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Enter Three Witches

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,049 ratings  ·  179 reviews
A fresh perspective on MACBETH from one of today's foremost YA writers. Three girls witness the action of Shakespeare's play firsthand -- and their lives are forever changed because of it.

Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king -- and is hanged as a traitor. In an instant, Mary has l
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press
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Caroline B. Cooney strikes again! I began this book a little warily, because I am used to Cooney's realistic fiction. In this novel,Cooney uses Shakespeare's Macbeth as a springboard for her own story peopled with characters she makes up who experience the events in the play. The author's note at the end of the book encourages her readers to read Shakespeare's play (and tells them the way to get the most out of the reading). I am already itching to reread Macbeth with fresh perspective, and I ho ...more
Sep 19, 2009 TheSaint rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This novelization of Macbeth, from the point of view of an attractive peripheral player in the drama might be a good introduction to Shakespeare for some motivated readers. The plot is full of action as well as romance, so it might appeal to both boys and girls.
I have a quibble with some of the characters. Author Cooney has a very long dramatis personae (longer even than the original), so she uses some stereotypes as shortcuts.
Coming from someone who has basic knowledge of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Cooney did a great job building her own story on the play while keeping in line with the general plot. There were several instances where specific lines and scenes were described as a kind of timeline that tied Enter Three Witches to Macbeth.

Cooney told the story from many perspectives - almost too many, in my opinion. Thankfully, the whole book was in third person limited. I don't think I would be able to stand it if it had
It took me a while to get into this book (and I actually put it down for a few days and read other things, which is unusual for me) because it jumps between narrators so much. I never got to know any of the characters very well, which may have been a good thing--Lady Mary is pretty stupid and boring. The other characters are right about her. Fortunately, some of the people around her are more interesting. (Also, what is it about Fleance in Macbeth fan fiction? What makes him so desirable?)
I just finished writing a small review on The Goddess of Yesterday, and I had said I didn't feel the draw to her other books like that one. Well I was wrong! lol I really enjoyed this one as well. I don't think I've been able to relate to a MacBeth character as well as the main heroin in this.
A spin-off from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Very fun and entertaining, but I could only give it three stars since it ultimately demonstrates the author's devastatingly confused and inaccurate understanding of Shakespeare.
Mandi Murphy
What a great read! I've never read MacBeth, but I think I will give it a try now.
This is an interesting take on the story of Macbeth. It follows the story of Lady Mary as she witnesses the horror unfolding around her. Overall the characters are interesting, the story changes focus from one character's perspective to another but generally stays focused on what is happening to Mary. This is an interesting style choice as the story unfolds with different characters knowing some of the details of what is happening and seeing how these small details come together to complete the ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Maryanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shakespeare fans, all teens
There's a story behind my reading this book, which is appropriate given the subject matter. I had recently read "Lady Macbeth" by Susan Fraser King (a review for another day) and I also happened to have watched "Shakespeare Retold" with James McAvoy as a modern Macbeth at around the same time. I was walking down an aisle in the teen library in Louisville, when out of the corner of my eye, I happen to see "Enter Three Witches" on the top shelf facing out. I pick it up. It doesn't take even a seco ...more
The book I picked up on a whim, honestly. I was in the mindset of "triple deities" and saw one on the witches of Macbeth. I immediately borrowed it. And this was the result.

In her "Author's Note," Cooney urges the reader to read Macbeth after Enter Three Witches. I have to say, I really do want to read Macbeth right after. And I've already read the play once or twice. It's probably one of my more favorite tragedies, and considering the heavy dialogue in the play itself, I was curious over how th
This book would appeal both to those who have read Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and to those who haven't, but the former group will want to reread the play afterwards just as the latter will probably be interested in reading it for the first time. Caroline Cooney creates a few young additional characters to add to the mix and make the connection with her young readers, but unlike most YA novels that try to do this, her additions seem believable and do not take over the action excessively. I was espec ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Ruhama rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
A retelling of Macbeth by Shakespeare.

Lady Mary is the first main character we meet, and we learn she is staying with the Macbeths' while she waits for the war to be over, and her betrothed to wed her once it is done. But tragedy befalls her, and the entire country, as her father betrays the king, who is victorious, and then the king is killed while celebrating at the Macbeth castle, creating confusion and accusations at Inverness. The plot thickens as the readers learns of all the different mee
Cooney, Caroline B. Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc., 2007.

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Quite a noble undertaking, and yet Cooney did not quite succeed. Very few have succeeded in doing what Shakespeare did best, taking the familiar story and making it new and exciting. In Enter Three Witches Cooney blends the historical Macbeth with the Macbeth portrayed by Shakespeare and creates the new character of Lady Mary through whom the majority of the action is observe
I'm about half way through this one and am a bit distraught. I LOVE Macbeth, so was really looking forward to reading this book. Enter Three Witches is about Lady Mary who is the daughter of the Thane of Cawdor (who was executed for being a traitor, then his title was given to Macbeth, which was one of the prohecies), and overheard the original 3 prophecies. I'm half way through the book, and King Duncan was finally executed...moves rather slowly. But like with Jake Reinvented, maybe it's becaus ...more
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Having seen Macbeth performed live, I was really excited to read the actual play. Remembering I had this in my TBR I started it as soon as I could- and really enjoyed it!

