Her heart raced wildly. She remembered with dread the look on Miss Harrington’s face the last time she’d gotten a total of seven spellings wrong. The teacher had wagged her finger crossly and had made Jenny stay back for twenty minutes after school to learn every word, while all the other children went home. Jenny sniffed. It will be even worse now. She won’t be allowed go home at all.
Title: The Hippity Dippity Witch
Author: Lorraine O’Byrne
Genre: Children’s Books
Eight-year-old Jenny Connolly skips school to visit her friends in an enchanted wood. When she arrives, it’s a scene of total devastation. The creatures of the wood cower in terror. There is a cruel magic at hand here. She goes by the name of Marigold Dimple, a feisty, ten-year-old witch from Elderwood. Marigold is a witch with a vengeance, determined to have her own way and create havoc wherever she goes. When Jenny and Marigold’s paths collide, nothing will ever be the same again…
Lorraine O’Byrne was born in county Limerick, Ireland. Following two and a half years in Dublin on a City & Guilds course in photography, she went on to teach English in Colombia then spent a further six months in France as part of her European Studies degree. Lorraine loved writing at a very young age and felt that this was where her true passion lay. She underwent an intensive creative writing course before embarking on her first novel “The Wrath of Voodoo” (adult fiction) published in 2004 but since then has turned to writing children’s books. Her love of children’s stories comes from the active imagination she had as a child, Walt Disney Movies and the animals on her farm.