Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One)

Celine Kiernan / Children's

Book cover

UK Publisher

Walker Books

Date Published

February 1st, 2018


Storia Books (Romanian)

Dramatic Rights


A middle-grade fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge, Katherine Rundell and Sally Gardner. On the night that Aunty dies the Raggedy Witches come for Mup’s mam. Pale, cold, relentless, they will do anything to coax Mam back to Witches Borough. When they kidnap Mup’s dad, Mup and her mam must leave the mundane world to rescue him. But Mam is strange on this side of the border – striding, powerful, and distant. Even if they can save Dad, Mup is not sure anything will ever be the same again…


Travel to the Glittering Land with Mup and her mates—you’ll emerge streaming with magic and half-transformed into some other creature.

- Margo Lanagan

Ireland's answer to JK Rowling.

- Sunday Independent

The loveliest children’s fantasy book I’ve read in a while ... Wonderful in every sense of the word

- Kate Forsyth (Author of The Impossible Quest)

Deliver[s] readers an unexpected twist of richness. It's fortunate a trilogy is planned, for readers will surely demand more.

- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A powerful, wild fantasy-adventure tale [...] From its gripping opening […] to the last page, Kiernan’s writing is wonderfully confident, and swells with colour and magic and passion. […] Unmissable!”

- Irish Independent

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