Bradley Chalkers IS the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him--except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . .
Remember the classic fairy tales? Stories of witches and goblins, dragons and heroes, a world full of magic. For Grimolda Grizz, Witch Extraordinaire, those were not bedtime stories, she actually took part in them. Those were the best years of her life, she was beginning to realise. Now, as she sat in her rocking chair staring at her cat Grimpuss staring back at her, she was gradually going off her head with boredom. The trouble was that no-one believed in witches any more. The modern lifestyle had made her redundant. Science had taken the place of spells and potions. If she put an ad. in the local rag offering spells and potions for sale, two for the price of one, she would probably be arrested! Because people just thought she was a cranky old woman. What to do? She couldn't just give in. It wasn't in her nature. Not for nothing had she been given in the past the title Grimolda Grizz W.E. (Witch Extraordinaire) Most of the things people nowadays seemed to like in their lives were pretty useless, she thought, but occasionally, when flying past a window, she would see blinking away, a black box, which seemed to show never ending images, colours and noises. Maybe she could buy one of these. There might be more to them than met the eye. It might alleviate the boredom a bit. And so, unexpectedly, began a series of events that were to change her life, and that of her shadow Grimpuss, who was never far from her side. She was back on track! With Grimolda Grizz Witch Extraordinaire, author Avril Gilmore Blamire blends the whimsy and adventure of classic fairy tales with a brilliantly funny description of life in modern society. A perfect read for both children and adults, Blamire weaves a contemporary story from classical fantasy that makes for an adventure like no other.