The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn
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"Powers of the air, be here now. So mote it be."
Conceived on May Morning, Nell is claimed by the piskies and faeries as a merrybegot, one of their own. She is a wild child: herb gatherer and healer, spell-weaver and midwife...and, some say, a witch.
Grace is everything Nell is not. She is the Puritan minister's daughter: beautiful and refined, innocent and those who think they know her. But she is hiding a secret -- a secret that will bring everlasting shame to her family should it ever come to light.
A merrybegot and a minister's daughter -- two girls who could not have less in common. Yet their fates collide when Grace and her younger sister, Patience, are suddenly spitting pins, struck with fits, and speaking in fevered tongues. The minister is convinced his daughters are the victims of witchcraft. And all signs point to Nell as the source of the trouble....
Set during the tumultuous era of the English Civil War, The Minister's Daughter is a spellbinding page-turner -- stunning historical fiction that captures the superstition, passion, madness, and magic of a vanished age.

About Julie Hearn

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Julie Hearn was born in Abingdon, England, near Oxford, and has been writing all her life. After studying to be a journalist, she worked in Australia and lived in Spain, before returning to England, where she worked as a features editor and columnist. She is now a full-time writer. Her first book published in the United States was The Minister's Daughter.
Published May 8, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The year is 1645, and Nell, the village “cunning woman’s” granddaughter, has been learning the healer’s trade, desperately hoping to conceal her grandmother’s increasing senility until she is able to take her place.

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Part healer, part midwife, part wise woman, Nell's grandmother feels the change in the air and, fearing for her own sanity as well as for her ability to continue practicing her arts in the changing political and religious environment, eagerly apprentices Nell to her craft.

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Two young girls from diverse backgrounds frame this story: Nell, the rough and wild granddaughter of the "cunning woman" who has the "gift of healing," and Grace, the refined and beautiful daughter of a no-nonsense Puritan minister.

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