"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?
About Witch Child
It is 1659 and Mary Newbury, theyoung granddaughter of a witch, sees her wise and beloved grandmother tortured and hanged as a servant of the Devil. Then a stranger with hauntingly familiar eyes approaches her with an opportunity–safe passage to America. But the difficult ocean voyage only leads her to a community of inflexible, fearful grownups who try to decide for her who and what she will be. Mary must disguise herself as a pious Puritan girl, hiding her true nature, or else face terrible danger once again.
Now that the pages of Mary’s journal have come to light, discovered in their centuries-old hiding place between the patches of a quilt, listeners can experience what it was like living in a society where differences were feared and defiance was deadly.
From the Compact Disc edition.
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Celia Rees is one of Britain’s foremost writers for teenagers and her titles have enjoyed huge success. Witch Child has been has been translated into 25 languages. Celia has a degree in History, a strong interest in which is evident… More about Celia Rees
Published by Candlewick May 12, 2009| 288 Pages| 5 x 7-3/4| Young Adult| ISBN 9780763642280
Published by Listening Library (Audio) Apr 14, 2009| 338 Minutes| Young Adult| ISBN 9780307582294