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Witch Wars

(Witch Wars #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  114 reviews
When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim's shed to tell her she's a witch, Tiga doesn't believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH . . . and takes Tiga through the drainpipes to compete in a challenge to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City. No one expects a witch from 'above the pipes' t ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Bloomsbury Books (first published March 12th 2015)
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Nuha I would say 8-11 but I still read this as a 13 year old

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May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witch Wars is funny and fabulous (and that's just the outfits!). It has THE most perfect illustrations, and a map, too! With names like Brollywood, and Clutterbucks to visit, it's the perfect place for a bit of Witchy Wandering!

Tiga Whicabim is nine years old and lives with a miserable old bat called Miss Hek, who in turn refers to her as 'brat' and serves cheese water for tea. She spends most of her time in the garden shed by herself, until she meets Fran, The Fabulous Fairy, who tries to tell
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Fantasy Readers Who Enjoy Witchy Tales
When Tiga Whicabim, who leads a miserable life with her cruel guardian Miss Heks, suddenly finds herself confronted by a fairy named Fran, who insists that she (Tiga) is a witch, the young girl isn't sure what to believe. But then she is sucked down a drainpipe to Ritzy City, a vast underground settlement populated by witches, and discovers that she has been entered into the Witch Wars contest. A televised competition, in which nine nine-year-old witches vie for the right to rule Ritzy City for ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Tiga Whicabim is resigned to her dreary, horrid life hiding in a shed from her terrible cheese-making guardian Miss Heks. Then Fern the Fabulous Fairy shows up and informs Tiga that she is actually a witch! Tiga is in disbelief until Fern whisks Tiga down the pipes to a magical black and white world where she is expected to compete in Witch Wars. The winner gets to stay in the glamorous Ritzy City while the loser has to go home. For Tiga, that means above the pipes, back to Miss Heks. W
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darling series starter about young witches and the witch world, where everything is black, white, and gray, and which can only be accessed by traveling through sink pipes from our world! Lots of clever twists and very fun world-building, my kids are excited to see what Tiga and her witch friends do next!
noody samy
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Funny & unique 🔮
I enjoyed it 💜
Rashika (is tired)
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015, e-arcs

Review to come in the future.
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
A little slow, perhaps.

Kinda sorta but not really a small part Harry Potter and a small part Hunger Games. Kinda sorta....

Great narration via Audible.

Overall it was a fun read. Perfect to listen while driving or cleaning during Halloween.
Oh, how to describe 'Witch Wars'? Well, if 'The Worst Witch' and 'The Hunger Games' had a baby which was raised in the settings of every Saturday morning cartoon imaginable, one after another, whilst high on whatever is keeping the Looney Tunes alive and tripping, then 'Witch Wars' might be the spectacular, cracking and goofy result.

I really enjoyed this witchy product. It took me right back to my days of reading female-led middle school books such as 'Jane Blonde' and 'Emily Windsnap'. Also 'H.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Been reading this with my 7 year old and it is really good. We wasn't expecting who the winner was.
Can't wait to read the 2nd book with my 7 year old.
Well she feel asleep but I want to find out what happened.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining. As the story goes on we get to learn traits like honesty and loyalty. Peggy and our young witch will be bfs.I'm sure about that.👭 ...more
becky ☾
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was kinda looking for a children book, since I want to read a wide genre. But seriously, this looks boring as hell, I liked it enough to get through the end. this book was seriously so easy read to me that I read this in like, 3hrs.
I was looking forward to this book since I heard it would come out. Sadly, didn't really have it until not that long ago. But it was finally there, and I just had to have it.

And what a trip this was! I just absolutely adore this book, we have witches, scavenger hunts, fashion, puns, great and loveable characters, not so nice and not so loveable characters.

