The Witchmaid's Quest
Maggie Brown was a hearthwitch, good at whipping up banquets and starting fires, not a true witch like her Granny, who could turn men into birds, or her Aunt Sybil, who could see into the present.
But when Maggie's beautiful but emptyheaded sister Amberwine ran off with a raggle-taggle gypsy, it was up to unkempt, unruly Maggie to track her down.
So she set out with Ching, the talking cat, and Colin Songsmith, a travelling minstrel who was not so bad once you got to know him, to bring back her wayward sister.
On the way they met a gnome, a unicorn, a mermaid, a lovesick dragon and an enchanted bear, braved ambush, flood and abduction by gypsies, and stormed the lair of a particularly evil sorcerer, in a rescue mission fraught with excitement and danger.