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Witch Child The spellbinding diary of a teenage girl who escapes persecution as a witch only to face new intolerance in a Puritan settlement Enter the world of young Mary Newbury a world where simply being diffe

  • Title: Witch Child
  • Author: Celia Rees
  • ISBN: 9780763618292
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • The spellbinding diary of a teenage girl who escapes persecution as a witch only to face new intolerance in a Puritan settlement.Enter 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 her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public sThe spellbinding diary of a teenage girl who escapes persecution as a witch only to face new intolerance in a Puritan settlement.Enter 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 her beloved 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 Just two weeks after publication, Celia Rees s WITCH CHILD spirited its way onto the Book Sense Children s Only 76 list as one of the Top 10 books that independent booksellers like to handsell Within a month, this riveting book sold out its first two hardcover printings Now, Candlewick Press is pleased to announce the publication of WITCH CHILD in paperback.

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    1. Lyndz on said:

      The North American witch hunts of the 1600’s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history, particularly for women who were unable to conform to the norms of society.Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary, recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved old grandmother had to endure before her public execution in England. It follows Mary as she makes her journey to the New World where she realized that things are not much different than they were i [...]

    2. Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess on said:

      5 Words: Magic, conflict, superstition, new world.This is such a great book, and I've loved it for years. It's not a high-paced thriller and to be honest not much actually happens, but it is a great, pleasant read, and totally compelling.I love the various settings and all of the conflict which comes with them.This book flirts with fantasy but there's very little outright. It not in your face, it's subtle and quite tame. It comes across as very realistic and what magic is mentioned is rather vag [...]

    3. Wendi on said:

      1659. A time of fear and persecution. Mary, granddaughter of a witch, keeps a diary. It begins: I am Mary. I am a witch…She sees her grandmother hanged, is rescued by a stranger, takes ship for America and finds a place in a Puritan community there. All that befalls her, she records in her diary and as she writes, she stitches the pages inside a quilt for discovery would mean death.For a young adult book this was very good. No patronizing "teenage girl" voice that you would find in "Twilight". [...]

    4. Kate Forsyth on said:

      This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins: ‘I am Mary. I am a witch.’ It is set in 1659, during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s death and before the return of Charles II. Her story is purportedly told in diary entries that have been found sewn inside a quilt. It is a tragic and powerful tale, which begins when Mary’s grandmother is arrested and tortured by witch-finders and then hanged in the town square. Mary is rescued by a rich woman who she suspects may be her real [...]

    5. Nomuh on said:

      🐺🌗🔮"Witch Child had been on my shelf for over a year until I finally picked it up and decided to read it. It’s a story about a girl named Mary that is a witch and the book is written in the format of her secret diary. It’s set in the 17th century where women were burned or hanged without any trials for the most simple suspicions of them being witches." ()👉 Read more of my review on my blog post - nomuhjournal.wordpress/20

    6. Lily on said:

      Witch Child, by Celia Rees explores a very contradictory issue that existed in America for a vast amount of time. The Salem Witch trials are studied in classes to this day, and the events that took place still haunt many people. This novel does not focus directly or bluntly state the events of the Salem Witch Trials, but is obviously focused in that central time period. The setting of this novel is essential in the plot, which is something I do not regularly see in other texts. This unique focus [...]

    7. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Witch Child is a really good story, one about how people fear what they don't understand. It's bad enough that the main character's grandmother was hanged after she was accused of being a witch, but now Mary has to keep her own magical powers a secret, lest she be sent to death herself.

    8. Elise (TheBookishActress) on said:

      2.5 stars. A lot of potential and good writing style, but ultimately just another boring, archetypal historical fiction. When I was in my preteen stage, I went through a historical fiction stage, and I read countless books about witch hunts. Almost all of them share some major traits: a main character who is a misfit, usually because she's particularly unreligious, and a boring beginning. Unfortunately, this book doesn't break that mold. Rees breaks no boundaries with her sometimes-boring plotti [...]

    9. Eliza Brittni on said:

      Dear Celia ReesI think it’s cool how the book ended. The fact that the dairy isn’t finished at the end made it seem very realistic. I thought it was unfair how even though she came to the New World, she was recognized as a witch still. She had no family in England (so she was lead to believe) and came so she could start a better life. The people in the new world hated witches more than in England, thus making Mary have to be very careful. I didn’t understand why the other girls in town hat [...]

