The Witch of Turlingham Academy
Series: The Witch of Turlingham Academy book #1
Release Date: March 2012
Synopsis: It's not easy being the only day girl at Turlingham Academy: Sophie misses out on all the midnight feasts and late night gossip. And when new girl Katy turns up it feels like she's bewitching all of Sophie's friends! Katy's no witch, but there is a witch at Turlingham. Katy comes from a long line of witch hunters whose job is to stop evil magic. Sophie is going to help her - anything to get Katy out of her life and get things back to normal. But what she discovers means nothing will ever be normal again!
Review: The Witch of Turlingham Academy is a cute, easy read aimed at tweens. So the target audience is between 8-12, nevertheless as a 17 year old i still enjoyed it. I won this book recently and after reading a few heavy and complex books i wanted something that i could breeze through without difficulty so i choose this. Despite the young target audience, older readers can enjoy this book too. This book although has a simple story line, but the adventure is present from start till finish. Leaving all readers wanting to hear more of Sophie's adventures.
The book follows Sophie, the daughter of the headmistress of Turlingham Academy, as she goes back for a new term. Before the term has even officially begun she's in trouble. It seems everywhere she goes trouble follows. We join Sophie and her group of friends for midnight gossips and discussing crushes. When new girl Katy suddenly turns up at school, Sophie immediately thinks she's hiding something. While Sophie has newly developed problems of her own, she has to get to the bottom of Katy's secret and in the mean time discover her own.
Sophie was different to a normal character aimed at tweens. Sophie wasn't afraid to break the rules, she's tough. She's not overly girly and she's clever. The sort of person more girls need to read about. Not the pink princess that seems to be everywhere in the modern day. At first I didn't like Katy at all because of her whole secret but once you get to know her, she probably more human and down to earth than anyone else. She's in a position that she hates but has to go along with it to please her parents. Another thing i believe many tweens can relate too.
The Witch of Turlingham Academy is a brilliant book for tweens. The book is entertaining from start to finish. The action never stops. Nowhere in the book does it get boring and begin to drag, it is effortlessly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to tweens. It's a mix of witchcraft in the modern world. It's a great book.