01/31/2015 3:00 pm

Cat Campbell is a late-blooming witch whose magical abilities are bursting to be mastered in this charming coming-of-age story set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle. Cat Campbell has had magical powers since the day she was born, but she didn't always know that. Cat's mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat's passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch And when she comes across a book called The Late Bloomer's Guide to Magic, she finds the encouragement she needs and spells that work. Then the town of Potts Bottom is threatened by a notoriously feared witch, and Cat has the chance to help her family and town--and to prove herself in the process. Because, as The Late Bloomer's Guide to Magic proclaims, "believing in your magic and yourself is half the battle."

Natasha Lowe was born and raised in London, England, where thanks to her mother’s excellent example she developed a love of good books. Holidays were often taken in the small Lancashire town where her grandmother lived, which eventually became the inspiration for many of her stories. Natasha’s parents were both big storytellers and in second grade she discovered how much fun writing down her own stories could be, although due to her absolutely terrible spelling she was the only person able to read them. This did not deter her at all, and her passion for writing continued to grow, along with her passion for baking.

At an early age Natasha knew she wanted to be either a writer, an adventurer or open a fancy teashop. So she did a little bit of everything, traveling to America where she ran a bed and breakfast while writing children’s stories for radio. Along the way she met her biggest passion in life and decided right away to marry him.

She now lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts with her husband, four children and a magical stone goose. Natasha can nearly always be found in her kitchen, where she spends most of her time baking yummy teatime treats and cooking up new stories. She is extremely grateful for the invention of spell check!

The Courage of Cat Campbell is a companion book to her debut novel The Power of Poppy Pendle, both published by Simon & Schuster.

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