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Martha Mayhem and the Witch from the Ditch

Martha Mayhem

Looking for a magical new series for your children? Welcome to the wacky world and adventures of Martha Mayhem

About the book (for ages 5-7)

Martha Mayhem (real name: Martha May) is always causing chaos! She just can't help it, chaotic things seem to happen to her. Martha lives in the small village of Cherry Hillsbottom with her eccentric grandfather Professor Gramps and her small pet hog Elvis.

Life soon gets really exciting when, on her way to school one day, she discovers a rather bedraggled-looking witch in a ditch. Griselda Gritch (the witch) tells a thrilled and alarmed Martha that she has accidentally let loose a ghastly ghoul – and Martha is going to have to help her to get it back again! Griselda, though, is a rather grumpy and difficult accomplice. Can Martha, with the help of Gramps, Elvis and her best friend Jack (AKA Scrambled Egg Head), retrieve the ghoul and prove herself to Griselda?

Praise for the author

“Joanne Owen has fashioned a fascinating piece of children's fiction… Puppet Master feels timeless, like fairytales and fever dreams.” – S F Said, The Guardian

“Owen is a terrific storyteller.” – The Daily Telegraph

About the author

Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen, born in Pembrokeshire in Wales and now living in North London, has previously published two Young Adult novels. Set in nineteenth-century Prague, Puppet Master blends the magic of marionette theatre with Czech folklore. Her second novel, The Alchemist and the Angels is a fantastical, historical epic also set in Prague, this time amongst the plague-ridden ghettos and decadent court of mad Emperor Rudolf.

You can follow Joanne on Facebook or on Twitter @JoanneOwen

Book giveaway

We ask all winners to share their child's thoughts on the book. Everyone who posts their detailed feedback by midday, 25 September will be entered into a draw to win a £100 Love2shop voucher.

Buy the book now on Amazon

This giveaway is sponsored by Piccadilly Press