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March 09 , 2011

The Witch Of Ballyyahoo



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A Children's Book From Ballyyahoo - The Magic Town On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Introducing Biddy, the crime-fighting witch of Ballyyahoo. If you like witches and you like fun, you'll love this funny children's book set in the magical Irish town of Ballyyahoo.

When Gerry hears rumours that there might be a witch in Ballyyahoo, he doesn't know if it's really true. His mother says it's just idle gossip but others say there really is a witch in Ballyyahoo. Who is a boy to believe?

Then one day, he sees something strange and shocking in one of the quiet lanes of Ballyyahoo. He finds a magic stone that can show the future on a tiny screen and Gerry learns that a terrible crime is going to happen - soon!

It is not the type of crime that usually happens in Ballyyahoo - nothing to do with forgetting to put lights on your donkey, wearing odd socks, or picking hazelnuts in September.

No, this is a terrifying crime that starts with a big knife, a big burglar, and if Gerry doesn't do something, it just might end in murder.

Gerry desperately tries to stop this crime from happening, but nobody believes in magic stones and nobody believes Gerry.

Desperate Gerry needs help - magic help. There's only one person can save the day, but is there really a witch in Ballyyahoo?

The Witch of Ballyyahoo is a funny children's fantasy and adventure book and is suitable for children reading alone, or as a fun read to be shared with family.


'The Witch of Ballyyahoo' is a story that is very special to me. A lot of stories about witches have horrible and unpleasant witches who do wicked things and cast nasty spells. But I wanted to create a witch who is the opposite of that.


I wanted the witch of Ballyyahoo to save the day whenever she could. The witch of Ballyyahoo would be the super-hero of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
I wrote my witch to be a guardian of the town. She watches out for anything going wrong and any criminals that come along can watch out.

Sometimes she needs a little bit of help and so she enlists the help of the Ballyyahoo kids to assist her in the fight against crime in Ballyyahoo. I also made her funny and eccentric - her name is Biddy and she enjoys Zumba dancing and peanuts.

Biddy the crime-fighting witch has come a long way from the days of the broom stick because this witch flies around on a vacuum cleaner place. She is also very fond of her very powerful stone. I hope you enjoy reading the Witch of Ballyyahoo as much as I enjoyed writing it.


'This is a charming children's story that's just perfect for Halloween. Gerry thinks that living in Ballyyahoo is boring, but that's just about to change...soon gets swept along in an adventure of magic, witches, and burglars.

This book is easy enough for the younger reader, but intriguing enough that you will want to read it too. The characters are fun and engaging, the adventure rips along at a fair old pace, and I particularly loved the character of Gerry's mother, and her sister, Aggie. I can't recommend it highly enough!'
Ali Isaac

'...As always, Grace Jolliffe, with her quirky sense of humour, introduces us to the whacky set of characters who inhabit Ballyyahoo. Anyone who believes witches ride broomsticks and boil toads in a cauldron should read The Witch of Ballyhoo.'
J. Considine

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