Book Reviews of Witch Child (Witch Child, Bk 1)

Witch Child (Witch Child, Bk 1)
Witch Child - Witch Child, Bk 1
Author: Celia Rees
ISBN-13: 9780439468503
ISBN-10: 0439468507
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 260
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This definetly reads like a "young adult" book but it doesn't talk to the reader. It's still better then those silly series books about high school girls trying to get dates that are usually geared toward younger readers.
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Helpful Score: 3
Found myself not wanting this to end and wanting to know where Mary ends up. You really find yourself feeling how oppressive it would've been to be slightly different and trying to live among the puritanical.
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Helpful Score: 2
I didn't realize this was a book for teens when I picked it up. I am a grandmother and I still enjoyed it very much. It was hard to put down.
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Although 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 must be careful to hide her true nature from their religious zealotry, she does manage to find a few kindred spirits among their numbers, mainly Martha, who also has a healer's hand; Jonah, an apothecary; and Rebekah, the daughter of a prominent Elder.

The journey is long, and Salem may not hold all the hope they'd wished for upon their arrival. When their band rejoins the others in their community who have gone before them, Mary finds herself an untrusted newcomer, and has to guard herself carefully from those who would not "suffer a witch to live."

But how can she hide her talents when they're essential to life in this strange new land? And why does a mysterious jackrabbit appear to be following her?

This story presents itself under the pretense that the pages of Mary's diary were found hidden inside the seams of a quilt, and a note is included that welcomes anyone with further information on those folks mentioned in the diary to contact the editor. This additional layer adds an interesting flair to the story, which, although fictitious, makes history come alive.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed most of the book, but towards the end, it became bery reminiscent of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. I guess Rees figures that kids won't know Miller's works, and won't realize that she's almost plagerized another story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting read telling of the rough voyage to America and settling in the New England wilderness. Speaks of some of the customs of the times and how the land was settled. Supposedly written from the pages of a diary kept by young Mary Newbury, a Puritan type girl with a few witch powers living in a society that fears such things. Her journal pages were discovered between the patches of a quilt of her making.
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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Although 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 must be careful to hide her true nature from their religious zealotry, she does manage to find a few kindred spirits among their numbers, mainly Martha, who also has a healer's hand; Jonah, an apothecary; and Rebekah, the daughter of a prominent Elder.

The journey is long, and Salem may not hold all the hope they'd wished for upon their arrival. When their band rejoins the others in their community who have gone before them, Mary finds herself an untrusted newcomer, and has to guard herself carefully from those who would not "suffer a witch to live."

But how can she hide her talents when they're essential to life in this strange new land? And why does a mysterious jackrabbit appear to be following her?

This story presents itself under the pretense that the pages of Mary's diary were found hidden inside the seams of a quilt, and a note is included that welcomes anyone with further information on those folks mentioned in the diary to contact the editor. This additional layer adds an interesting flair to the story, which, although fictitious, makes history come alive.
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Helpful Score: 1
Young adult novel with good historical explanation of Puritan settlements in America and the horrors of the sea crossings from England. Interesting details about the superstitious religious fanatics who often accused innocent "healers" of witchcraft. Also good info on how the native Americans interacted with the new arrivals.
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Enter the world of Mary Newbury, where being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her secret diary, fourteen-year-old Mary's story begins as she flees teh English witch-hunts to settle in an American colony. How long can she hide her true nature from the Puritans? How long can she keep running?
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This book was absolutely fascinating from start to finish and I could not put it down. The sequel, Sorceress was equally as good and I recomment them both to be read one after the other.
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Not so much magic, per se, but a good story and well read. (young adult novel) Puritans, early America.
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A fun, easy read. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Be sure to read the sequel, "Sorceress".
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Witch Child - the secret diary of fourteen year old Mary Newbury, begins as she flees the English witch hunts to start a new life. How long will she be accepted into a new colony? Will she need to keep running from the suspicions of closed minded and superstitious people?

I found this book engrossing from the start and found it very hard to put down. Once I did, I was quick to order it's sequel "Sorceress", another page-turner.
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Excellant story!! A journal written by a young girl has been found sew into a quilt. She claims to be a witch and has personal knowledge of the time of the Salem Witch trials. Very cool.
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Excellent read--not just for young adults--I found this quite interesting and i am past the young adult age by a few years. Very suspenseful. If you are interested in the Salem witch hunts you will enjoy this book.
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This was so interesting, a true story, based on dairies found in an old quilt. If you like history and suspense, you will love this book.
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great book....
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Interesting and easy read.
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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?
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Very good story, well written and believable of the times. I really did enjoy the book and am looking to get the sequal.
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In 1659. a 14 year old girl keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the new world & her experiences of living as a witch.
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Enter the world of Mary Newburry, where being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her secret diary, fourteen-year-old Mary's story begins as she flees the English witch-hunts to settle in an American colony. How long can she hide her true nature from the Puritans? How long can she keep running?
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A decent read. Not a favorite of mine but it was still good.
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A great spin on the witch trials. I really like this book one. The sequels are wonderfully unique and creative. Its worth reading this, as you getting a closer look into the lives of the victims. Loved it. Sorceress is book 2.
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A great book, based on the problem of people and their inability to come to terms with that which they can't understand. A must read for all ages teen and up.
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a different girl on dangerous times ,una chica diferente en tiempos peligrosos
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A great historical fiction!
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this is a really good book