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Witch Catcher

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  805 ratings  ·  85 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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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
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
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.
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 .
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
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
J A current Blackeyed Susan nominee. Spirited 12 year old Jen moves into an old mansion, inherited by her father. Two events are disturbing right off the bat..her father has been dating a local antiques dealer that Jen cannot warm up to. Then this dealer becomes nasty when she insists that Jen hand over the glass globe "witch catcher" that she unearthed in a tower on the grounds. It becomes quite a mysterious and exciting story pitting fairies against witches and Jen has to show a good bit of pl ...more
I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the plot pulled me in. I liked the different kinds of creatures presented and the way they were presented.
Feb 08, 2015 Lacy is currently reading it
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Awesome how do u read it on dis app?
Melody Braeutigam
A really fun book to read. I recommend it to any one who enjoys a good fantasy.
When a little girl and her father move to a new town, she becomes curious about many things. Barely anyone lives in this town and the house they are in is quite old. In this house she dicovers a glass orb. Upon breaking the orb, a kind little witch comes out and warns her that the realestate agent is an evil witch that has captured her family and will put the girl's father under a spell. Can this girl protect her father and set the kind witch's family free? Can she bring her father to see the tr ...more
I have to say that the most captivating part about the book was, indeed, its cover. The story idea, overall, was well thought out but the underdeveloped characters and repetitive writing style was what caused me to be uninterested about halfway through. The plot needed a bit more although I liked Hahn's originality and style in fantasy writing. I do not disagree that Hahn could turn out a great author; all that's needed is a little practice.
Gracie Reyes
Jen finds out what Mora's really after... It's the most beautiful thing Jen has ever seen! It's a bottle; but not just any bottle. Look closely my friend I DARE YOU
go ahead and look! It won't hurt you, The witch catcher only entraps creatures or other beings. But wait it's not just the witch catcher the're after... It's Jen's Dad. Can she save her dad from total distruction and choas? From being under Mora's Love Spell?
Cooper Jones
It took me a little while to get through this one. Mostly because the story was just like a basic fairy tale and I was kind of tired of hearing it. But all-in-all I thought the book was ok.
Evez Beadz
Hard to finish. This whimsy fairy magic induced book was a little to much for me. Dumb and boring. But I like the author for the most part and finished it.
It reminds me of reading Spiderwick Chronicles. Couldn't do those books. Seem to try to hard to be different and neat and fails. The book Witch Catcher sounds really neat and magical ~ maybe for a much younger crowd.
I loved Mary Downing Hahn when I was little and the cover intrigued me so I picked it up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a lot of fun and brought back happy memories of reading her books when I was younger. It's not a masterpiece which is why I only gave it three stars, but I still recommend for a fun, quick read.
Nov 04, 2011 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I dunno. I just didn't get it. It didn't quite make the switch from normal creepy Mary Downing Hahn stuff to fantasy. It was okay--the story was somewhat interesting and had some good elements in it. It kind of had the fantasic feel of older books in the genre, like "A Wrinkle in Time."
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