Witch Child

Posted by barb on Aug 1, 2004 in Books |

by Celia Rees

This book is the fictional diary of teenager Mary Newbury, chronicling her journey to the New World. Her journey, however, is precipitated by her grandmother’s conviction as a witch. A mysterious woman wisks Mary away from the public hanging, and sends her to Southampton where she will join up with a group of Puritans heading for America. Mary acts the part of a good Puritan girl, but has been brought up as a witch…a wiccan, not the wart-nosed, evil incarnation of a witch on Halloween night.

This was an easy read, since it was geared toward teenagers, however I quite enjoyed it. I liked how Rees set up the scenes, in particular the cramped, smelly ship crossing the ocean.

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