Children's Books/ Fantasy, Caution: Witch in Progress
by Lynne North
I live in the north west of England and work as a data analyst for one of the local Health Authorities. I have been a prolific reader all my life, and for many years have spent the majority of my free time writing. As well as being educated up to degree level, I have completed courses and received diplomas from ‘The Writing School Ltd’ and ‘The Academy of Children’s Writers’. My aim in life has always been to write, and I have had a sideline of freelance writing for more years than I like to admit to having lived. This has mainly involved published articles in such magazines as ‘Prediction’. I have also completed two children’s novels, ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ and ‘Zac’s Destiny.’ ‘Caution: Witch in Progress' was published by Ghostly Publishing in 2013 and is available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon worldwide. I am currently working on a very different children’s humorous fantasy, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, and a fantasy novel for young adults titled ‘Dimensions’.
Gertie Grimthorpe is born into a society of witches and grows up in Vile Vale, but there is something very wrong with her... she is beautiful and couldn't be nasty if she tried. When she finds out that she is to attend a private academy for magical children, Gertie hopes to find her witchy way in the world. With a moat monster suffering from stomach ache, a short-sighted owl familiar and mishaps galore, Gertie's adventures are hilarious and heartwarming. Join Gertie as she struggles with growing up (and longing to grow her first wart), learning magic and working out how to deal with a grumpy enchanted umbrella, named Bat. "What a wonderful read this book is! Fun and laughter from beginning to end. Are we getting anymore 'Gertie' books? Can't wait!" - Amazon Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fun 13 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback What I love about Caution: Witch In Progress is that everything Lynne North does in the book subverts the norm. Gertie Grimthorpe is a witch - she's born into a society of witches who shun her because she's good looking. I like this because it's like the total opposite of Adrian Mole - Loads of teenage angst, but with a twist on the usual version. Gertie's so full of personality, I can almost imagine her in the room with me as I read. She's called Gertie because her name is "Gertrude", but she doesn't like the "rude" bit.
With mishaps aplenty and hilarious characters throughout (it's hard to name my favourite, but I love the grumpy umbrella), you'll love this book. It compares in love-ability to the Enid Blyton stories or Winnie The Witch, in my opinion.
Awesome! Keep up the good work!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 20 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback This is a great children's humorous fantasy book ideal for eight years olds to young teens (or adults who are young at heart!). You will fall in love with Gertie the main character that comes from a long line of witches but has yet to get to grips with her ancestry. There are lots of other characters to meet as you read through the book that add fun and frolics along the way; a very enjoyable read.