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The Hotel Witch

Sometimes the simplest spells are the most powerful.

Sibyl is the apprentice hotel witch at the splendid Grand Mirror Hotel.

She is busy each day drawing useful spell patterns to keep the hotel guests happy: spells to shine shoes, spells to remove dust and spells to return lost belongings like hats and gloves to their owners.

But Sibyl dreams of other possibilities – wonderful possibilities like her mother returning from the Black Mountains, and like Grandma letting her draw spell patterns from the Book of Advanced and Dangerous Magic.

When Grandma gets stuck in last Tuesday, somewhere on the hotel’s thirteenth floor, Sibyl is left to take charge of all the hotel magic – and to solve a mysterious and perplexing problem.

Can she find a way to open the Book of Advanced and Dangerous Magic?

And will it contain the spell she needs?

The Hotel Witch is a magical tale of courage, love and the power of imagining possibilities.


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Jessica Miller
About the Author

Jessica Miller is a children’s writer from Brisbane, currently living in London. Her first novel, Elizabeth and Zenobia, was shortlisted for the Text Prize and the Readings Prize and was a CBCA Notable Book, as was her second book, The Republic of Birds.

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Praise for Jessica Miller
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‘This story crackles with clever magic and page-turning escapades, but it also contains an artful wisdom about self-belief and a giant heart. Book yourself a room in the Grand Mirror Hotel as soon as possible.’

‘With a cast of larger-than-life characters that almost pop off the page, The Hotel Witch is the wonderfully imaginative new adventure from Jessica Miller…delivering a charming lesson in self-belief and independence… [A] tremendously fun and funny tale.’

The Republic of Birds shows the universal loss of beauty and magic when power is mishandled. And she does this through an unassuming heroine who spectacularly charts her own path.’

‘A truly spellbinding tale…from a magnificently talented author that is sure to delight any reader who loves getting lost in magical landscapes full of wonder, adventure and enchantment.’

‘A lonely girl, a creepy house, spirit presences and long-ago mysteries—I’m completely in love with this novel.’

‘An entertaining and engrossing adventure for upper primary readers who will enjoy some scary moments, and can watch Elizabeth’s growing self-confidence.’

‘This magical novel for primary years students will no doubt become a favourite.’

‘[The Hotel Witch] is a magical, fun tale with exciting imagery that allows the story to come alive.’

‘Filled with an exotic array of magical characters and an intriguing, well-paced plot…[The Hotel Witch] bubbles with mystery and humour…[and] Sibyl is completely relatable to young readers.’

‘A fun and fast-moving novel, The Hotel Witch is a light-hearted and whimsical tale for everyone that has ever found themselves lost in daydreams and possibilities…A lovely, magical book about overcoming obstacles and accepting yourself for who you truly are…Must read.’

‘Imaginative [and] entertaining…Jessica Miller has created a range of quirky characters and vividly depicted the ornate grand hotel setting…Readers who enjoy fantasy will find something appealing upon every page.’

‘A delicious magical tale of young witches, old witches, enchanted spells and friendship, The Hotel Witch will leave readers totally bewitched…Beautifully written with a magical adventure on every page.’

‘[A] clever magical mystery with great worldbuilding and an intriguing cast of characters…A fun, whimsical tale about love, family, determination, and the power of imagination.’

‘Jessica Miller has given readers a magical narrative full of wonderful characters.’

‘A charming, heartwarming tale of courage and patience.’

‘A beautiful story about adventure, mystery and determination. Filled with spells, magic and strong family connections, this story is one to capture your attention and fill you with joy…Jessica Miller has written a wonderful story that will keep the audience captivated and enchanted.’

‘A very enjoyable and cosy story…This was a delightful read; I especially loved the quirky and unique characters at the hotel. I definitely recommend this book.’

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  • The Hotel Witch
    ISBN: 9781922791238
    7 March 2023
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