    10. Luana on said:

      Se avete una nipote, un nipote, un cugino, il figlio di amici di famiglia, la sorellina e volete regalare un libro, eccolo qua, servito su un piatto d'argento, 'Il viaggio della strega bambina'.Semplice, ma non banale, ambientato nella America del 1600 invasa dai nuovi coloni puritani che, partendo giudicati dall'Inghilterra, arrivano nel Nuovo Mondo pronti a giudicare a loro volta, un nuovo mondo di indigeni, ma anche il loro stesso sangue, accusandolo di stregoneria.Un libro sui pregiudizi, su [...]

    11. Nikki on said:

      I don't think I was really in the mood for this. It's a fairly straightforward historical fiction, with a fairly standard frame story of a found diary type deal. It's very easy to read; definitely aimed at young adults, if not at kids. Probably that's part of it -- it was so easy there was nothing to hold onto. The set-up is interesting enough, and for what it is, it's well-written, but there wasn't enough substance for me.

    12. Tairique Robinson on said:

      Tairique Robinson This book was one of the most boring books I evEr read in my life. From cover to cover a bunch of nonsense. It was like any other book you would find in a book store. This book should not ever be handed out again. Thats all i have to sayRING!!

    13. TheBookAddictedGirl on said:

      “I am Mary. I am a witch.”Witch Child tells the story of a girl named Mary, whose grandmother was hanged for being a witch. She had to leave, before the townspeople turned on her as well. And so she was taken away from the only home she’s know by a mysterious woman she’s never met, Mary is sent to America for her own safety. But life aboard a ship of Puritans heading to the New World is just as dangerous as it was back home in England – maybe more so. Can she keep her secret? Or will s [...]

    14. NSAndrew Liebergen on said:

      This was my favorite book to read this week. I don’t know why, it just was the story that engrossed me into the book. You all should read this book. It is kind of a cross between a documentary, thriller, and a love story. I believe our current students would extremely enjoy this book. With the popularity of vampires and Harry Potter, children will love the supernatural aspect of this book. Teachers will love the historical facts and situations interwoven into the story. The main character Mary [...]

    15. Beth Bonini on said:

      This is a particularly compelling example of historical fiction. So compelling, in fact,that I think my students may well ask, "Is this real?" I have to continually explain that good fiction SHOULD convince you that "it" (the characters, the emotions, the storyline) is "real," but sometimes they find that concept confusing. Well, author Celia Rees does a terrific job of making you feel like a historian/anthropologist who has just discovered an amazing find: the diary of a young colonial girl whi [...]

    16. Relyn on said:

      One of the things I was really looking forward to about this vacation is all the time in the car to read. Humph! I didn't bring a single book that I wanted to read. No kidding. At the time I packed, I was tired and I grabbed really light reading. When it came time to read, I really wanted a story, you know? Instead, I read all my magazines and bought more. One of the things Jeffrey and I always do in a new city is go to the art museum and seek out good used bookstores. I found this one at Bards [...]

    17. Mia - on said:

      E' che mi son fatta delle domande e mi sono data delle risposte quando ho finito di leggerlo.- L'ho finito!- E ti è piaciuto?- Mica tanto.- E' scritto male?- No, che c'entra, scritto male no, però - Però?- E' una scrittura un po' ridondante, capisco che ha a che fare con il periodo in cui è ambientato, metà del 1600 tra l'inghilterra e l'america, la caccia alle streghe, gli indiani, però ho fatto fatica.- A te piacciono le streghe.- Di brutto!- Ma questo libro no?- 'nsomma.- Nemmeno un pe [...]

    18. A Girl Has No Name on said:

      3.5 stars! When her grandmother is accused for sorcery, Mary has to flee immediately. With the help of a mysterious woman, she is able to get on a boat that is leaving the continent for the New World. Living within a puritan settlement, Mary is however once again the target of hatred and persecution. Will her friends be able to protect her? I have always been intersted in reading about the persecution of whiches and sorceres as one of the darkest chapters in human history and I remember that I e [...]

    19. Elisa on said:

      In genere inizio le recensioni con una piccola citazione. Questa volta, però, non ho sottolineato niente. Non perché il libro non abbia note di merito, ma perché non è il frutto di una penna che scava nel groviglio della realtà districandone i nodi. Non è uno di quei libri in cui il lettore si ritrova ad annuire convinto e sente di potersi quasi specchiare sulla superficie della pagina. E' un libro che scorre tra le dita come un rosario di avvenimenti: grano dopo grano, evento dopo evento, [...]

