Orla and the Serpent’s Curse by C. J. Haslam


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Orla thought she was in for a relaxing family holiday, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered an ancient curse. After meeting a coven of old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla’s arrival in Poldevel is no longer a coincidence. She’s the only one who can solve this mystery, and she’ll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts – Dave the dog.


Rating: 5/5

This book is about a girl called Orla, going on a perfectly normal holiday, until strange things start to happen. When she finds a necklace, who actually wants it? I found this book amazing! I recommend it for age 9+.

By: Katie (age 10)


Rating: 3/5

I found it a while to get into but eventually it sped up and got more exciting. It’s about a girl called Orla who finds out she’s a witch. She travels back in time with her brothers and meets her ancestor called Pedervander Mazey. She cursed the town and wanted to put it right. Mrs Spark who looked like a goody was actually bad and Orla defeated her. I would recommend it to 11-12 year olds as it’s a little bit hard to follow.

By: Harry (age 11)

Additional information

Weight 221 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 18 mm