“Witches’ tears turn to crystal as soon as they fall. Only thing is, witches don’t cry, or hardly ever.”

In freezing hail and howling wind, a stranger is given shelter at Theo’s house – a stranger whose name is Mrs Scarum. Theo is convinced she’s a witch and wishes his father would return home from his travels. But the blizzard continues and the night is long… there may be tears before morning.


First published 1996 by Collins Children’s Books

This edition published 2002 by Collins Children’s Books

ISBN 0 00 714162 9