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.

Written by Jenn Rackham

$25.00 incl. GST

2 in stock

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

A Dash of Belladonna was short-listed for best Youth Novel for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards in 2018.


“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

“A Dash of Belladonna by J. Rackham is an action-packed children’s fantasy. Written as letters to her best friend Snu, the conversation seemed to be rather one-sided considering there are never any replies, leaving this reader wondering if Snu was merely a figment of the heroine’s imagination. Then, I believe that there may be a point to Lottie’s friend’s seeming silence. Regardless, the story is fascinating, and the twists kept me on the very edge of my seat. I couldn’t find a good place to stop reading; I had to finish the book before I could fully relax! The book is clean, though there were a few blacked out areas of dialogue that were a touch questionable, but the reader would have to guess the poor language choices of the characters. I would recommend this book to young teens as the story is engaging and the message inspiring and essential.” ~ Alyssa Elmore – Readers’ Favorite

Kiwi author and illustrator Jenn RackhamJenn Rackham

Find out more about Auckland fantasy fiction writer and illustrator Jenn (Jennifer) Rackham on her author profile.

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Dimensions20.3 × 13.03 cm

Paperback edition

First published




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Published by

Lemon Ink


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