helped capture the witchy stuff and the normal stuff. I love the illustrations because they really portray the character’s feelings and the illustrations themselves are really cute and unique… It is a book that everyone can enjoy because it is quite an easy read. If you enjoy stories about finding friendships in unlikely places and of course, magic, then this is the book for you.

Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer

I think that this book is great for readers of all ages, and I rate it 4. 5 out of 5 stars. This book made me feel like anything is possible.

Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer

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