Witch Child

by Celia Rees | Teens |
ISBN: 0747550093 Global Overview for this book
Registered by teachie of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on 4/26/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by teachie from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 26, 2007
During the witch hunts of the mid-1600s, many young Englishwomen died on the gallows, innocent victims of false or hysterical accusations of witchcraft. But what of those women who actually claimed the name "witch" as their own? In the pages of her secret journal, Mary Nuttall reveals what it is like to live in a climate of mistrust and piety in which differences are dangerous and rumors can kill, where she must hide her heritage as a healer and pagan. With a sure hand, she describes her beloved grandmother's trial and hanging as a witch, her own rescue by a mysterious noblewoman, and her eventual passage to the New World and the forest settlement of Beulah. There Mary falls under a curtain of suspicion when she willingly chooses to explore the dark woods shunned by the fearful colonists and makes friends with some of the spiritual native people. When several girls in the community begin to shriek and swoon, and the same minister who damned Mary's grandmother comes to search for signs of witchcraft, Mary is subjected to close and deadly scrutiny.

Breaking with most historical fiction about witchcraft (such as Elizabeth Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond), British author Celia Rees raises the stakes and the tension by placing a real witch at the center of her story. Witch Child is an engrossing, suspenseful novel that will cast a spell over both readers of historical fiction and fans of witchcraft series from Circle of Three to Sweep.

Journal Entry 2 by abrokenstarr from Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 5, 2007
Arrived yesterday. Thanks Teachie. This one caught me eye - I taught Pirates! by Celia Rees to a year nine class a few years ago and had heard that this book was on a par.

Journal Entry 3 by abrokenstarr from Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 11, 2008
Was half way through this - then it was destroyed when joyriders set light to a car next to mine, destroying my car and the contents in the process.

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