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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007364717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007364718
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Nimmo lives in a converted watermill in Wales. Her husband, David, is a painter and print-maker, and all three of her children speak Welsh fluently. She finds Wales, a land of legends, a very inspiring place to live.

For as long as she can remember, Jenny has loved books. At boarding school, reading was her way to overcome loneliness or boredom. However, she is aware that not everyone finds reading comes easily, and feels passionately that every child should have all the help they need, and access to as many books as they want.

In 1986 her book, The Snow Spider, won the Smarties Grand Prix, and in 1987 it was awarded the Tir na n-Og by the Welsh Arts Council. She wrote the sequels, Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier, because she was unable to let go of the characters in The Snow Spider, and needed to find out what would become of them. She enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. The Rinaldi Ring, was chosen as Guardian Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a commendation.

Jenny's latest books are part of the very successful Children of The Red King series. There are already seven books to enjoy, Midnight For Charlie Bone, The Time Twister (winner of Askew's Spotlight Award) The Blue Boa, The Castle of Mirrors, The Hidden King and The Wilderness Wolf, Charlie Bone and The Shadow of Badlock. The series will conclude in autumn 2009 with the eighth book.

Find out more about Charlie Bone at www.charlie-bone.com


Titles published by Egmont by Jenny Nimmo:

The Strongest Girl In The World
Hot Dog, Cool Cat
Ill Will, Well Nell

Delilah and the Dogspell
Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs
Delilah Alone
Seth and the Strangers

Tatty Apple
Ultramarine
The Snow Spider
The Chestnut Soldier
Emlyn's Moon
The Bronze Trumpeter
Griffin's Castle

Milo's Wolves
The Rinaldi Ring

Telling Tales Series
Jenny Nimmo by Wendy Cooling

The Children of the Red King Series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
The Time Twister
The Blue Boa
The Castle of Mirrors
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf
Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (Sept 08)

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‘How can you tell if a person’s a witch?’ asks Theo.
‘It isn’t easy, but there is a way. Witches’ tears turn to crystal as soon as they fall. Only thing is, witches don’t cry or hardly ever.’

In freezing hail and howling wind, a stranger is given shelter at Theo’s house – a stranger who loves telling stories and whose name is Mrs Scarum. Theo is convinced she’s witch and wishes his father would return home from his travels. But the blizzard continues and the night is long… there may be tears before morning.

A gentle yet wonderfully atmospheric story from an award-winning author.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jenny Nimmo has been an actor, researcher, floor-manager and script editor for children’s television. Her first book The Bronze Trumpeter was published in 1975. The Snow Spider won the Tir na N’Og award and the Smarties Grand Prix. Jenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire and now lives in Wales with her artist husband and three bi-lingual children.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Marks on 9 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
My five year old son loved this book, as did I, and have happily read it a few times. My son is captivated with 'witches', but this is the most creative and endearing witch story we have read. It is not full of stereotypes, leaves space for the imagination, and honours childrens thoughts and feelings about the universe. This is a warm and compassionate story that I believe, highlights two different attitudes to life. One can be slightly cynical and afraid, or one can have an open and light heart. It shows kids its worth keeping an open mind, and that can only be a good thing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
A wonderfully moving story, my children love it nearly as much as i do ;-) Jenny Nimmo can write a lot in a few sentances, letting out a lot of the story in a short space. A firm favorite in our home!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carole B. Miller on 14 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I read The Witch's Tears to my multicomposite P1-7 class and they absolutely loved it - even the oldest readers. They were begging me to read the next chapter! Emerging and confident readers would manage to read this on their own. It also inspired lots of writing lessons from prediction to character descriptions. The whole concept of witches crying crystals is ingenious and you are never quite sure whether the Witch is a good witch or a bad witch or even a witch at all - you're kept guessing and that's a good thing! I've spoken to others about this book and I don't think I've found anyone who hasn't enjoyed it!
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