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Escape to Witch Mountain (Witch Mountain)

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Some terrifying experience has blocked Tony and Tia's memory of the past. But because they have supernatural powers, they are sure that they come from another world--and that their people still exist somewhere.

Then Tony and Tia find that they must escape from men who want to use their special powers for evil. They begin a desperate search to find their true home--which lea...more
Mass Market Paperback, Archway Paperback #29710; Movie Tie-In, 180 pages
Published September 1975 by Pocket Books (first published 1968)
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Deborah Markus
I grew up with this book and have loved it all my life, so it’s hard for me to tell how well it’s aged. I can say that it was a lot of fun to reread in the Harry Potter era. A few pages in, I started checking “hero” characteristics off in my mind.

Here. Take this handy quiz – maybe you have what it takes to be a hero!

Are you an orphan? (At the beginning of Escape, Tony and his sister Tia have just suffered the loss of the grandmotherly woman who’s cared for them as long as they can remember. She...more
Megan
When I was a kid, the movie Escape to Witch Mountain, and its sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, was on television all the time. I remember watching it with my brother endlessly, and recently I bought the DVD. I had never realized it was based on a book. Opening this up was like settling into my grandmother's recliner with this and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet novels. (I was quite well-read as a child, thanks to my grandpa's old stash.) It has all the feel of that type of novel, especially since my...more
Amy Sturgis
After learning that author Alexander Key had been inspired by the "Brown Mountain Lights" phenomenon (a true unsolved mystery in my backyard here in the Blue Ridge Mountains) to create the Witch Mountain of the title, I knew I had to read this classic work of juvenile science fiction. I'm glad I did.

Orphaned Tony and Tia know their abilities (such as telekinesis and communicating witho animals) make them special, and they know the man falsely claiming to be their uncle has evil intentions toward...more
Sandi Layne
Quick, fun sci-fi/fantasy read for children and early teens. How orphans with mysterious abilities find help...and a way to their own people...is a great adventure in a simply-told manner.

Originally written in 1968, it is dated, certainly, but somehow that doesn't seem to matter. :)
John Conrad
Jan 15, 2008 John Conrad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young people who want a fun adventure
I read this book and its sequel as a 12-year old and enjoyed it immensely. I quickly went to the library and devoured all the rest of Key's novels which are all too few, and some are hard to find. Key's novels focus on young people who have special abilities and who are from other worlds. The theme is obvious, that people of this world can be cruel to outsiders or anyone who is different, but there are also a few who will help and accept you if you search for them. As a kid who was sometimes bul...more
Sara
Funny how it is with these Goodreads recommendations. If you read this, you'll also like this! And I look at the books and think - oh, yeh, I read these. This is one that looks oh-so-familiar, cover and all. I think I got it AFTER the movie from the 70's came out. (Considering the cover, that would be logical.) I think I liked the movie better. Could be wrong on that one, but I remember really liking the movie and really wanting to be Tia.
Shelby
Horrible. Terrible. Don't even bother checking it out from a library. First of all, I wrote books like this in 5th grade. Second of all, while Tia and Tony do a lot of moving around in their "escape" to Witch Mountain, the narrative is entirely static, and all the exposition happens via dialogue. And it's not even *good* dialogue, either. That is, the characters are always just sitting there talking -- there's no ongoing action to break things up. Third, it's entirely unbelievable, even when you...more
Tonk82
Otra novela de Alexander Key que leo, tras The forgotten door.

Va en una linea similar, con dos hermanos con poderes perdidos en medio de la sociedad actual, tratando de buscar pistas sobre de donde proceden.

Es algo superior a forgotten door. El 4 que le doy es quizá demasiado generoso para un público estrictamente adulto, pero como novela para los más pequeños no solo es divertidísima, sino que está repleta de estupendas ideas. Muchas escenas de tensión, personajes carismáticos... tuvo una adapt...more
Val
I don't remember this book all that well, but it was one of my favorites way back. I loved the adventure.
Karen
The Disney movie made from this was a big part of my childhood.
Sara Griffin
First, priests are people. There's not a single person, priest or not, that would just accept some crazy story from some kids that broke into a chruch. I understand that Father O'Day was there to help the children along when it wasn't possible for them to continue on their own. However, that is no reason for a sloppy introduction to the character. Seriously, this problem could have been fixed with one sentence regarding his doubt and his compassion for runaways. It wouldn't have been a problem o...more
Eric
I am typing this on my phone so this will most likely need some heavy editing. If you notice something really funny quote it back to me for posterity :-D. /// So I have been a Witch Mountain fan for a very long time. Maybe I should've put that in quotes cause it turns out it's been a movie thing for a very long time. I recently had the realization that all 5 (maybe 4, can't remember right now) movies have been based whether loosely or not on the original set of novels. So I decided to take a mom...more
Heidi
An old favourite which didn't hold up so well over time. I think this was re-published when the new (and terrible) movie came out--I was surprised to find that my library had a downloadable audio copy available.

Tony and Tia are orphans who can't remember where they came from or who their parents were. And they have special talents: Tony can move things with his mind, and Tia can unlock doors and talk to animals. They can communicate quasi-telepathically, and they have a special affinity for musi...more
Hannah Delaughter
This science fiction book is about a brother and sister, Tony and Tia, who both have paranormal abilities. When their guardian dies, they are turned over to social services. Later in the book we find out that their memories are suppressed and are slowing gaining back their memory as to why they are here on Earth. They are in fact extraterrestrial and they need to find the rest of their people on Earth. Their kind was forced to come live on Earth because of the extension of their planet. They co...more
Rusty Biesele
I like this storyline quite a lot. I watched the movies and I wanted to read what the author original author said before Disney got a hold of it. The first half and second half of the book are almost like two different books --- to the point where I started wondering if they were written at different times. This book suffers from the extremely low expectations of kids in the 1960's when it was written. The writing is very tight and straight, in fact, too tight and straight in my opinion. The aut...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
One of the few cult successes in children's fiction. Tony and Tia Malone are orphans with psychic powers. They run away when a mysterious man tries to adopt them, and are aided by a knowing black cat and a catholic priest as they try to find clues to their history.

