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The fire was a family tragedy that Jamie can't forget, even in his dreams. Now something terrifying involving a witch and a frightened girl is happening to Jamie in Crownhill, the village where he's been sent to get over his problems.
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Published July 1st 2005 by Orion Children's Books (first published 2001)
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TheBookSmugglers
Mar 13, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
One of the things I love the most about blogging and reviewing is how it makes it possible for me to clearly see the evolution of my reading habits. Last year for example, I found myself navigating toward Contemporary YA as the sort of comfort read to fall back into whenever I went through a reading slump. Unfortunately, Contemporary YA doesn’t seem to be working for me lately. It wasn’t until I picked up Witch Hill to read that I noticed that this is the third Marcus Sedgwick novel I turned to ...more
Anna
Dec 09, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
I'm hovering between a two and a three here and the only reason it could be getting the three is that I liked the illustrations, which are also by the author. The rest is an odd mixture of really uninspired prose that is too simplistic even for my nine-year-old to hold her attention and a story she wouldn't be able to follow because it was told way too obscurely. That is unless I interpreted way too much into something that is quintessentially quite trite. That's also a possibility. There wasn't ...more
Jess
Nov 19, 2015 Jess rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. Despite my rating, which is relatively low, I actually have a lot of good things to say about this novella, so I'm going to start with those!

I would definitely class Witch Hill as a middle grade novella, but I'd be a big fat liar if I said it didn't give me the creeps. A lot of this story focuses on the nightmares Jamie has been having since going to stay with his aunt and his cousin, and the descriptions in his nightmares gave me the heebie jeebie
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Bonnie
Nov 20, 2010 Bonnie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is so short it is more a novella than a novel. I've read Sedgwick before and LOVED The Foreshadowing and liked The Book of Dead Days and its sequel, so I was looking forward to this book. Turns out, unlike the other books I've read by Sedgwick, this is definitely more geared to the pre-teen and below reading level than older YA fans. When the knowledge of what "crone" means is an important plot point, you know you're way too old for a book.

I'd recommend this book for tweens. It's kind
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Emma Louise
Jul 22, 2012 Emma Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
This was surprisingly good. Short and sweet and spooky but not too heavily overloaded. It was all plot, and all story, and I think that's what I liked about it. Though it could have been a tiny bit longer, I really appreciated that it wasn't weighed down by filler material or a dramatic romantic subplot. For what I'm guessing is a book aimed at ages 12+ it's quite creepy. It was descriptive and well written and I certainly had the chills moreso in this book than some adult level horror novels. T ...more
Lisa
Mar 04, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
After reading another book by Marcus and absolutely loving it, I had high hopes for his other works, but I have to admit this one didn't do it for me. It was certainly readable, but i just couldn't get to grips with the way it was written, whether it was because it was from a child's point of view I'm not sure, but something just didn't click and I could never fully immerse myself with this book. It did get good towards the end, and the nightmares Jamie experiences were truly scary, just the des ...more
Becca
Oct 18, 2014 Becca rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I loved The Book of Dead Days and The Dark Flight Down, so I expected to like this one. Unfortunately it just isn't all that good. The descriptions of Jamie's dreams are super creepy and were the best parts. Unfortunately, the storyline and the writing are just kind of weak, so it was a fairly disappointing read. Not the worst book I've ever read, but not a good one, either.
Leslie
Apr 03, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
Middle school level horror is about the level I can deal with.
This was creepy and fun. Definitely a boy-book.
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
Goodreads synopsis: At first, Jamie isn’t too worried about the bad dreams he’s been having since coming to his aunt’s house. Most people awoken in the middle of the night to find their house burning down would probably have nightmares, too. But instead of fire, he keeps dreaming of a “horrible, scary old woman,” relentlessly coming after him for some awful, inexplicable purpose. Even though he’s come to Aunt Jane’s to recover from the fire’s aftermath, he doesn’t want to bother her or his cousi ...more
Beth Kemp
Sep 02, 2011 Beth Kemp rated it really liked it
This first person narrative of a boy who is trying to cope with disaster, interspersed with historical fragments, had me gripped from the start. It centres on Jamie, staying with relatives in the aftermath of a fire, but the story shifts to focus more and more on his creepy dream of an old hag, his new surroundings and their strange and oddly compelling folklore. Sedgwick's writing is lyrical and haunting, drawing you into the strangeness by rooting it all in visceral reality.

I will absolutely b
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Amy
Apr 17, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Real Rating 2.5 stars

Good story, but I wasn't as curious as I would have liked to be... but still ok :)
Jake Ackmann
Jul 02, 2013 Jake Ackmann rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great. It was scary and has a very good story line that does not get boring at any time. The events are spread out great and leave you wondering. The character development is also very good and does not misinform you or leave you hanging. The ending is SHOCKING which totally just makes the book that much better! So get ready to turn on your light and start reading this book wont let you put it down!
Beth
Apr 16, 2014 Beth rated it did not like it
I don't like leaving books but I gave up, it was boring.
Flabnbone
Jan 05, 2011 Flabnbone rated it it was ok
This book wasn't the best of Sedgwick's novels. He is a great writer and his other books like "The book of dead days" and "The dark flight down" were spectacular. But this one was a bit of a let down. It wasn't that all exciting and nothing really much happens except for the cry of witchcraft and superstition. Overall, it is an average read.
Zayneea
Oct 29, 2014 Zayneea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-teens-fiction, 2014
So creepy. It is making me get chills and I will probably be getting some nightmares later too.
Kayla Daoust
Jan 06, 2014 Kayla Daoust rated it it was amazing
Love Marcus Sedgwicks work. Always amazing <3
Melanie
A nice quick read, with typical Sedgewick creepiness, but nothing amazing. The full-circle of events from the beginning to the end is nice, and there are some good moments of suspense in there too.
Sally
Apr 29, 2009 Sally rated it liked it
I LOVE Marcus Sedgwick... usually. Sadly, this book was rather a disappointment. :( Okay, but nothing special. The plot made it sound a lot better than it was.
Rebecca
Accessible for younger readers than Sedgwick's usual YA audience, this short book weaves an historic event with modern times for a scary mystery.
Morgan
Aug 29, 2008 Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
D: This book definitely wasn't as good as I thought it would be. The Foreshadowing is the best book of Marcus', from what I've read.
Jarizza
May 12, 2013 Jarizza rated it really liked it
If you couldn't handle a bunch of nightmares, I suggest reading this in the daylight. It honestly creeped me the math out.
Lea
Apr 03, 2008 Lea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: marcus sedgwick fans, horror readers
it was an ok book...because of the tragedy that happend to jamie...and how he got over his fear..nice actually.
Aaliyah
Apr 18, 2010 Aaliyah rated it really liked it
I read this book four years ago, and it's still one of my favourites. Truly brilliant.
Jemima Puddle Duck
Mar 12, 2012 Jemima Puddle Duck rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was short, but I enjoyed the whole book, from the very first page.
Sally
Dec 26, 2008 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: charity-buys
This was not one of Sedgwick's best!
Yosi
Feb 19, 2009 Yosi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people how love witches
Recommended to Yosi by: library
this is a good book if you love witch
Molly
Jun 19, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
great!
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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