MAGIC AND... LOTS OF TROUBLE
SO, I WARN YOU: DON’T USE THE LAST DOOR ON THE RIGHT.
Strange things are happening in Miriam’s class. Someone’s hair catches fire, someone else’s teeth turn blue. And a storm breaks out during the maths test.
Miriam finds out that Priscilla Applepot, the new girl sitting next to her, is responsible.
And she’s also a witch.
The little witch can’t control her powers properly, and she’s supposed to hide them from the Non-Magickers – the humans. She lives in a magical house with her parents and Bartholomeus, a barn owl who can turn into a boy. Priscilla and Bartholomeus drag Miriam into a whirlwind of bizarre adventures, including bats to groom, temperamental mummies, and a strange Last Door on the Right, which opens onto a different world to explore every time.
Tackles the themes of friendship and accepting diversity in a fun way
Priscilla is an inexperienced little witch and her emotions always get her into trouble. When she laughs too much, she gets taller. When she’s afraid, she turns invisible. When she’s angry, she starts storms. When her mood changes, so does the colour of her eyes. Miriam is intrigued and amused by the magical world, but she’s also a little scared of it, because it’s difficult to fully understand. By experiencing each other’s worlds, the two will learn more and enjoy an unforgettable adventure.
When she was at university Gisella Laterza started working with the “Corriere della Sera” newspaper. An editor advised her: “If you want to do this job well, you have to hunt for stories, step after step, wearing your shoes out”. Since then, she has never stopped writing and travelling. If possible, on foot and if possible, getting lost. In 2018 she was selected from participants in the A Caccia di Storie (Do you have a Story?) competition, a contest to find new writers and great book ideas, and started working for Book on a Tree. Her latest books include the Doctor Jackie and Miss Haide series (Piemme, 2021), written with Giada Pavesi.