Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's literature, including some horror and fantasy books.
She was born in 1949in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, during which time she began to write.
During her time in teaching she asked several of her pupils why they would not read the books they were given and what they wanted to read about. The pupils said that they wanted books with action, horror, danger, magic and pirates.
The series was repackaged in 2002 with the six books being combined to make three trilogies: two old books per new one. These were published using the new titles City of Shadows, A Trap in Time and The Host Rides Out.
Witch Child (2000)
Seventeenth century England is not a hospitable place for witches - as Mary finds out when her grandmother is hanged. In fear of her life, Mary flees England for America with the help of a mysterious noble woman, but the Puritans she travels with are equally superstitious and it is not long before Mary is under suspicion herself. She decides to run away from the town, with the help of friends. The story ends with her being on the run.
This book is set in the present day, with the main character being Agnes, Mary's descendant. Agnes, a young Native American woman, gets visions that continue to tell Mary's story. Mary had gone to live with a Native American tribe. The Sorceress continues to explain Mary's life. Sorceress was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 2005.