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Everyone knows that orphanages are horrible places. But Earwig has a surprising amount of power over everyone else at St Morwald’s Home for Children, and loves it there. So the last thing she wants is to be sent to live with the very strange Bella Yaga…

Earwig was left at St Morwald’s as a baby. Unlike the other children, she loves it there, mostly because she has the run of the place and seems to be able to persuade people to do as she wants. Then one day Earwig is chosen to live with a very strange couple: Bella Yaga, her new ‘mother’, is actually a horrible witch. Earwig will need all her ingenuity (and some help from a talking cat) to survive…

With terrific line drawings that perfectly complement Diana’s witty, magical story, this is sure to appeal to a new generation of fans.

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  1. Lilystar1133
    on 6 March 2014

    I’ve never really known who earwig was since her mum Only left a noté from her Only saying earwigs name and i think about 13 witches were after her. This book is quite similar to the worst witch books Only because it has things about witches and spells. Except that this story is about how a witch adopted a girl called earwig and that witch is Very cruel to her. You’ll have to read the story to find out more! I Rated this 4 out of 5.

    4out of 5
  2. BonBon7
    on 29 April 2012

    I thought it was interesting and funny book. It was easy to read.

    5out of 5
  3. indigobeam
    on 4 March 2012

    I think this book had a strong storyline, it was funny at times and the characters were realistic, yet mysterious.

  4. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    a lovely book

  5. 2533becky
    on 2 March 2012

    Everyone knows that orphanages are horrible places. But Earwig is perfectly happy at St Morwald’s Home for Children. For a start, unlike other bullied orphans in stories, she always seems to get her own way! So the last thing she wants is to be i like it sent to live with the very strange Bella Yaga – who is actually a wicked witch! Like all wicked witches, she wants a little girl as a servant. But what she doesn’t know is that Earwig has some magical talents of her own. With the help of a talking cat and a spell or two, Earwig means to give that nasty witch a jolly big surprise! Combining fantastic illustrations with a witty and magical story, this delightful novel by Diana Wynne Jones will enchant a new generation of fans

  6. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 23 February 2012

    Earwig and Custard are friends who met at an orphanage. It was a day where they all line up and see what child the new parents want to take home. This lady with blue hair, purple lipstick and different colour eyes came in with a man who had square face but instead of pointed corners, he had curved corners who was dressed all in black with horns on his head. Earwig never wanted to leave the orphanage so she always tried to pull a face to put them off. But this couple thought the face was perfect so they decided to take her. Earwig wasn’t happy at all with this and pleaded not to go but they didn’t care.

    Earwig and her new family went to her new home which was a bungalow. At first it looked like a normal house but the more she looked around it wasn’t normal at all!

    Then Earwig found out that her new parents weren’t normal either! The lady was a witch named Bella Yaga and the man was called Mandrake who put daemons in the garden so she couldn’t escape. She also found out that all the witch wanted was for Earwig to be her slave. The witch would feed Earwig worms but the cat could talk so he told Earwig how to make a potion to make the witch stop feeding her worms.

    Bella Yaga kept ssaying ‘I need an extra pair of hands – that’s why you’re there!’ after she promised to teach Earwig some magic. So Earwig researched and found a potion for an extra pair of hands but while making the potion she got mixed up and had a hand on her head and on in her mouth!

    Do the family ever get along or not?

    My favourite part was when Earwig couldn’t see where she was putting her hand and put one on her forehead and one in her mouth!

    Earwig was my favourite character because she’s a bit like me. She knows how to get her way around things.

    What age group? 6-9

    Girl or boy? Probably more towards girls but some boys would enjoy it.

    5 out of 5 stars Read it in one go and didn’t want to put it down!

    Charlotte, age 9