Caroline B. Cooney is a terrific writer. One of my favorite series ever (The Face on the Milk Carton) is written by her so I was beyond excited to start this. Luckily this was another excellent read and is perfect for those who have read Shakespeare's play as well as those who haven't.

To begin with, Enter Three Witches wasn't a
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Mary a innocent pretty little girl is living in the castel with Lord and Lady Macbeth. She has a room and practically everything she need. While the country was at war she is living in the castel and is one of the only four girls in the castel. One is named Swin, a girl who slaughters animals and often meeting witches, Ildred a maid of Lady Macbeth she is the exact opposite of Mary her only friend is a dog. Mary sometimes have a hurting thumb which she later founds out that it means something wi ...more
Enter Three Witches by Caroline B Cooney tries to retell that most famous Scottish play.

Her writing style is solid and comprehensive. It was what I would consider an 'easy' read, if you will but it keeps with the olden days feel and era appropriate language.

The author chose to tell the story from multiple people's perspective. She handled a large cast of characters. As anyone who knows this is aware when you have lots of characters that you try to get to know the reader can feel distanced and
Jennifer Wardrip
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Caroline B. Cooney takes Shakespeare's MACBETH to new heights with ENTER THREE WITCHES.

Lady Mary is set for life. She has a bright future complete with a betrothal to a handsome boy, a castle of her own, and more than she could ever want. When her father is hanged for treachery, that bright future is ripped from her fingers. Instead, she becomes a maid in the household of Lord and Lady Macbeth, a dangerously powerful couple who will do anything to ge
Mar 25, 2013 dixy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to dixy by: YA For Adults Book Club
I read this book for the YA book club I am a part of, and at first sight I did not believe I would like it that much, partly due to the fact that I tend to be a skeptic of books that are written based off of other stories/books. I was pleasantly surprised though, when I constantly found myself wanting to know what happens next whenever I put the book down. I liked Cooney’s choice to write the chapters from the point of view of different characters, and I loved that her style wasn’t repetitive (a ...more
Nov 08, 2008 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teens and adults
Recommended to Cindy by: library
Shelves: teen, blog, hist-fiction
Lady Mary is a ward of the Macbeths. Yes, those Macbeths. The ones in the play. She is beautiful, rich, and sweet. She has a perfect life. Until her father is captured as a traitor to the king and executed. Her lands are given to Macbeth and she is expected to work in the kitchen. From idle rich to scullery maid in one day.

Lady Mary begins to notice some odd things happening in the castle. First she saw Macbeth speaking with some witches. Then she saw Lady Macbeth reading a letter, something qui
Yet another retelling of the MacBeth story (apparently there's a bunch of these), told mostly from the point-of-view of a young lady who lives in Inverness Castle. They had this at the library, so I grabbed it. I'm almost halfway done - it's a surprisingly quick read, considering the weighty topic. I actually saw MacBeth performed when I was in HS, but I barely remember it. I'm not a huge fan of historical novels, but the author has a very interesting way of structuring the chapters, and I reall ...more
Amy Snyder
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Mar 25, 2008 Ali rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Fiction; Parody

This book is an amazing parody of Macbeth. Its much more detailed then Shakespeare’s version with new characters and embellishment of characters with smaller roles. I confess I adore parodies so it makes me a little prone to blindness of their faults so please bear with me. This book really brought Shakespeare alive for me, I have a bit of difficulty understanding Shakespeare and this book really brought Macbeth alive for me. I really understood lady Macbeths insanity, and it was
I think I'd set my expectations a little too high for this book. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it! It just wasn't as good as I was expecting.
The beginning is very slow and dry. Jumping from one place to another in the multiple settings made me not really have time to care about the different characters in the different settings.
HOWEVER, once Macbeth becomes king, that's when things get interesting.
The characters begin to develop in a new and fascinating way. Smaller events take place that perfec
I really enjoyed this YA book--and it made me want to re-read Macbeth, which is no mean feat. It has also inspired an interest in Shakespeare in my 10 year old, which makes me happy! I enjoyed Caroline Cooney's "Goddess of Yesterday" also. Both were imaginative works of historical fiction that made me want to learn more about their time periods and/or bases.
JoAnn B.
Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney is a retelling of MacBeth primarily from the point of view of fourteen-year-old Lady Mary who has been sent as a ward to be taught how to run a household by Lady MacBeth. It follows Shakespeare’s play very closely, but fills in the background as well as gives an idea of what life in Medieval times might have been like. I thought the characters were well developed and saw Lady Mary grow from a rather vapid girl to a mature young woman. The secondary chara ...more
Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king — and is hanged as a
traitor. In an instant, Mary has lost both her father and future. Now she's trapped in a castle with a power-hungry couple who will do anything to get
what they want — and are willing to crush anyone in their way. Including Mary. As the murderous events of Shakespeare's play unfold around her, Mary must
struggle to survive — and do what she can to p
I'm not the right audience, as this book is written for teens (thus the 3 rather than maybe a 4). But I think it could be a great introduction to Shakespeare's Macbeth for that age group. I'm really impressed with how Cooney maintains Shakespeare's story while introducing a new set of characters for the younger readers.
Maggie V
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem
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