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Toby and the Silver Blood Witches by Sally Doherty

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Publisher: Soaring Skies Publishing

Length: 240 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Age Category: Middle Grade

Date Published: 5 July 2021


A sinister plot. A hidden city in the sky. A boy with an impossible choice.

Twelve year old Toby has little time for friends or football since his mum fell ill. All he wants is to stay at home and keep an eye on her.

But mysterious things are happening beyond his garden hedge. Who is the figure at the window behind the barbed wire fence? And why is there a strange woman in his attic with a broken broom and bothersome pet bat?

Toby becomes entangled in an adventure of flying dogs, sparking hiccups and dangerous escapes. An innocent, young witch has been captured by a secretive organisation which will stop at nothing to find out how magic works. Toby must rescue her and time is running out.

Author Bio

Sally Doherty lives in leafy Surrey with her husband and three-legged (but speedy) rescue dog. After studying French and German at university, she worked for a year in London before unexpectedly falling ill with M.E. Being stuck at home and often in bed for sixteen years, however, has lit a cauldron of stories bubbling inside her imagination.

Sally’s debut book and the first in a trilogy, TOBY AND THE SILVER BLOOD WITCHES, was a finalist for The Wishing Shelf Awards 2021 and shortlisted for both The Selfies and The Rubery Book Awards 2022.

Website and newsletter:

Twitter: @Sally_writes

Instagram: @sallydohertywrites

Middle Grade Books will always have a special place in my heart and on my shelves because through these writers can build amazing worlds, characters, adventures and still have room to discuss topics not normally seen and Sally does that and more.

I know the kind of impact she will have on young carers and people who have ME because when I read a book about my health condition not only did I feel seen but felt like I had the strength and courage to live with my condition.

Toby as a main character was a cherub and I felt his emotions throughout the story. Now we have to talk about the witch's world and how magical it was. I mean how magical is a Goldenretrieagle.

This is all I am going to say about this wonderful book except to say I will be continuing on with the series and can't wait to see what happens next.

For all the above reasons I am giving Toby and the Silver Blood Witches 4 stars.

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