Ethel is just getting unbearable. Again, she is a total bitch and she once again ruins it for Mildred. I really hate Ethel, she is one of the worst characters I ever seen. I don’t get why the school doesn’t see what is happening. After all we know what happened various times, and during those times the school head must have seen that quite often it was Ethel’s fault, yet they always blame poor Mildred.
Mildred was wonderful in this book, you can clearly see she has grown a lot through the years and the books. She is still clumsy, still does things wrong, but you can see she has a heart of gold underneath that. She does her best and she did so well during this term, sadly Ethel (again) ruined everything.
The story was also fun and I really liked the ending.
However the formula of the books keep being the same: Kids coming to school on brooms, stuff go wrong, termstarts, stuff happens, Ethel is a bitch, ruins stuff, Mildred gets the blame, and then voilà stuff happen and Mildred saves the day. It gets old, really old. I wish the books would have a bit difference with the formula.
I also didn’t particularly like the teachers POV, I come for Mildred and her adventures, not for some old hags who don’t see the good in people and only look at Ethel with drooling admiration.
The illustrations were pretty fun and they really give that extra sparkle to the story.
All in all, I am not sure if I would recommend this book/series. On the one hand, it is a good series, on the other hand it is predictable and it has one of the most horrendous characters that I know.