Clover Twig - clever, neat, responsible - is still in the employ of Mrs Eckles - chaotic, cantankerous, and a witch. One day, Granny Dismal, a witch from the neighbouring village, warns them that the Perilous Path has been seen in the woods. As its name indicates, it leads nowhere good, and also has a habit of sneaking up on you. And then little Herby, Clover's baby brother, goes missing. This is a very funny witch-filled romp, featuring Clover, Mrs Eckles and the return of Mrs Eckles's wicked revenge-driven witch sister, Mesmeranza.
Kaye Umansky is a very successful writer for children, with her books ranging from picture books to novels. Her first novel, Pongwiffy, shot straight to the bestseller list on publication, and the Pongwiffy series has since sold over 325,000 copies. The complete Pongwiffy backlist is being rejacketed by Bloomsbury, alongside a new Pongwiffy title in 2009 to celebrate 21 years of publication. Kaye's bestselling picture books include Tickle my Nose, illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Kaye was also judge of the 2008 Funny Prize. Kaye lives in London, N8.