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Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New Worl ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Candlewick Press (MA) (first published 2000)
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Lyndz
May 17, 2012 Lyndz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lyndz by: Moleking
The North American witch hunts of the 1600’s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history, particularly for women who were unable to conform to the norms of society.


Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary, recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved old grandmother had to endure before her public execution in England. It follows Mary as she makes her journey to the New World where she realized that things are not much different than they were in
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Cora Linn
5 Words: Magic, conflict, superstition, new world.

This is such a great book, and I've loved it for years. It's not a high-paced thriller and to be honest not much actually happens, but it is a great, pleasant read, and totally compelling.

I love the various settings and all of the conflict which comes with them.

This book flirts with fantasy but there's very little outright. It not in your face, it's subtle and quite tame. It comes across as very realistic and what magic is mentioned is rather vag
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Wendi
Feb 03, 2009 Wendi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tina, Sarah
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Lily
Apr 12, 2009 Lily added it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes magical controversy
Witch Child, by Celia Rees explores a very contradictory issue that existed in America for a vast amount of time. The Salem Witch trials are studied in classes to this day, and the events that took place still haunt many people. This novel does not focus directly or bluntly state the events of the Salem Witch Trials, but is obviously focused in that central time period. The setting of this novel is essential in the plot, which is something I do not regularly see in other texts. This unique focus ...more
Kate Forsyth
This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins: ‘I am Mary. I am a witch.’ It is set in 1659, during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s death and before the return of Charles II. Her story is purportedly told in diary entries that have been found sewn inside a quilt. It is a tragic and powerful tale, which begins when Mary’s grandmother is arrested and tortured by witch-finders and then hanged in the town square. Mary is rescued by a rich woman who she suspects may be her real mother, ...more
Tairique Robinson
Tairique Robinson

This book was one of the most boring books I evEr read in my life. From cover to cover a bunch of nonsense. It was like any other book you would find in a book store. This book should not ever be handed out again. Thats all i have to say.BORING!!
NSAndrew Liebergen
This was my favorite book to read this week. I don’t know why, it just was the story that engrossed me into the book. You all should read this book. It is kind of a cross between a documentary, thriller, and a love story. I believe our current students would extremely enjoy this book. With the popularity of vampires and Harry Potter, children will love the supernatural aspect of this book. Teachers will love the historical facts and situations interwoven into the story.
The main character Mary N
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Beth Bonini
This is a particularly compelling example of historical fiction. So compelling, in fact,that I think my students may well ask, "Is this real?" I have to continually explain that good fiction SHOULD convince you that "it" (the characters, the emotions, the storyline) is "real," but sometimes they find that concept confusing. Well, author Celia Rees does a terrific job of making you feel like a historian/anthropologist who has just discovered an amazing find: the diary of a young colonial girl whi ...more
Relyn
Aug 05, 2011 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen lit lovers
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at a Phoenix used book shop
One of the things I was really looking forward to about this vacation is all the time in the car to read. Humph! I didn't bring a single book that I wanted to read. No kidding. At the time I packed, I was tired and I grabbed really light reading. When it came time to read, I really wanted a story, you know? Instead, I read all my magazines and bought more.

One of the things Jeffrey and I always do in a new city is go to the art museum and seek out good used bookstores. I found this one at Bards
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TheBookAddictedGirl
Apr 18, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone Over 11 Who Love Powerful Characters, Magic, And Historical Fiction You Can't Put Down!
“I am Mary. I am a witch.”

Witch Child tells the story of a girl named Mary, whose grandmother was hanged for being a witch. She had to leave, before the townspeople turned on her as well. And so she was taken away from the only home she’s know by a mysterious woman she’s never met, Mary is sent to America for her own safety. But life aboard a ship of Puritans heading to the New World is just as dangerous as it was back home in England – maybe more so. Can she keep her secret? Or will she be disc
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Eliza Brittni
Nov 30, 2008 Eliza Brittni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people intrested in history
Recommended to Eliza Brittni by: my mom
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Luana
Se avete una nipote, un nipote, un cugino, il figlio di amici di famiglia, la sorellina e volete regalare un libro, eccolo qua, servito su un piatto d'argento, 'Il viaggio della strega bambina'.
Semplice, ma non banale, ambientato nella America del 1600 invasa dai nuovi coloni puritani che, partendo giudicati dall'Inghilterra, arrivano nel Nuovo Mondo pronti a giudicare a loro volta, un nuovo mondo di indigeni, ma anche il loro stesso sangue, accusandolo di stregoneria.

Un libro sui pregiudizi, su
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Nikki
I don't think I was really in the mood for this. It's a fairly straightforward historical fiction, with a fairly standard frame story of a found diary type deal. It's very easy to read; definitely aimed at young adults, if not at kids. Probably that's part of it -- it was so easy there was nothing to hold onto. The set-up is interesting enough, and for what it is, it's well-written, but there wasn't enough substance for me.
Susan Rose
Plot: This is the story of Mary a British teenager living in the time of the restoration of the monarchy.After he grandmother is accuse of witchcraft who is sent to live in the American colony of Salem.

Favourite Quote: 'If I had any power, any at all, I would destroy them all, right here and now. I would turn them into mass of fornicating toads. I would turn them into leprous blind newts and set them to eat themselves. I would cover their bodies with suppurating plague sores. I would curse them
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Although Mary never knew her parents, she lived happily in a cabin in the woods with her grandmother and pets. However, her grandmother was a healer, a trusted member of the community until only recently. Now, she's gone, and Mary is alone in the world, on the run from the witch hunters.

