But the world outside her school is full of hidden magic and children have been going missing. With the help of a talking cat and a flying broom, Cassie escapes to the enchanted village of Hedgely. There she will begin her training in the practical skills of witchcraft with the Hedgewitch, who watches over the Hedge, the vast forest that marks the border between England and Faerie.
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Cassandra Morgan was hiding in the broom cupboard. It wasn’t a bad place to hide, all things considered; a narrow window provided light to read by and an upturned bucket served well enough as a seat. If she ignored the smell of mildew and the odd inquisitive mouse, it was almost cosy.
Thus begins a stunning debut middle grade series Hedgewitch by Skye McKenna that I highly recommend if you’ve previously enjoyed the following Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston and The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.
Cassie has waited seven years for her mother to come back after leaving her at Fowell House boarding School.
She escapes the boarding school to a place just outside of England where the world is full of magic and children are disappearing.
Cassie ends up in Hedgely (a magical town) to live with her aunt and look for her mother whom she believes is still alive.
Here there are talking cats (and other magical animals), magic and a witches coven.
But does Cassie find out what happened to her mother? And is she still alive?
I also read the last two chapter whilst listening along to the audiobook which was a perfect way to end the first book in this delightful debut series.