The book starts with our main character Tiga finds out she is a witch and is taken to the Ritzy City/Sinkville that apparently resi
Robin Stevens
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glamour, witchcraft, friendship and jam, what more could you ask for? Deliciously funny and bizarre, with absolutely fantastic illustrations, this is an absolutely charming book that I hope will be a real winner!
Erin Lee
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty adorable. Seems like the kind of thing a kid who likes Monster High and other not-so-typically pretty-in-pink books. A good intro to chapter books for elementary school kids.
Very witty, sweet and funny.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book on Toppsta to read and review.

Tiga Whicabim is nine years old and lives the miserable Miss Hek who refers to her as brat and serves her cheese water for her tea. She spends most of her time in the garden shed on her own, until she meets Fran, the Fabulous Fairy who attempts to tell Tiga that she is a witch.

Tiga of course protests and tells Fran she isn’t a witch and has no desire to be one either. Fran tells her she needs to go down the plug hole where all pipes lead to
McKenzie Richardson
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A delightful read brimming with hilarity and whimsy as the reader follows a cast of the adorable and deplorable.

This was a wonderful book from start to finish. Excellent world building with a fun new twist on everything you think you know about witches. It is filled with suspense, silliness, and a scavenger hunt to rule them all.

This book was well-written with fun and unique descriptions. There were many interesting settings, captivating characters
Olivia Queen
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I immediately went and got the rest of the books from the Witch Wars series as ebooks. I'm so glad I came across this at the library. I was unsure of reading it at first but after a while, it became clear that I wanted to read it since the last book I'd read was We Were Liars and it was quite heavy and a bit sad. So I decided to pick this one up. As a 12 year old, this middle grade illustrated novel was AMAZING for me. It was hilariously and just so flipping good and light hea ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this to see what my 7 year old daughter had picked off the shelf and was talking so animatedly about.
It's a lovely mix of adventure, friendship and a detailed love of fashion.
So enjoyable I read the whole series.
4 stars as I'm an adult so this was a bit short, but perfect for a primary age girl.

Also to be recommended in advance of World Book day. An easy costume to pull together from clothes probably already in your daughters wardrobe.
Nicola Lowson
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, magic-books
A fantastic, laugh out loud story about a girl who discovers she's a witch when she is anonymously entered into the 'Witch Wars'. Tiga is a fantastic character who uses her brains, kindness and curiosity to survive in her new world. Hidden underneath this story is lessons on how to be a 'real' friend and see everyone's uniqueness as special. An awesome read! Would be great for a middle school class's read aloud. ...more
Shanda McCloskey
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the new fresh way witches were presented in this book and the story of why witch hats are pointed etc. many clever details put into a lighter-hearted "Hunger Games for witches" plot. But there were so many characters that even with a few illustrations, it was difficult to keep up my mental images and personalities of each one. ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to Henry aged 6 and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Henry’s review was:
I loved it! My favourite character was Fran as she was so crazy! I would give it 16 stars out of 5 :)

He has been recommending it to his previous year’s teaching assistant to read with her daughter!

We look forward to reading more in the series :)
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Violet and I throughly enjoyed this first book in the series, which is perhaps not surprising as it is like an Amazing Race competition in a creatively imagined witch world! Will be looking for the others in the series.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-under-12s
maybe kids would like this but as an adult i found it boring.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It was fun and entertaining! :)
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book îs very Funny and i Liked it very much
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, favorites
This book is adorable!
The story is adorable!
And the illustrations are adorable!

To sum it up... IT IS Adorable :)
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute little book. A quirky world with funny characters. Nice for a relaxing read.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun book! I LOVE it! 😋🤓
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Been reading this a couple of chapters at a time as a bedtime story. It's a perfect MG witchy adventure! ...more
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Sibéal has written for publications including The Guardian, fashion trend forecaster WGSN, and The Financial Times, where she was the resident philanthropy columnist for the How To Spend It section for six years. She studied Modern History at St Andrews and Quentin Tarantino film at Yale.

Her bestselling debut Witch Wars has been translated into 10 languages so far and was shortlisted for

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