Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts is the author of THE WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE (Owl Hollow Press, Summer 2020), which has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and was named a Kirkus Book of the Month for September 2020.

Josh writes for an upper-middle grade audience, exploring themes of friendship, family, loss, and loyalty against a backdrop of spooky supernatural mystery and adventure. He is currently at work on the second book in the Willow Cove series, THE CURSE OF WILLOW COVE.


Six teenage witches. One mysterious stranger. A secret that could destroy them all.

It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.

Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.

But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?


★ “Roberts perfectly balances small-town drama, preteen hijinks, and paranormal thriller action in an engaging novel with a vibrant cast of characters . . . A delightfully spooky page-turner for middle grade readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “The book may be written for middle grade, but the exciting narrative could appeal to young adults . . . A first-tier purchase for public and school library middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ “Atmospheric, just-spooky-enough, and magical, this story celebrates true friendship and standing up for what’s right.” —A Mighty Girl’s Summer Reading List


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s