    20. C.J. Stark ☮️ on said:

      3.6279 starsThey did not want her drowning, because that would deprive the people of a hanging.Witch Child is presented as a collection of found journal entries written by Mary Newbury between March 1659 and October 1660. Mary comes from a family of witches and therefore defines herself as a witch (even though she doesn’t really practice much). After Mary’s grandmother is hanged she must flee to avoid the same fate. She boards a ship to the New World where she hopes to leave behind her witch [...]

    21. NocturnalBlaze on said:

      Un libro per ragazzi molto particolare, che, purtroppo, riesce a sopravvivere solo in parte alle aspettative che la trama così originale e differente crea, principalmente perché non si dimostra pienamente in grado di sviluppare in modo adatto tutti gli spunti narrativi che offre. Le premesse, quelle del viaggio di crescita e delle avventure di una giovane strega in un epoca storica fatta di persecuzioni e superstizioni, sono estremamente interessanti, così come, durante il proseguire della na [...]

    22. Susan Rose on said:

      Plot: This is the story of Mary a British teenager living in the time of the restoration of the monarchy.After he grandmother is accuse of witchcraft who is sent to live in the American colony of Salem. Favourite Quote: 'If I had any power, any at all, I would destroy them all, right here and now. I would turn them into mass of fornicating toads. I would turn them into leprous blind newts and set them to eat themselves. I would cover their bodies with suppurating plague sores. I would curse them [...]

    23. Tanja on said:

      I am Mary. I am a witch. This is the beginning of Mary Newbury journal in 1659. After watching the witch trial of her grandmother, Mary escapes the prejudice of England and sets sail for America. She joins unlikely companions, the puritans. We are aware that this is a dangerous decision, yet what other choice is there? Is she really a witch? Did she really live? These questions are for you to find out as you read her journal.This story reads very much like a journal would. There is not a lot of [...]

    24. Roberta on said:

      Galleggia!In città vivono nove streghe, tre vestite di lana, tre vestite di stracci, tre del miglior vellutoInghilterra, 1659. La giovane Mary assiste all'impiccagione per stregoneria della nonna Alice Nuttall. Subito dopo viene aiutata da una giovane e graziosa donna che organizza la sua partenza verso il Nuovo Mondo insieme a un gruppo di puritani in fuga dall'Inghilterra.Non aspettatevi un libro fantasy o horror sulle streghe. La stregoneria di cui parla Celia Rees è quella reale, per cui m [...]

    25. Misty on said:

      Initial reaction: 4.5. Damn close to a 5, actually. I may bump it up. Here is a teaser from my review:Witch Child takes the form of a diary written by Mary Nuttal (claiming to be Mary Newbury). After her grandmother is killed for supposedly being a witch, Mary is sent to America to assume a new identity and sever all ties with her past, ties which may get her killed. She takes up with a colony of Puritans traveling to the New World, and soon finds a place among them. But she also finds herself t [...]

    26. Jennifer Wardrip on said:

      Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadTooAlthough Mary never knew her parents, she lived happily in a cabin in the woods with her grandmother and pets. However, her grandmother was a healer, a trusted member of the community until only recently. Now, she's gone, and Mary is alone in the world, on the run from the witch hunters.A mysterious benefactor comes to Mary's aid, telling her that she must set sail for the American colonies with a tight knit community of Puritans. Even though Mary mus [...]

    27. Charlotte Jones on said:

      Despite the very mixed reviews on , I found this book gripping, entertaining anda real page turner. Firstly, I was immediately drawn in by the cover. Usually I prefer books with illustrated covers, but I found that the photograph on this and the sepia tones really reflect the feel and atmostphere of the book. With regards to the premise and the style of writing, this book contains diary entries written by Mary, the granddaughter of a witch, around 1659-1660. It is regarded as a children's book, [...]

    28. Panda Marie on said:

      This book greatly exceeded my expectations!I was a tad bit worried that I was getting into a unrealistic young adult paranormal novel that was and filled to the brim with cheesy romance (not exactly my cup of tea.) That is not at all what this book is.This book was so subtle when it comes to witchcraft. The subject didn't come into focus until you really got to know the characters, especially Mary. I found this to be a very nice touch as it made the story seem more realistic rather than over the [...]

    29. Jane on said:

      It is 1659 in England and Mary is an orhpan who lives with her grandmother on the edge of a forest. That is until the people of the town come for her grandmother to accuse her of being a witch. Do you know what they did to women that they accused of being a witch? They would try to make them confess through various tortures and if that didn't work they would give them a test. They would tie their right toe to their left thumb and vice versa. Then they would throw them in water. If they sank, hur [...]

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