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Ms Wiz Spells Trouble Paperback – 13 Sep 1996


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (13 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330347632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330347631
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first in the brilliant Ms Wiz series!

About the Author

Terence Blacker is one of a small number of authors who write for both adults and children. His many popular children's novels include PARENTSWAP, BOY2GIRL ('I roared with laughter' said Amanda Craig in The Times), THE TRANSFER, THE ANGEL FACTORY and the best-selling MS WIZ series. He is a journalist and a critic, both in print and on the radio, and writes a weekly topical column in the Independent newspaper. He lives in Norfolk in a house he converted from a goose hatchery.

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It looked like St. Barnabas School would never be the same once Miss Wisdom showed up. Ms. Wiz was some strange right down to her "black nail varnish," something that was really out of the ordinary. Well, if you asked Class Three, she was really rather extraordinary. No one wanted to deal with the "Disruptive Element" in their class, but there new teacher was kind of different. Everyone said she was a witch, but Ms. Wiz described herself as a "Paranormal Operative." She had Hectate the Cat who kept an eye on the class and knew everything that was going on. And then there was her magic rat, Herbert.

There was magic in the air in Class Three, but no one outside the classroom door knew about it. Even though nosy Miss Hicks and Miss Gomaz tried to peek through the window, they couldn't see. "The magic," she explained "only works if nobody knows about it." Wild things were happening, including the fact that Katrita "flew around the class three times on a vacuum cleaner." Ah, yes, but all those disruptive kids began to do really well in school. Mr. Gilbert, the head teacher, was none too happy with Ms. Wiz and was going to get rid of that disgraceful teacher at the end-of-term prize giving. Was it going to be the end of the magic in Class Three or would they be able to do something about it?

This is the zany, preposterous tale of Ms. Wiz young readers will love. Of course everyone loves the a good tale with a little magic and Ms. Wiz doesn't fail to perform. She's got Hectate the Cat, Herbert the rat, and Archemedes the owl, each with their special appeal.
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This is the zany, preposterous tale of Ms. Wiz young readers will love ... 30 April 2014
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
It looked like St. Barnabas School would never be the same once Miss Wisdom showed up. Ms. Wiz was some strange right down to her "black nail varnish," something that was really out of the ordinary. Well, if you asked Class Three, she was really rather extraordinary. No one wanted to deal with the "Disruptive Element" in their class, but there new teacher was kind of different. Everyone said she was a witch, but Ms. Wiz described herself as a "Paranormal Operative." She had Hectate the Cat who kept an eye on the class and knew everything that was going on. And then there was her magic rat, Herbert.

There was magic in the air in Class Three, but no one outside the classroom door knew about it. Even though nosy Miss Hicks and Miss Gomaz tried to peek through the window, they couldn't see. "The magic," she explained "only works if nobody knows about it." Wild things were happening, including the fact that Katrita "flew around the class three times on a vacuum cleaner." Ah, yes, but all those disruptive kids began to do really well in school. Mr. Gilbert, the head teacher, was none too happy with Ms. Wiz and was going to get rid of that disgraceful teacher at the end-of-term prize giving. Was it going to be the end of the magic in Class Three or would they be able to do something about it?

This is the zany, preposterous tale of Ms. Wiz young readers will love. Of course everyone loves the a good tale with a little magic and Ms. Wiz doesn't fail to perform. She's got Hectate the Cat, Herbert the rat, and Archemedes the owl, each with their special appeal. The segue into the next in the series claims that she will "go wherever a little magic is needed," and indeed she shows right up when Jack Beddows, a boy in Class Three needs her. Ms. Wiz, of course is British and there are phrases such as "spelt trouble" or "a spot of maths" that may need a bit of explaining. This beginning chapter book can easily be tackled by the newly independent reader. Silly and saucy, but a sure fire kid pleaser!

MS. WIZ:

Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble
In Stitches with Ms. Wiz
In Control, Ms. Wiz?
In Jail, Ms. Wiz?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ages 7 to 9 - Third graders especially 8 May 2014
By E. B. MULLIGAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First in the series, originally published in 1988. Published first in England by a British author the story includes British-English spelling. "Class Five's new teacher wears black nail varnish, she has a talking rat and she can turn parents into warthogs. When Ms Wiz is around, magic - and trouble - are never far away."

