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    Celia Rees(Author)

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"This is a powerful, absorbing and unusual novel" - "The Bookseller". "The sort of historial novel eleven and twelve year olds will gobble up at a sitting" - Nina Bawden. When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hung for the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity and once more she finds herself having to make important choices to ensure her survival. With a vividly evoked environment and characters skilfully and patiently drawn this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees, that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.

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Book details

  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Celia Rees(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (4 Jun. 2000)
  • English
  • 2
  • Young Adult

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  • By Vasu on 19 December 2015

    Reposted from my blog at had intended to read Witch Child for years before I got round to buying it, but I’m pleased to say that my expectations were more than answered.The story is incredibly suspenseful; I was constantly terrified that Mary would be accused of witchcraft and executed, and as such I raced through the novel. I did feel a little confused as to whether Mary actually was a witch or not; at times, the story seemed to be going down that fantastical route, but otherwise it was grounded in reality, which had me a bit muddled. I loved the descriptions of life in Salem and the smaller settlements near it; this is one of the rare historical novels that actually teaches the reader a lot about the events it is set during. Towards the end of the novel, as Mary’s situation gets more desperate, the pace is stunningly fast.The characters in the book were limited, but all of them were lovable. Mary was the perfect protagonist; she was outwardly obedient, but questioned the values of the world around her without being too jarringly modern. Her resilience was admirable. I also liked Jay Bird, the native boy whom Mary befriends. The fanatically religious Puritans with whom Mary makes the crossing to America were fascinating too. I was particularly fond of Rebekah Rivers, the reserved girl who eventually becomes Mary’s best friend.The novel is well-written; Rees skilfully evokes the close-minded prejudice of the Puritan settlements and Mary’s terror of being targeted by witch-hunters. I liked the descriptions of the seasonal difficulties the settlers go through, as well as the difficulty of the long ocean crossing from Plymouth. The writing draws on all five senses, which meant that the book was an extremely vivid read. I also liked the diary style, which meant that I was experiencing things along with Mary.Overall, this was an intelligent and fascinating story that left me eager for more of Celia Rees’s work. I would definitely recommend it.

  • By Book chatter on 27 August 2017

    Easily readable as this is told as diary entries. Based loosely on the Salem witch trials and other witch trials of the C17th, this tells the story of Mary who escapes England for a new life in the colonies, only to meet more distrust and hardship. Whilst there however she also make friends with a local Native American - Jaybird, which presumably will be picked up in Book 2 - The Sorceress. Reminded me of other books I've read, including Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper.

  • By Flora the Faerie on 29 March 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the whole atmosphere was great. Now I have to get the next one to find out what happens

  • By katmum3 on 3 February 2017

    This is being read in my 13 year olds class, it's slightly heavy for my son but he has enjoyed it.

  • By WS50 on 28 August 2016

    Well written and gripping.

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