Book Review

Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable – Lily Mae Walters

I am delighted to be joining the blog blitz for Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable: Charlie Makes a Discovery, the first book in a great Middle Grade Fantasy series by Lily Mae Walters today. Many thanks to Lily Mae for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.


It’s Charlie’s first day at high school, his blazer is too big and his shoes are too small, but that’s the least of his worries. He’s been missed off the class lists and is now enrolled in a new school called Brittle’s Academy with a magical and mysterious head teacher. But to stay at Brittle’s Charlie must pass one of the tests…otherwise he’ll be sent to Oblivion!


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The instant I saw the cover for Brittle’s Academy, I was swept back to my first visit to the Harry Potter studios in Watford, standing in front of the magnificent doors to the Great Hall at Hogwarts. I knew that if Brittle’s Academy was even half as magical, then it was a book not to be missed.

In Charlie Makes A Discovery, Lily Mae Walters perfectly captures the nerves that I can still remember of the first day at secondary school, not knowing your way around, or if you will be in the same class as your friends. Add to that the fact that your name doesn’t appear on any of the class lists at all, and it suddenly becomes a very daunting prospect indeed – especially when you then find yourself swept away to an entirely different school to the one you were expecting to attend!

This book presents an excellent introduction to the magic system of Brittle’s Academy, as the newest pupils meet the oddball collection of teachers at the school and begin to learn about their own abilities. The tests that the students have to undertake in order to be assigned their house were intriguing and left me wondering how I would have fared, and which house I would have ended up in. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to know each of the pupils and teachers in the future books in the series.

Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable is filled with chucklesome moments, and is a quick, fun reads for adults as well as children. It is the perfect escape from the boredom of our current isolation situation (and a break from the stresses of home schooling!).


Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.





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