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The Conjure Book

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Life is lonely for 13-year-old Jane Riggs in the historical New England village that is her new home -- until she discovers a four-hundred-year-old book of spells that really works. Guided by the ghost of the witch who wrote the conjure book, Jane embarks on a terrifying but glorious quest for magical power. Her ambition is to contact her mother, dead these ten years and r ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Prime Books
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Attanasio is one of speculative fiction's more cerebral authors, and I approached this young adult book with some trepidation. In that, I was partly right, and partly wrong.

Attanasio tones down both his vocabulary (some) and his customary ethereality to a level appropriate for intelligent youngsters. The story is fairly simple, though in some ways not credible. The protagonist, a 13 year old spelunker, thinks nothing of plunging immediately into a deep hole in the ground. Since she's otherwise m
Lori Budd
Apr 24, 2014 Lori Budd rated it liked it
A very quick read. I read it in about 3 days. It is cute and has a nice flow to the storyline. I absolutely loved Joeffry. He was a more developed character than I think Jane was. Often, I just kept saying to myself that Jane is just a spoiled little brat. The ending was a little disappointing. Not so much how the story ended, but more the final chapter. It felt like I was being lectured about religious beliefs. (I don't if others would agree with that) I would have preferred, to not have so muc ...more
Frances Hampton
Apr 28, 2014 Frances Hampton rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book for an imaginative child to read! I wish I had this book to carry me off when I was a child. This is the first book by this author that I have read. I had to expectations other than to be told a story. Perhaps it was this that allowed me to enjoy this book. Perhaps it was that I treasure my inner child and hold dear the things she holds dear. Whatever the reason, I was enchanted by this story. It took me far away from this world and allowed my imagination to dance. I think ...more
Rich Zowaski
Jan 04, 2013 Rich Zowaski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
A very delightful read. Not too surprising, given the author. Highly recommend any of AAA's to new readers of his books.
Aug 18, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite pleasurable. I'm not really sure why I chose to read it with several hundred books on my to read list, but about a month ago I started it and promptly forgot. Today I found it again in the pile and a few hours later I'm sad it finished so quickly.

What's to like:

1. Wicca theme. It is drenched in the mood of the supernatural.
2. The faeries and gnomes were fun.
3. BEST of all: the seductive hook of dragging Jane in deeper each time she makes a choice. She becomes responsible.
4. I enjo
May 27, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
In this YA mystical story, a 13 yr old goes exploring where she shouldn’t and ends up at the bottom of a hole. In this hole are things she never imagined (including a hanging body!), many, many dolls hanging for the ceiling, out of the walls, etc. She realizes she is in what once was someone’s house; although many years ago. It is underground, after all. The girl sees an old book, pages stuck together and decides to take it to show her father.
Error! The book is the Grimoire of Hyssop Jane from 1
Dec 18, 2014 Maki rated it liked it
This book started off so well. The description of the knoll was amazing. The tone was nicely creepy and magical. The apple dolls in the underground house were so well-painted by words that they gave me the chills just reading about them.

But then, Jane left the knoll.

I didn't mind cranky ghost witch. I accepted that to make magic work, the main character had to stop wearing jeans, shoes, or anything with buttons or zippers. I didn't say anything about her hairstyle making magic more effective. I
Jan 07, 2013 Rosann rated it it was amazing
This was actually a very pleasurable book to read. Loved ALL the characters,, from Hysop Joan to Jeoffry the "familiar" cat.

When I finished the book and was on the last page where the author listed more of his books, I kinda looked for more books on Janes further adventure of her witchcraft learning.

But then I thought that well.. maybe its best that the author finished his tales on Jane, and Hysop Joan and Jeoffry that way we can remember them pleasurably as we did when we finished.
When charact
Jan 02, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Cerca del cuento y la fábula.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Jane Riggs es una niña de trece años que vive en Massachusetts y que encuentra los restos de una casa y, entre otros artículos inquietantes, un libro que resulta ser un grimorio perteneciente a una bruja del siglo XVII. Cuando el familiar de la antigua dueña visita a Jane, esta debe abrir los ojos y ver el mundo desde otra perspectiva.

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Mar 08, 2014 Prismseven rated it liked it
Interesting young teen fantasy story. Initially hard to get into the story but the more i read the better it got. Nice bitter sweet ending.
May 01, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special. I've been reading it between classes and unlike many of the books I read during class, I didn't feel that invisible pull to keep reading once class began. It was easy to put down. I'd suggest it for a younger teenager, maybe about 13. I do enjoy young adult books, but sometimes you run into one that is for a younger crowd.
Apr 08, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Jane moved to Massachusetts from New Mexico and is lonely because her scientist father is always gone. When she decides to explore a hole in a knoll and finds a buried witch's cottage from the 1600s, she finds herself in an adventure that quickly turns quite frightening!
Edwina Hall Callan
Started this book about a year and a half ago.
Read the first 30 pages or so, then laid it aside and forgot about it.
Picked it up a few days ago and wound up getting lost inside it, not sure why I laid it aside for so long as it was really a fun little book.
May 05, 2014 Stephen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I wanted to like this book, but could never really get into the story, it just wasn't that great.
Aug 24, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
What a great read.
I picked this book just beacause of the cover and good price.
What a lucky find.
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I’m a novelist and student of the imagination living in Honolulu. Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I’m particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love carrying this soulful energy outside my mind, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.
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