Witch Child

Witch Child

Paperback - 2009
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"With its theme of religious intolerance and its touches of the supernatural, this is sure to be in high demand for a long time." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Welcome to the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year herbeloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780763642280
0763642282

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SandraLH
Jan 05, 2016

First Celia Rees novel I read and became a favorite. What transpires in Mary's life is "riveting" and emotionally and physically intense and what she experiences stays with you. Initially borrowed "Witch Child" as I came across it in my sister-in-law's stack of books. Enjoyed it so thoroughly that I bought my own copy followed by the next two in the Series: "Sorceress" and "Sovay," both very good. Rees targets a younger audience, but I am an adult reader who loves her style and her stories with settings in England. I now own 16 of her books.

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Violet_Bird_30
Apr 03, 2013

I really liked this book. I can't wait to read the next one! I could not put it down. I'd say that some of it is a little hard to read with some of the old-fashioned wording and such.

DebraBehr Oct 21, 2011

One of my fav. Historical fics that captures the Salem Witch trails extremely unique style. Your attention will be held on the first page ..and there’s a sequel too.

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workerbee
Jan 28, 2011

"I am Mary. I am a witch." Thus begins the journal of Mary Newbury, writing in the spring of 1659 as she watches her beloved grandmother being tortured and hung as a witch in her English village. Before the crowd can turn on Mary, she is whisked away and placed on a ship headed for America. The journal format Celia Rees uses is so convincing that it's easy to believe Mary actually existed,

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Dec 20, 2011

"I am Mary, I am a witch"

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