Most girls dream of being a princess, but Bella Donna has always longed to be a witch.
The only thing she wants more is to find a family to take her out of the children’s home where she lives.
But no one seems quite right - until she meets Lilith.Read More
Too Many Spells
Bella Donna appears to be a regular girl at a regular school with her regular friends, but she has a secret – she is really a young witch!
She’s working hard at learning her spells, and is desperate to win the Spell-Casting Contest. But when strange things start happening at school, Bella begins to wonder if she can really control her magic . . .Read More
Bella Donna is a witchling – a young witch who must keep her powers a secret, and only use magic when she’s at home in the enchanted Coven Road.
But it’s hard to stick to the rules when magic is such fun. There are so many things Bella can’t quite resist, like flying on her broomstick and trying out some very special spells . . .Read More
Bella Donna’s favourite cat has always been Pegatha, who loves to sleep on her bed and follow Bella around like a little shadow.
But then Pegatha begins to behave very strangely, and soon Bella realises that someone has cast a spell on her!
But why would anyone bewitch a cat?Read More
Bella Donna is very excited to be going to her very first Witch Camp
but when everything starts to go wrong, someone must have cast a spell - but who?Read More
About Ruth Symes
I’ve written books for adults and children of all ages – two have been optioned for film and TV. They’ve also been read on TV, radio and included in the national reading library for the Blind. My books have been translated into many languages (French, German, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Polish etc).
My adult memoir, “The Puppy That Came For Christmas …” (published by Penguin Nov 2010) is a Sunday Times Best Seller and has been serialised in the national press. The book will be published internationally in the new year.
I regularly run workshops at children’s literature festivals (e.g. Narberth Children’s Literature Festival , Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, Wychwood Music Festival etc).
The Puppy that Came for Christmas is published in Slovakian
Puffin, the publishers of The Great Escape, have put some related children’s activities on their website
The Winners of the Scribbler Great Escape competition have been announced
Winners of the National Pet Month competition have been announced
I’ve teamed up with Puffin to offer readers a chance to name a character in my next book