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Witch Catcher

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  876 ratings  ·  101 reviews
When her widower father inherits a castlelike estate in the mountains of West Virginia, 12-year-old Jen is thrilled. It seems like a wish come true. But she quickly realizes that not all change is positive. Her dad has a mysterious new girlfriend, Moura, who slowly drives a wedge between Jen and her father. Furthermore, Moura has an unusually strong—almost obsessive—intere ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 24th 2006 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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It's fun as a story, but really, you should never, ever break a witch catcher. They were invented for a reason. Dangerous things can happen if you accidentally set a witch free, and they're not going to be as friendly as the one in this book. I was playing with one at my Aunt's house when I was younger and she yelled at me for a long time when I almost knocked it off a table. You don't want a witch after you, it's just going to be a pain all around and could result in someone getting killed or t ...more
Jen and her dad Hugh are the only heirs to an eccentric uncle's estate and find themselves moving to an old, crumbling mansion in the mountains of West Virginia. They are both thrilled...Jen has always dreamed of living in a castle and her dad now has time to devote to his artistic talents. Jen's mom died when she was only a baby, so the two have always been close and been the only family they knew.

All that changes when Hugh introduces Jen to Moura, a beautiful, yet eerily creepy woman who only
I read this when my reading addiction was first really strong (so back in fourth grade. It later died down sadly. Then was revived in 7th Grade by *Annie* <3).Wow I'm getting way too far into my personal life which I'm sure you have no interest in. Back to the book. I'm think back *echo* back...back..back.. Oh yeah. This book absolutely mesmerized me and was the first hard read I tried out. Remember: I was in fourth grade when I read this. But yes, this book took me away on a grand adventure ...more
Ira Book Lover
Buku tentang anak manusia, peri dan penyihir dengan setting di rumah tua besar di dekat hutan. Hmmm, setting seperti itu memang cocok untuk cerita peri dan penyihir ya. Hampir semua cerita tentang peri yang saya baca mengambil setting seperti itu.

Kali ini ceritanya tentang Jen dan ayahnya yang mendapat warisan rumah tua dari Paman Thaddeus. Jen sangat bersemangat dengan rumah itu dan mulai berkhayal kalau dia akan menemukan harta karun di sana. Benar saja, di menara di dekat rumah, Jen berhasil
This book is called witch catcher by Mary downing hahn. This book is about this girl named jen who is 12 years old and is moving in to her fathers great uncles castle jen is so excited its like a dream for her then she quickly starts to see that all change is not good her father all of a sudden starts dating a woman named moura and she evil.
Jen is just a girl who loves adventures she's very curious and likes to explore.
This plot is AMAZING it leaves you at the edge of your seat its a real pag
Delaney Murphy
I have re-read this book and I still want to read it again! It is by one of my all time favorite authors Mary Downing Hahn. This book is in the fantasy genre and I would recommend it for grades 5+. This book is about 12 year old Jen whose life changes when her father inherits a castle like estate from his great uncle. Behind the house is a tower and when Jen sneaks up there without her fathers knowing she finds a beautiful glass globe also known as a "witch catcher". Shortly after moving Jen fin ...more
Krista Stevens
For readers who love fairies - great suspense as Jen finds her life going in the wrong direction as her father falls under the spell of a witch - masquerading as an antiques dealer. The witch tells Jen not to trust fairies - and she turns out to be right and wrong at the same time. Fairies are fey as Jen discovers towards the end of the book - that part, though, seemed at odds with how the fairies had treated her up to that point.

