Witch Child by Celia Rees

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When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hanged for the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity, and once more she faces important choices to ensure her survival. With a vividly evoked environment and characters skilfully and patiently drawn, this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.

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CELIA REES is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books for young readers including the Witch Child, Sorceress, Pirates!, Sovay, and The Fool's Girl, and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Celia lives in England.www.celiarees.com
Published May 3, 2010 by Bloomsbury Childrens. 256 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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After watching her grandmother hang for being a witch, Mary journeys to the New World only to discover that human nature’s desire to blame another is not limited to 17th-century England.

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Though much of Rees's debut novel moves at a lackadaisical pace, its opening scenes are riveting: Mary, 14, watches as her grandmother—the only family she has ever known—is tortured, tried and finally hung as a witch.

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Large Print Reviews

Witch Child is a compelling, riveting narrative, and it has won an honored place on my list of favorite books for young adults, alongside such works as The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, and The Iron Peacock by Mary Stetson Clarke.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

Her latest and enormously popular novel, Witch Child, takes the reader on a journey with Mary Newbury, an enchanting heroine who discovers she has supernatural powers.

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SBY Teens

Readers’ looking for magical spells or sorcery should read elsewhere seeing as this is a historical piece remaining not only true to the times but also the strict Puritan rules that made it easy for villagers to be falsely accused.

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