“Now Filly, listen carefully. I will tell you how each of the items in the box will help you make it through the weekend. There shall be lots of magic I expect, and in order for you to keep up, you must remember your spells and use what has been sent to you. Let’s start with the red and dark blue cloak. When the red side of the cloak is worn outwards you can use it to become invisible, of course a red surface is required. The blue side will help you land when you fly, so you can glide to the floor with dignity, rather than making a crash landing with a thump. Landing in a heap is considered most unladylike dear,”
“Most undignified if you’re a cat also,” Tabasco added,
“Now these pink slippers will help you jump, and lastly this dry old twig is to be your very own sparkly wand. In itself it is a lesson in believing. Remember you should carry and wear everything always,” Grandma finished.
“That old twig’s a wand?” Filly questioned, picking it up and shaking it hard; sure enough, sparkles filled the room. Tabasco was not to delighted to see the sparkles but the three white mice that raced for safety definitely got his attention.
“Now Filly it only has so many sparkles in it, so use it wisely. It may look like just an old twig to you, but if I know the Witches Council, it will not let you down.”
Young witchlin Filly Tucker has a problem. In order to earn her wand, she must master her basic spells before her tenth birthday. In a cozy cottage where she lives with her Grandma—a famous witch extraordinaire—and her ornery magic cat, Tabasco, Filly struggles to get even the simplest spell right.
One afternoon, as Filly arrives home from rolling down grassy hills with her friends, she discovers a large cardboard box outside her front door—waiting to transport her to the home of the terrible Twissle twins, known for their unruly, madcap lifestyle and obnoxious spells. As the Twissle twins rely on their horrid personalities and crazy tricks to create green meatballs, coax a dozen Canadian geese to soar around the chandelier, and convince a cat who thinks he is a cowboy to ride around the room on the back of a flying Dalmatian dog, Filly realizes she should have paid better attention while learning her spells.
Filly quickly learns that it is up to her to make things right, but she needs to master her spells first. Only time will tell if Filly Tucker will ever earn her wand.
About the Author
Mary Barr is a long-time writer and artist who creates vibrant oils, designs jewelry, and writes children’s literature. The author of The Ditch Dog and The Hedge Cat, she currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.