A mysterious benefactor comes to Mary's aid, telling her that she must set sail for the American colonies with a tight knit community of Puritans. Even though Mary
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Misty
Initial reaction: 4.5. Damn close to a 5, actually. I may bump it up.

Here is a teaser from my review:
Witch Child takes the form of a diary written by Mary Nuttal (claiming to be Mary Newbury). After her grandmother is killed for supposedly being a witch, Mary is sent to America to assume a new identity and sever all ties with her past, ties which may get her killed. She takes up with a colony of Puritans traveling to the New World, and soon finds a place among them. But she also finds herself t
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Jane
Oct 06, 2011 Jane added it
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Tanja
I am Mary. I am a witch. This is the beginning of Mary Newbury journal in 1659. After watching the witch trial of her grandmother, Mary escapes the prejudice of England and sets sail for America. She joins unlikely companions, the puritans. We are aware that this is a dangerous decision, yet what other choice is there? Is she really a witch? Did she really live? These questions are for you to find out as you read her journal.
This story reads very much like a journal would. There is not a lot of
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Mia -
E' che mi son fatta delle domande e mi sono data delle risposte quando ho finito di leggerlo.

- L'ho finito!
- E ti è piaciuto?
- Mica tanto.
- E' scritto male?
- No, che c'entra, scritto male no, però ...
- Però?
- E' una scrittura un po' ridondante, capisco che ha a che fare con il periodo in cui è ambientato, metà del 1600 tra l'inghilterra e l'america, la caccia alle streghe, gli indiani, però ho fatto fatica.
- A te piacciono le streghe.
- Di brutto!
- Ma questo libro no?
- 'nsomma.
- Nemmeno un perso

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Sofia Soto
Celia Ree's Witch Child is an amazing story and also a true story. This book is written based on a diary found in the 1600s about a girl named Mary and her Journey trying to hide who she is. I found this book to be an amazing book to read since it is a story of a girl that actually lived a long time ago.

In Witch Child a lot of similar history and events are written, and history is always useful to learn from our ancestors mistakes and as a lesson, for example at some point in the story Mary and
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Kelly
“Words have power. These are mine.”

Mary Nuttall was just sixteen years old when her grandmother Eliza – the only family she’d ever known – was murdered. Accused of practicing witchcraft, the old woman was tortured, stripped naked, bound, and “floated” - tossed into a river to sink or swim. Her buoyancy taken as a sure sign of guilt, Eliza was pulled from the water only so that she could be hanged in public. Once trusted to heal their loved ones, Eliza’s friends and neighbors in this rural Englis
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Arminzerella
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David Sof 2014
Witch Child is about a young girl and her grandomother witch who was captured and killed with proof thats shes a witch.Mary was then to the mysterious women whosent a letter and gave it to Mary to a guy named John rivers.She helped wher because Mary's grandmother saved her life and she would do anything to repaid of what kindness she did.
During the boat ride Mary met a lot of new people that doesn't know if she a witch or not including herself.She met Martha a kind women, Jonah and Tobias,Jake,S
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Syd Roh-the
"First they walked her, marching her up and down, up and down between them for a day and a night until she could no longer hobble, her feet all bloody and swollen. But she would not confess. So they set about to prove she was a witch…"

When young Mary Newbury’s grandmother is accused and hanged for being a witch Mary disguises herself as a Puritan girl set to America. Challenges find her around every turn. She reaches America after a long voyage and finds herself in a new settlement along with th
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Roberta
Galleggia!

In città vivono nove streghe, tre vestite di lana, tre vestite di stracci, tre del miglior velluto...

Inghilterra, 1659. La giovane Mary assiste all'impiccagione per stregoneria della nonna Alice Nuttall. Subito dopo viene aiutata da una giovane e graziosa donna che organizza la sua partenza verso il Nuovo Mondo insieme a un gruppo di puritani in fuga dall'Inghilterra.

Non aspettatevi un libro fantasy o horror sulle streghe. La stregoneria di cui parla Celia Rees è quella reale, per cui
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Ramie
All of my reviews (and those by some other awesome chicks) can be found at: http://chicksgetlit.blogspot.com/

Witch Child is historical fiction done the way it should be done, the way that makes some people wonder if it's fiction at all. The book starts off by letting us know that the pages of a diary have been found, stitched in between the fabric of an old quilt. That diary belonged to a young girl named Mary. Mary's story is a sad one, raised by her grandmother during the 1600s. She had no ide
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Charlotte Jones
Despite the very mixed reviews on Goodreads, I found this book gripping, entertaining anda real page turner. Firstly, I was immediately drawn in by the cover. Usually I prefer books with illustrated covers, but I found that the photograph on this and the sepia tones really reflect the feel and atmostphere of the book.

With regards to the premise and the style of writing, this book contains diary entries written by Mary, the granddaughter of a witch, around 1659-1660. It is regarded as a children
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Rebecca
'She was locked in the keep for more than a week. First they walked her up and down, up and down between them, for a day and a night until she could no longer hobble, her feet all bloody and swollen. She would not confess. So they set about to prove she was a witch...'

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Aracelys Benitez
The granddaughter of a witch, Mary keeps a diary which begins with the words, ‘I am Mary. I am a witch…’ This book is a 'diary' in which the reader can read every entry Mary has written throughout her experiences, only able to be read because 300 years later, the diary is found and once more is able to tell the story of Mary's life. It tells of the traumatizing moments in her life, the moments filled with love, and the moments filled with the agony of Mary not knowing what will happen to herself ...more
Jessie Blackwood
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Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's literature, including some horror and fantasy books.

She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, dur
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