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A Dash of Belladonna

Lottie, a young potion master comes to New Zealand to study under her new master Mikaere.

During her studies, she manages to gets into all sorts of trouble, trying to steal sheep’s blood, getting kidnapped, perverting course of the justice and getting involved in a super dangerous magic she can’t handle.

290 pages
20.3cm x 13.3 cm


First of the “Potion of Belladonna” Series. Recommended for 11+ years.


A Dash of Belladonna is a quirky and original book with lots to recommend it. Lottie is a great character, who is constantly trying to be independent, and getting into trouble. And the book is very humorous, written mostly as a series of letters, which captures Lottie’s enthusiasm and various states of mind as things fall apart around her. I also enjoyed the New Zealand references, and thought it was a nice touch that Lottie comes to New Zealand Aotearoa to have her adventures.
— Karen McKenzie – NZ Booklovers

“Here is a book full of magic and awe, humour and excitement, brought to us through Lottie’s exuberant prose. A zany book, full of narrative zest and high adventure.”
— Mike Johnson

Meet Kiwi author and illustrator Jenn Rackham Jenn Rackham

Jenn (Jennifer) Rackham is a fantasy fiction writer and illustrator based in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and an adorable cat. Her debut novel, A Dash of Belladonna, was short-listed for best Youth Novel for the Sir Julius Vogel in 2018. Jenn illustrated two children’s books, Kenni and the Roof Slide and Taniwha written by Mike Johnson.

Find out more about Jenn and how to contact her on her author profile.


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