What is the book about?
Hecate Tenbury-Smith aka Heckie is a good witch who wants to make the world a better place. Her magical powers which reside in her Toe of Transformation and her Knuckle of Power can turn nasty people into animals. Along with a few other witches and wizards and a couple of local kids, Heckie forms "The Wellbridge Wickedness Hunters." However, a scheming furrier named Lionel Knacksap is about to mess things up. Can Heckie's friends rescue her?
What keeps it ticking?
A plot with many twists and turns, a main character whom the reader cares about, and a hateful villain whom the reader can't wait to see vanquished. Plus loads of humor.
An extract perhaps?
"'Now to business,' said Heckie when they had paid and gone through the turnstile. 'You know what we're looking for?'
'An animal that's fierce?'
'Well, not so much fierce as powerful. Mean. Strange and perhaps a little throbbing; that kind of thing.'
But the sea lions, lying about like old sofas, did not look very mean or throbbing, and nor did the giraffes with their knock knees and film-star eyes. They passed the aviary and though the cassowary looked interesting with its flabby black wattles and dirty feet, Heckie did not think she really wanted a bird."
Another Eva Ibbotson book?
The Secret of Platform 13