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Elia Rees's WITCH CHILD spirited its way onto the Book Sense Children's Only 76 list as one of the Top 10 books that independent booksellers like to handsell Within a month this riveting book sold out its first two hardcover printings Now Candlewick Press is pleased to announce the publication of WITCH CHILD in paperbac. This book was just as good as it was the first time I read it

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Witch Child

The spellbinding diary of a teenage girl who escapes persecution as a witch only to face new intolerance in a Puritan settlementEnter the world of young Mary Newbury a world where simply being different can cost a person her life Hidden until now in the pages of her diary Mary's startling story begins in 1659 the year h. The North American witch hunts of the 1600 s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history particularly for women who were unable to conform to the norms of society Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved old grandmother had to endure before her public execution in England It follows Mary as she makes her journey to the New World where she realized that things are not much different than they were in England This is not your typical Salem witch trial esue novel I was a bit worried it would be just another retelling of The Crucible or The Witch Of Blackbird Pond Sure it keeps in the interesting historical facts but it adds a new twist Here is why Witch Child is original and captivatingOur protagonist Mary is a not only a terrified puritan girl wanting to avoid being accused of witchcraft But she is in fact a witch Well really like a modern day Pagan or Wiccan But still considered a full blown witch by their standardsThe other thing that makes this book stand out from its contemporaries is that Rees has created a artful parallel between two cultures and thus a compelling statement about how laws and opinions are highly influenced by society In the woods near the city of Beulah where Mary is living there is a Native American people who strongly revere shamanism and second sight in their people In stark contrast to their puritan neighbors who as we all know are sending many a young woman to the gallows for the same thing I found this new spin on an old favorite topic compelling and engrossing despite the fact that some of the sub characters were a little flat and boring If I had to choose just one word to describe Witch Child it would be Enchanting Recommended for anyone who loves witch lore Early American historical fiction andor Native American culture4 stars from me

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Er beloved grandmother is hanged in the public suare as a witch Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World How long can she hide her true identity Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be fearedJust two weeks after publication C. Witch Child is a really good story one about how people fear what they don t understand It s bad enough that the main character s grandmother was hanged after she was accused of being a witch but now Mary has to keep her own magical powers a secret lest she be sent to death herself


10 thoughts on “Witch Child

  1. says:

    The North American witch hunts of the 1600’s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history particularly for women who were unable to c

  2. says:

    5 Words Magic conflict superstition new worldThis is such a great book and I've loved it for years It's not a high paced thriller and to be honest not much actually happens but it is a great pleasant read and tota

  3. says:

    Mary and her grandmother exist on the fringes of society eking out a living by midwifery and herb lore But those on the margins are always at risk from their neighbours existing at the mercy of their good opinion On a day

  4. says:

    Witch Child is a really good story one about how people fear what they don't understand It's bad enough that the main character's grandmother was hanged after she was accused of being a witch but now Mary has to

  5. says:

    1659 A time of fear and persecution Mary granddaughter of a witch keeps a diary It begins I am Mary I am a witchShe sees her grandmother hanged is rescued by a stranger takes ship for America and finds a place in a Puritan community there All that befalls her she records in her diary and as she writes she stitches the pages inside a

  6. says:

    This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins ‘I am Mary I am a witch’ It is set in 1659 during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s death and before the return of Charles II Her story is purportedly told in diary entries that have been found sewn inside a uilt It is a tragic and powerful tale which begins when Mary’s gran

  7. says:

    25 stars A lot of potential and good writing style but ultimately just another boring archetypal historical fiction When I was in my preteen stage I went through a historical fiction stage and I read countless b

  8. says:

    This book was just as good as it was the first time I read it

  9. says:

    Witch Child by Celia Rees explores a very contradictory issue that existed in America for a vast amount of time The Salem Witch trials

  10. says:

    I don't think I was really in the mood for this It's a fairly straightforward historical fiction with a fairly standard frame story of a found diary type deal It's very easy to read; definitely aimed at young adults if not at kids Probably that's part of it it was so easy there was nothing to hold onto The set up is int