What I wish - Dad never does come around to recognizing how unfair
Witch Catcher by: Mary Downing Hahn is a fantastic! The Witch Catcher is one of my personal favorite's. Mary Downing Hahn (my favorite author of all time's!) made this book Witch Catcher and it is about a girl who's mother died when she was young so she only has her dad until he gets a girlfriend who as an antique expert so when she comes over to their house to look at some antique's she is looking for something she is determined to find. This book is filled with action, adventure and suspense! ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Antonella is currently reading it
This is a fasinating fiction book that anyone that likes magic, faries and powerful antique objects will love this book! The story begins with a 12 years old girl named Jen and with his widowed father that live in West Virginia, Jen
gets fasinated wen they have to move to their new house that is far from the city, the house is like a casttle and not because is just very big but because its in form of a casttle too! The house was from Jen's great uncle Thaddeusus, the enormus house is full of ant
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Patricia - Lady with Books
Witch Catcher was another of those books that tells a classic fairytale, emphasis on the fairy. Like with Witch Hill by Marcus Sedgwick that I reviewed a few weeks ago, Witch Catcher gives us a story that is embedded in our collective psyche. It feels familiar, reaching back into oral tradition. The intrepid heroine faced with danger to her family and a new friend in need of help, rising above herself and becoming more than she ever thought she could have been. This is the story where magic inva ...more
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The cover drew me in. I was searching for a particular book, but was unable to find it. The picture captured my interest, and when I read the description I was only more unbelievably hooked. Unfortunately, I had gathered many books at the library, and had very little time to read. Two weeks went by, and I hadn't read a single book. So, I re-checked them all. Today, I had decided to take most of them back, but when I picked up the "Witch Catcher", I decided to keep it out. I thought I'd read for ...more
The best thing about his book is its cover. It depicts a picture of a shiny globe with light emitting off some corners of is micro angular surface. And inside this globe is a tiny green girl in rags. What really captivated my attention was her facial expression; her hand were pressed tight against the glass of the globe and on her face, was this sorrowful mask with a tint of desperateness. She looks directed at the reader as if pleading the reader to free her from the globe. Ah… So beautiful.
Cypress Ruby
A book about a daughter who did everything alone. Usually in children book, you'll know since the first few chapters who is the bad and good allies. But Mary made me doubt both. There's nothing scarier about an antagonist that can lure you and charm you with their twisted tongues to do their bidding. The story itself had many plot holes but still fun and charming enough for children.
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. It's filled with imagination and magic. I read it in elementary school, but honestly, I would recommend it to a high schooler. Mary Downling Hahn is one of my favorite authors, and I love the Which Cacher because it has a little of all of my favorite elements to books: mystery, friendship, magic, and a touching ending. I recommend this book.
Shandy Yeo
Judul: Witch Catcher
Penulis: Mary Downing Hahn (United States, 9 Desember)
Publikasi: United States, 24 Juli 2006

Hal yang menarik minat saya terhadap novel ini adalah benda magis yang bernama Penangkap Penyihir. Menurut saya, namanya lebih cocok disebut Penangkap Sihir, karena benda ini bukan hanya menangkap penyihir, tapi juga peri.

Bagi anak-anak yang mulai menginjak masa remaja, novel ini patut dibaca. Tokoh utama yang masih dua belas tahun sudah tidak mau dianggap anak-anak lagi. Hidupnya menj
Natalie Woster
The Witch Catcher by Mary Downing Hahn was a very fascinating book. Full of mystical creatures like realistic fairies that aren't so trustworthy, Jenn tries to find the truth through this mess. When Moura, her soon to-be step-mother, tries to get rid of Jenn, she fails. Overall, this book was very exciting.
Lauren Fidler
according to the book jacket, where i get 97% of my information, this is mary downing hahn's first "fantasy" novel.


so all those other books about supernatural ghosts were ventures into realism.


here be the story of jen, her rich great uncle thaddeus, a castle for a home, and a dad with no backbone.

the premise is pretty typical of these things: girl with no mom moves to new house, dad "falls in love" with evil lady after dad's treasures (literal, here, not figurative), girl unleashes fa
My favorite part of this book was the language used by the fairies. The story itself is good for the audience. Suspenseful without being too scary. The resolution at the end was less satisfying, but overall an entertaining way to spend a few hours.
Mary Downing Hahn captures the readers attention in this wonderful book! The characters are so well done. You just love Jen and Kieryn and hate Moura. What a great reveal of the child's determination and strength .
LCL Children'S
A fantasy by Mary Downing Hahn. I enjoyed this one a lot as it is more in my genre. A bit dark, but still great for grades 4-7. And I will now get off my Mary Downing Hahn kick. JWM
Hahn trades her usual ghosts for fairies and witches in this upper-elementary gothic.

Pros: Brave and likable protagonist. Clever cat. Lines between good and evil not always clear.

Cons: Too much fairy "jargon" could distract readers not used to dialect.

This, like the other stories Hahn writes for grades 3-5 is an easy recommendation to kids who like fantasy or scary books. Hahn is great at creating families and settings that kids accept (what 10-year-olds haven't felt their parents were ignoring
Good story. There's a reason she's been one of my favorite authors since childhood, and it's that she writes good, interesting, spooky stories!
May 13, 2015 Emily added it
I think this book was suspense and scary but awesome and i would recommend it. It is funny but also scary at the same time. This is a good book.
Apr 14, 2009 Kristen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Emma, Abby
Mary Downing Hahn writes a good ghost story, and in her first foray into fantasy, she proves she can write fantasy just as well. A 12 year old girl and her widowed father move into an inherited honest-to-goodness castle. Her father becomes entranced with a local antique store owner, whom the girl distrusts on sight. She finds a mysterious glass ball in an old tower, which leads her into a mystery. It's not just a run-of-the-mill mystery, however, it's one that involves a supernatural battle betw ...more
Sheena Gossett
Constantly on edge that the heroine wouldn't survive and the bad guys would win the day. Hahn is a writer I definitely enjoy reading.
Cede sipes
This is an okay book, I wished it had more detail. The think the author could of added to the story a little. I like the characters a lot.
Gentur Aji Satyananto
well, membaca buku ini membuat diri ini berpikir, aku koq merasa mirip peri ya, in the way they behave :/
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