In a whirl of rainy weather, a strange woman appears on Theo and Dodie's doorstep making Theo very uneasy. His mother and little sister do not seem at all alarmed by her. Dodie loves Mrs Scarum's stories and her wild dancing. But Theo suspects there might be trouble affot, not helped by the fact that his father, usually so reliable, has failed to return home. And when Theo is told that you can tell a witch because, if she cries, her tears will turn to crystal he knows that Mrs Scarum is a witch. Or perhaps this time, tears will make things better?
Jenny Nimmo has been an actor, researcher, floor-manager and script editor for children's television. Her first book The Bronze Trumpeter was published in 1975. The Snow Spider won the Tir na N'Og award and the Smarties Grand Prix. Her most recent book for older readers, is Milo's Wolves Jenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire and now lives in Wales with her artist husband and three bi-lingual children.