Well Witched by Frances Hardinge

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Ryan and his friends don't think twice about stealing some money from a wishing well. After all, who's really going to miss a few tarnished coins?

The well witch does.

And she demands payback: Now Ryan, Josh, and Chelle must serve her . . . and the wishes that lie rotting at the bottom of her well. Each takes on powers they didn't ask for and don't want. Ryan grows strange bumps—are they eyes?—between his knuckles; Chelle starts speaking the secrets of strangers, no matter how awful and bloody; and Josh can suddenly—inexplicably—grant even the darkest of wishes, the kind of wishes that should never come true.

Darkly witty, wholly unexpected, and exquisitely sinister, Frances Hardinge's Well Witched is one well-cast tale that readers didn't know they were wishing for.


About Frances Hardinge

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Frances Hardinge is the celebrated author of Fly By night, Well Witched, and The Lost Conspiracy. She spent her childhood in Kent, England, in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and from an early age she wrote stories filled with magic and vivid characters. Ms. Hardinge studied at Oxford University, where she was a founding member of a writers' workshop. This is her fourth novel.
Published May 27, 2008 by HarperCollins. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Stealing a few coins from a wishing well for bus fare seems like a good idea until each of them develops an odd ability: Chelle can read other people’s thoughts, Josh shorts out—and then controls—electrical equipment and Ryan develops wart-like eyes on his hands.

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As if it's not hard enough to grant wishes for people they can't locate, Ryan and Chelle also find conflict with Josh, who doesn't understand why he isn't entrusted with a new skill like his two friends have.

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