Down in Blackberry Bottom lives Miss Slade, a strange - and rather dirty - old lady. All the village children think she's a witch. But Patsy and Jim like her and her 6 dogs, her donkey and other assorted animals. Miss Slade may not be a witch, but she's not what she seems either. And when her secret is discovered, trouble is not far away. Fun and good humour sparkle throughout this story of friendship from award-winning author Dick King-Smith.