While Ms. Wiz also has a cat, she is not a witch - she is a "Paranormal Operative" LOL!

The illustrations are memorable and perfectly in tune with the story and writing.

They are addictive - this is the list from the author's website:
1. Ms Wiz Spells Trouble
2. In Stitches with Ms Wiz
3. You're Nicked, Ms Wiz
4. In Control, Ms Wiz?
5. Ms Wiz Goes Live
6. Ms Wiz Banned!
7. Time Flies for Ms Wiz
8. Power-Crazy Ms Wiz
9. Ms Wiz Loves Dracula
10. You're Kidding, Ms Wiz
11. Ms Wiz, Supermodel
12. Ms Wiz Smells a Rat
13. Ms Wiz and the Sister of Doom
14. Ms Wiz Goes to Hollywood
15. Ms Wiz - Millionaire
16. The Secret Life of Ms Wiz
17. Ms Wiz and the Dog from Outer Space
18. Ms Wiz Rocks
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1st in Ms. Wiz Series 23 May 2014
By Darena Shopz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Ms. Wiz, short for Miss Wisdom, is not a witch but a Paranormal Operative. "We don't call them witches these days. It gives people the wrong idea." She is the new teacher at St. Barnabas School and she has inherited class 3, the problem class. That doesn't worry Ms. Wiz because with her all seeing china cat and magic spells, she'll have them under control in no time.

Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble is the first in the Ms. Wiz book series. The books in Ms. Wiz series are aimed at 7- 9 year olds. I have two boys, ages 7 and 8 so they fit right into that group. My 7 year still gets a little bored at reading chapter books but loves having them read to him. My 8, almost 9 year old loves reading chapter books. The Ms. Wiz books are just right with large type and fair amount of pictures scattered throughout.

Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble is an entertaining book that most children would probably enjoy. I, as a parent don't particularly like that Ms. Wiz is a "paranormal operative" (witch) but we all have different opinions on subjects like that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a huge fan 27 May 2014
By B. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I did not really care for this book and I wouldn't read it with my child. I felt that it had some poor lessons in it. It stars out about talking about how most teachers are strange... when you are working hard to get your kids to respect teachers, I don't think that's a great way to teach. So the teacher, who seems to be a witch, then teaches the kids with her magic, but I find many of the lessons to be poor. Like how she uses magic to cheat and get them to win a game. It shows other teachers in a bad light trying to catch her doing something bad and she retaliates against them. It is extremely short with large print and pictures so even if you like it, it is way shorter than the chapter books. I'll be looking for a different series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Such a fun book - reminded me of Betty MacDonald's Miss Piggle-Wiggle and P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins! 10 Mar. 2014
By Gaby at Starting Fresh blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I ordered Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble because I do enjoy fun middle school books and because I'm always looking out for a good book for my 5 year old niece Sofie.

The books comes in large, easy to read font and with fun illustrations every few pages. It's the sort of book that's fun to read to a child and that I imagine Sofie would be able to read on her own. The voice is fun, reads well, and is easy to understand. I can see how the book became a best-seller in the UK.

"Most teachers are strange and the teachers at St. Barnabas School were no exception.
Yet it's almost certain that none of them - not Mr. Gilbert, the head teacher who liked to pick his nose during Assembly, not Mrs. Hicks who talked to her teddies in class, not Miss Gomez who smoked cigarettes in the lavatory -- none of them was quite as odd as Class Three's new teacher. "
Tall with long black hair and bright green eyes, a purple shirt and jeans, black nail polish and large rings, Ms. Wiz looked like she was heading to a disco not about to teach at a school. She faced Class Three, known throughout the school for their disruptive element and with a history of making teachers cry.

Ms. Wiz has magical powers and friends that reminded me of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins and of Betty MacDonald's Miss Piggle-Wiggle. Strange soccer plays, a magical cat called Hecate and a mathematical owl named Archimedes turn things around for the difficult Class Three. I'm excited about Ms. Wiz Spells Trouble and Terence Blacker's new series. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Am certain that Sofie will enjoy them!

Age Range: 6 - 8 years
Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
Series: Ms. Wiz (Book 1)
ISBN-10: 0761455485 Hardcover $12.99
Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2008), 60 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Reviewers Program.
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