Lucy's mum is always busy, going to this meeting and that, leaving Lucy alone in their old house with one strict rule: NO MAGIC. Lucy doesn't mean to conjure the giant green slug. She only wanted a friendly kitten to keep her company. Now, with the help of a talking spellbook and a grumpy cat called Thomas, she must race to get rid of the slug before it eats the prized cabbage garden of the witch next door - and before her mum gets home. A lively, entertaining story for young readers. AGES: 6 to 9

Lucy Newton, Little Witch by Phoebe McArthur