Caution: Witch in Progress

Caution: Witch in Progress by Lynne North

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Gertie Grimthorpe is born into a society of witches and grows up in Vile Vale, but there is something very wrong with her… she is beautiful and couldn’t be nasty if she tried. When she finds out that she is to attend a private academy for magical children, Gertie hopes to find her witchy way in the world. With a moat monster suffering from stomach ache, a short-sighted owl familiar and mishaps galore, Gertie’s adventures are hilarious and heartwarming. Join Gertie as she struggles with growing up (and longing to grow her first wart), learning magic and working out how to deal with a grumpy enchanted umbrella, named Bat. “What a wonderful read this book is! Fun and laughter from beginning to end. Are we getting anymore ‘Gertie’ books? Can’t wait!” – Amazon Review

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10 thoughts on “Caution: Witch in Progress

  1. I know I can’t write about my own book, but I would like to share the following review!Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers’ Favorite

    In Caution: Witch in Progress by Lynne North, we meet Gertie who comes from a long line of witches, the kind with a wart on the end of their crooked nose. However, Gertie’s appearance is a bit of a disappointment; her nose is straight without any signs of a wart, her skin is a normal healthy color and she was not born with sharp pointy teeth. The residents of Vile Vale are all witches and warlocks and they were shocked to see a “normal” child in their midst.

    Gertie is a pleasant, loving child with great compassion for others — including toads. When Gertie goes to a special private school for supernatural children, she meets some very odd characters: a talking grouchy umbrella named Bat, a toad named Wart, an owl with eye problems, and a monster with a tummy ache. Gertie doesn’t fit in very well with the other students but does make one friend, Bertha. Gertie has all the qualities humans could possibly want in their child: beauty, kindness, and compassion. She isn’t very good at casting spells –- which is tough when you are a witch.

    I absolutely love this tale. Gertie is a character with personality that jumps off the page. Readers will find they are laughing out loud at some of the antics. Caution: Witch in Progress by Lynne North is a tale about growing up. Poor Gertie faces the same situations that children face every day, the struggle to fit in. I can easily see this becoming a popular series. I hope the author will expand this idea into a whole series of books, movies, and toys.

  2. I bought this for my grandchildren and decided to read a little of it before I handed it over. Ended up reading it all! Wonderful book, entertaining, funny and with characters that you instantly take to. I would recommend it for the young, or young at heart!

  3. I originally picked up this fun, amusing story as a birthday present for my ten-year-old niece, but I made the mistake of reading the first pages when it was delivered and then had to go out to buy my own copy so I could finish the story. The second copy has made great reading for the grandkids when they come for a visit.

    Gertie Grimthorpe comes from a long line of witches, but unfortunately she’s never really fit in the witch community. She doesn’t look like all the other witches, and all the characteristics the community associates with them, hooked noses, pointed chin, and not such pleasant personalities. Gertie is beautiful and a genuinely nice person. But Gertie wants to fit in, even hoping she’ll soon grow her first wart. Her mother decides she might get things moving along if she sends her daughter to a school for witches, hoping she’ll at least learn how to concoct a simple spell without having it backfire.

    Lynne North did a great job, this quirky cast of characters fun and easy to picture as we follow Gertie in her quest to become a ‘real’ witch. Several places had me laughing out loud. For any of those with tweens, you can’t go wrong with this one, and even for those who are a little older (or a lot, like me), and still embrace the child that lives inside them.

  4. I would like to share another review with you from the wonderful, talented, Mr Piers Anthony!

    I read Caution: Witch in Progress, by Lynne North. Ghostly Publishing This is a children’s fantasy featuring a girl, Gertie, born into a witch family, who doesn’t show signs of being witchy. That’s awkward. When she tries at least to get a decent wart by rubbing a warty toad and saying a spell, poof! the toad loses all its warts. Finally they send her off to witch’s school and surprise, she loves it. Most of the novel is about the classes she takes and what she is learning, such as how to Grimace, shoot fire from her fingers, levitate objects, and other routine spells. Her best friend there loves to eat beyond all else, and Gertie’s studying ways tend to alienate her from classmates. One show-off summons a demon he then doesn’t know how to banish, which is trouble because only the summoner can properly banish it, and the demon has an ugly attitude. Some demons are like that. But in the end Gertie comes through with one of those surprises that makes perfect sense in retrospect. It’s interesting and fun, and its age-level should like it.
    Piers Anthony

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