The book itself is average. There's far too much exposition handled by Tia or Tony suddenly knowing something, or remembering it. It's also heavily influenced by a forgotten series, Zenna Henderson's The People, coming across almost as...more
Stephanie
Oct 11, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who remember when Disney didn't make crappy movies for kids
I first was exposed to this story in movie form, when Disney made a deliciously dark film out of the novel. (The credit sequence alone makes my hair stand on end.) To whoever was producing pictures at this studio during the 1970s and early 1980s, THANK YOU for making movies for kids that weren't condescending. When I look back at films like Escape to Witch Mountain, The Watcher in the Woods, and Something Wicked This Way Comes,, I am breathless with admiration for the courage and vision it took...more
Sheila
I am writing a story based on this (the rough draft of which is due in three days, ha ha), so I read the book on the train in this morning. It's one of those seminal books from my childhood - when I bought a copy recently, I even bought the exact edition I had when I was seven or eight.

This book is a bit 1968 in spots, mostly with the attitude towads money, although the environmentalism is still fresh today. It's a bit more noir than I remembered in the city/orphanage bits. (Probably when I was...more
Jaime Contreras
Jun 09, 2014 Jaime Contreras rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Jaime by: Nobody
This was a formulaic fantasy book for teens. There are two orphaned siblings (Tony and Tia) who are actually aliens and have repressed memories of their dying world. Now, of course, they remember and are aided by a kind-hearted priest, Fr. O'Day and pursued by an evil nemesis, Lucas Deranian who wants to harness their telekinetic powers and ocate the shadowy source of their powers. This cat-n-mouse pursuit tale is decent but strictly a 'B' grade book.
Debbie Tanner
This book is quite dated (and I think what I read is an original,copy), but the story line is compelling. Two kids are taken to a juvenile detention center because the only person who,has ever taken care of them died suddenly. A man comes to the detention center claiming to be a long lost relative, but the kids are suspicious,,so they run away. The fact that the kids appear to have magical powers also adds a layer of interest to the story.
Erin
Escape to Witch Mountain was a childhood movie that I loved, it was an old movie that I had found one day in the movie Aisle I fell in love with the movie the first time I watched it. Was I shocked when the movie was a book originally, I looked everywhere for it but not only was it out of print but the book was so old that I had to pay a lot of money to buy a used one. I was so happy when Race to Witch mountain came out and they re-released the book!

I love the characters in the book I like that...more
Shannon
I had read this book way back when I was a kid, but back then I was mostly noticing how it differed from the movie -- a lot! Many years and a lame movie later, I can appreciate the book for the original writing it was. It is very dated in spots, with it's talk of witch hunts and communists. A modern version would probably go something like this: Tony & Tia are two young vampires who were separated from their coven by some evil extremist group who wants to use their powers to take over the wo...more
Lisa
Read this as a kid, and revisited it now to see if it wasn't too scary for my older daughter. I think she'll enjoy it. Also, I'm pretty sure this is the book that inspired my sister and I to think at each other in the car for months in hopes that we could develop mental telepathy like these two.
Kelli
Cute book.
I know its probably considered a children's/middle school aged book. Don't let that hinder anyone of you adults from reading it.
Yes its an easy read, however its well written, and has enough maturity where its not boring.
Glad I finally got around to it.
Craig Cote
This was latest audiobook for Corwin and I. It is a classic and Disney has twice turned it into a movie (I'm sure I saw the original but have no recollection, and I didn't see the recent remake). It was a good read, and the narrator did a great job with accents. The story itself was compelling.

When Corwin got into the car today to go to soccer, I told him that we'd finish the book today and his response was "this is going to be one of the greatest days of my life" -- so he was clearly enjoying t...more
Mira Domsky
I loved this movie when I was a kid, and I was very excited to find the book. Good quick pick for reluctant readers as it is short, and action starts quickly. Despite its age, I think the story is still accessible to modern readers.

The story wastes no time getting started or even setting the scene much: Tony and Tia are being taken to an orphanage for troubled children, but their history and parentage are a mystery. When a very rich man comes to adopt them saying he is their uncle, Tia protests,...more
Stefanie
May 19, 2010 Stefanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stefanie by: Read because of the disney movie
In this book, we meet Tony and Tia, two orphaned siblings who are trying to discover where they came from. They know they must come from somewhere special because they have extraordinary abilities that others do not. They search for their home with the help of a friendly priest named Father O'day while they dodge capture from an evil man named Deranian.

I picked this book up because of the 2009 Disney movie. I didn't realize that there were older Disney movies that preceded. The 2009 movie actual...more
Kaethe
Disney just keeps making movies based on the story, I thought I should give the book a glance. It's exciting but shallow. Give it a miss in favor of one of the movies.
Melissa
I missed a lot of this one but what I heard was fun. Boys loved it and can't decide between 4 and 5 stars.
NC
Good. I was amazed how much of this I remembered from my childhood. That speaks well for it I think.
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An American science fiction writer, most of whose books were aimed at a juvenile audience. He became a nationally known illustrator before he became an author. After he began writing novels for young people, he moved his family to the North Carolina mountains, and most of his books include that wild and rugged landscape.

His novel Escape to Witch Mountain was made into a popular film in 1975 and ag...more
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