|Mentee Name||Title of Manuscript||Mentor Name||Age Category||Genre(s)||Total word count (approx.)|
|Tracy Curran||My Mummy’s a Witch||Stuart White||PB||Magic and mystery||349|
My Mummy’s a Witch-Anna is spellbound by the idea that her mummy is a secret witch. Her friend’s aren’t convinced until Anna dazzles them with proof. Now they are super impressed. But Anna has forgotten one crucial ingredient. Has she possibly got the wrong end of the broomstick?
I am a primary school teacher who writes picture books and chapter books beside the sea in Cornwall. I have just graduated from the Golden Egg Academy Picture book programme, am an active member of SCBWI and run a book review blog, https://www.thebreadcrumbforest.com/ and a writer’s blog, https://www.tracycurran-littlecornishwriter.com/
In December 2019, I was shortlisted for the 2019 Picture Book Prize and was also a finalist in Susanna Hill’s ‘Holiday Treat’ contest in the USA. In May 2020, My Mummy’s a Witch came in the top three in the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award, with four manuscripts on the longlist.
I am fully committed to forging a career in writing for children and have taken every opportunity available to develop my craft. I have strong links with local schools and have recently been asked to deliver some storytelling workshops for a local intergenerational project.
With Kind Regards,
My Mummy’s a Witch
“My Mummy’s a witch!” announced Anna at school.
She sounded so proud – witch mummies are cool.
“Mum keeps it a secret but I’ve been and spied.”
“So what did you see?” asked her friends, all wide-eyed.
2 (I.N: Anna is peeking around the doorway, watching her mum knitting. Behind her there is a mysterious, cloaked figure standing where the cobwebs are, stroking the spiders.)
our home’s packed with cobwebs, the corners are full.
Mum knits them at night with her glittery wool.”
3 (I.N: Under the bed there is a mixture of both mum and dad’s stuff, with the potions hidden in between.)
“Next, there are jam jars of rainbow bright potions…
under the bed hidden next to her lotions.”
4 (I.N: Mum is trying not to sneeze as a tabby cat wanders by. Someone is secretly pointing a wand from around the corner and conjuring the bats. A black cat is also sitting on this corner. Again, Anna does not see this.)
“And on Halloween I chose trick and not treat.
Mum twitched her nose and black bats filled the street.”
“That sounds sorts of witchy!” a little boy boos,
“But it’s not enough proof! Are there any more clues?”
“Of course,” Anna sniffs. “For I’ve had a good look
and down in the shed…”
6 (The cookbook illustrations show the recipes in it. ‘Star lollipops to make you fly.’ ‘Toad transforming toffees.’ ‘Slug Sparkle to make your hair shimmer and shine. *Her friends are asking her these questions.)
“lies a witch’s cookbook!”
“Then where is her cauldron? There’s no hiding that!” *
“And if she’s a witch then she must wear a hat!”
7 (I.N: Anna is peeking out of her bedroom window at a cloaked and hatted figure who she assumes is Mum. But behind her in the bedroom doorway, Mum is there smiling. The cauldron is hidden in a patch of nettles.)
“She does,” giggles Anna, “she wears a black cloak.
At night, round a fire, she conjures up smoke.
She heaves out her cauldron which squats in the flames
and sprinkles in charms marked with magical names.”
“The flame-fizzing liquid spits sparks like sunbeams.
It boils and it bubbles, it glows and it gleams.
Then if a full moon shimmers high in the sky…
8 (I.N: Illustration shows her mum cooking in the school canteen. A ginger cat sits on the open window ledge and her mum is shooing it away, trying not to sneeze.)
she brews up a broomstick and-WHOOSH -she can fly!”