“You are a smart girl, Mabel. If only you would stick to the rules.”
Problem is, Mabel Ratcliff doesn’t find it easy sticking to the rules at witch school. What she wants to do is experiment with her magic, but here at Ruthersfield Academy, in 1892, experimenting is just not allowed. Young witches must learn the art of becoming a gracious hostess, how to cast a sparkling conversation spell and sew an elegant flying cloak. They certainly can’t invent their own potions or dabble in the world of science. Which is why Mabel finds herself in so much big trouble! Daring to push boundaries and fly against the wind, Mabel Ratcliff must stand up for what she believes in, while trying not to get herself expelled from the most prestigious witch school in the country!
Praise for Mabel Kirkus says..."Wild fantasy, sly satire, and sharply observed family dynamics are the hallmarks of this tasty, effervescent series (along with mouthwatering recipes); this volume’s the most delectable yet."
School Library Journal says...."Lowe taps into relevant themes for today’s youth with her characterization of Mabel as an inventor and an agent of social change. Through Mabel’s trials and errors, Lowe subtly impresses upon readers the ideas that trying and failing can lead to genius and that one should never abandon one’s convictions because of others’ opinions. Through the lens of the suffrage movement, Lowe also examines the so-called proper roles of women...Mabel’s high jinks will appeal to readers of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. VERDICT Mabel will inspire readers with her confident creativity."
Booklist says...."This lovely celebration of quirky individualism applauds both creativity and science... the historical suffragist subplot is subtle and empowering. This follow-up to The Power of Poppy Pendle (2012) and The Courage of Cat Campbell (2015) is a pleasant place to inhabit, with or without a broomstick!"
School Library Connection says..."A tale full of rich imagery, it embraces the idea that family is not always where you come from, but who you are with. A fantasy story with a strong message of family, and believing in yourself. "