Witchlet

Rated 4.54/5 based on 13 reviews
In a world where everyone thinks witches are warty old women, a powerful and short tempered 9 year old is trying to find her place in the world, and make amends for something that happened when she was only 3. More

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About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a pair of rats named Skye and Star, a pair of gerbils named Bilbo and Baggins, and four Degus whose names are Jacob, Jasper, Jenks and Joshua.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I didn't let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of being a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing. So now I'm a published author of children's fiction, as well as a couple of poetry collections.

Reading and writing remain my favourite things to do, apart from spending time with my husband, and our rodent gang, of course. I also enjoy doing crafts (such as card making and knitting). Plus, I dabble in things like roleplaying games (such as Dungeons And Dragons) and figure games (such as BattleTech and Monsterpocalypse) from time to time, and enjoy watching movies and TV shows as well as listening to music. On top of that, I have an interest in history, especially stone age and Egyptian history, and in space exploration. I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say "almost" because I'm not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don't exist if they don't come too close to me. My favourite animals are cats, dogs, rodents and horses, though I generally get all soppy over just about any four-legged animal; especially young ones. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become a vegetarian, as it's hard to enjoy a meal when you feel sorry for it.

Personality wise I’d describe myself as a combination of Hermione and Luna from the Harry Potter books; Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it.

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Reviews

Review by: Gita V.Reddy on May 15, 2014 :
Even a witchlet, an apt word to define a nine year old witch, needs to be her own person. She needs acceptance, and unconditional love.
The story is told well and does not at all flow along expected lines. i found it very enjoyable. The book will also work as a bedtime read aloud story..
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michael Morris on April 27, 2014 :
A very charming story for children with a relevent theme. I like the vegetarian dragon, but I should point out that it is "animals" that vegetarians don't eat, not "meat". Calling them "meat" buys into the carnist world view.

The style could be improved with a bit more proofreading; a few repeated words and phrases here or there, but overall a very readable fantasy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: David Staniforth on March 26, 2014 :
This is the charming story of Paige, a nine year old girl who is struggling to fit in because she happens to be a witch. While I do think the story could be longer, in particular an encounter that Paige has with a vegetarian dragon, I have to take into account that it is written for children, and is a perfect length and depth of prose for an introduction to fantasy for a young reader.

Well worth a read for those with young children, or for adults that still have that child within.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monica Call on Nov. 16, 2013 :
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this sweet story! I plan on letting my 7 yo daughter read it, she will love it! It is about a 9 year old little girl that is a very powerful witch. She deals with people not treating her with the respect she feels she deserves because she is so young as well as an Aunt that despises her for a mistake she made when she was 3. Witchlet teaches about acceptance of others, even when they are very different than the so-called "norm".
People of all ages will enjoy this story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma White on Oct. 30, 2013 :
I got this book as a read for review.

I did not realise how short this book was when I said I would read it. It was too short for my liking. If it was inlcuded in a book of short stories then it would be good, but as one by itself I was not too keen. I am not a short story fan. The writing was good and the idea behind the story was inspired, if the author had put more thought into and wrote a full length book I can almost garentee that it would become a favourite of mine. But as it is, I will not be reading it again. Sorry. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but the length is an issue I cannot look past.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Jan. 07, 2013 :
Have you ever noticed that when you hear the term 'Witch', you automatically think of a grey haired, gaunt-faced, warty, scary old woman who wears a black, long sleeved dress with an equally black, tall pointed hat, gets about by riding on a willow garden-brush type broom and is usually accompanied by a black cat?

Paige is none of these things, she is 9 years old, has long blonde hair, dresses in normal clothes, travels by foot, or, if in a hurry, gets the wind to fly her and has a vegetarian Dragon called Daisy as a friend!

This is a pleasant little introduction to the Magical Chapters Trilogy, well thought out and written in a descriptive, Hans Christian Anderson like, language children will understand and can use to allow their imaginations to take hold.

Even though I am well past my sell-by date, the child in me is looking forward to reading Victoria's next book in the series, The Pineapple Loving Dragon.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rafaella Litvin on Jan. 05, 2013 :
A very nice little story about magic and acceptance. The storytelling is fluid and suited to the genre. It is impossible not to like the witchlet Paige, rolling her eyes at people and not wanting to have a curfew. I'm sure every kid would love the read. And isn't there a kid in all of us?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emma Jackson on Jan. 05, 2013 :
Paige is only nine years old but she is a powerful witch, able to control the elements and heal people. That should be any young girls dream but either people can't believe she is capable of such magic because she is so young or they expect her to be evil. This children's book deals with Paige's frustration and how she learns to handle other peoples prejudices.

Using very concise and clear prose, Witchlet tells a well developed story and provides a good character arc for Paige. She is very believable as both a frustrated little girl and powerful witch. I liked the idea of a child witch not only learning to cope with her powers but how the adults around her behave and I think this would appeal to kids whilst also being thought-provoking. The book leads to a satisfactory conclusion whilst also introducing characters of interest for the rest of the series.

The only reason I could not give a full five stars is because I am not the target audience, being an adult and therefore it is difficult for me to judge how much a child would enjoy the book. I think it would have been lovely if there were some pictures to illustrate the story as it would be great to see Paige calling up and riding the wind but at the same time there is plenty of description to create the image in your own mind.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karl Mousley on Sep. 06, 2012 :
Victoria has an intriguing outlook on life- and her stories have that unique perspective. Highly recommended!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Fletcher on July 12, 2012 :
Loved this story about a young witch and her trials and tribulations as she struggles to gain acceptance. A story that emphasises the difficultly of crosses boundaries and preconceptions, well written, descriptive and captures the imagination. I hope there is more to come about this little young witch! Well done Tori!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Betty White on June 26, 2012 :
This is a great story. I highly reccommend buying it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: muriel rowe on June 03, 2012 :
A trully lovely little story, well done victoria, and i love the cover, so well done on the cover as well.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Portman on June 02, 2012 :
A lovely little book. Enjoyed reaing it. Victoria has a unique way of telling stories. Will definately watch for more from this author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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