The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits, and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.
 

About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College. She is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes. Napoli was introduced to Dutton by Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim. In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997. Napoli has also won a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books for her novel Zel. Napoli's Stones in Water won the Golden Kite Award in 1997. She has written many young adult novels including The Wager in 2010.
 
Published June 1, 1995 by Perfection Learning. 118 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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That loss, an older family retainer's jealousy, and a complicated sequence of accusations and heroic but misunderstood attempts to keep Elinor from the Plague (everyone else has been exposed) lead Ceridwen to a witch's pyre--from which she escapes only as a bird.

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11+) Pub Date: June 1st, 1993 ...

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In the words of PW's starred review, ``Napoli gives a classic fairy tale [Hansel and Gretel] an entirely new twist, at the same time incorporating absorbing details about medieval religious beliefs. .

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In the words of PW's starred review, ``Napoli gives a classic fairy tale [Hansel and Gretel] an entirely new twist, at the same time incorporating absorbing details about medieval religious beliefs.

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A midwife-cum-sorceress known simply as the Ugly One narrates this riveting tale of how, tricked by the devil's minions, she lost her gifts for healing and was forced to become a witch.

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