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With the help of a witch, a ghost, and Brownies, a young girl with magical powers must battle an evil witch to keep the enchanted ring she wears in the middle-grade fantasy novel, Mr. Murray's Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series: Book 4) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. With Penelope, an evil witch, as her teacher and Chris bullying her, the last school year had been a nightmare for Mary until her Brownie friend, Brunny, took on human form and became her teacher. Now summer is over, and the first day of school is here. Brunny has told Mary he isn't teaching her this year, and Mary is nervous about facing Chris and an unknown teacher. Not only that, a demented and violent ghost has started haunting the house, bent on shooting Mary, and Penelope is both melting and after Mary's magical ring. This year is starting off with a bang. Can Mary survive the craziness? Or will she fall under Penelope's spell?
Set in modern-day Canada, Mr. Murray's Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series: Book 4) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a delightfully enchanting tale. Containing a sinister villain, dragons, ghosts, magical beings, a human bully, and a plucky main character, it is a thrilling tale that travels from home to school and in-between realms. It is an exciting adventure set in a present-day story world that will appeal to children who love enthralling stories drenched in mystery and magic. With the combination of a typical schoolroom setting and a magical story world, this enchanting novel promises to enthrall and enchant readers from eight years old and on up.