first prize for the worst witch

“I am a hopeless case – everything I do always does go wrong in the end.”

Mildred Hubble may be the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s the best friend you’ll ever have.


Summer term has started at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and somehow the disaster-prone Mildred has made it to Year Four.

Even though everyone knows her as the Worst Witch in the School, she’s secretly set her sights on winning the school’s highest honour.

Yes, Mildred wants to be Head Girl!

Can she stay out of trouble and prove to everyone that even the worst witch can turn her fortunes around?
Not if her arch-enemy Ethel Hallow has anything to do with it…

‘The Worst Witch is back – and it’s as subtly feminist as ever’ – New Statesman

Read the rest of Mildred’s (mis)adventures: The Worst Witch, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day, The Worst Witch to the Rescue and The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star.


I love the worst witch books. I grew up watching the original series, I love reading these to relive the memories of going home from school and getting engrossed in Cackles Academy.

This one did not disappoint. Mildred was up to her old tricks, she always has the best intentions, just something always goes wrong. Her friends always try to talk her out of her mad plans but never manage. I love how her charm is even growing on Hardbroom.

I do sometimes feel a little sorry for Ethel, is often mean and cruel but she is just trying to live up to her family’s name.

I think the next enstallment is the last and I cannot wait.

4 out of 5 stars