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Witch Child by Celia Rees
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Oct 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, juvenile-ya, own, read-in-2009, helluva-halloween, social-commentary, cover-appeal
Read in September, 2009

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 the center of jealousies and scandals that will raise the question of witchcraft again, making her safety in the new world as questionable as it was in the old.
I was caught up in this story from the very beginning. Setting aside the "convenient" aspects of the story (the fact that the dialogue is fairly modern, which is explained away, and the fact that she always just happens to have access to her diary and recalls events w/ complete clarity, etc), Mary's voice was always engaging, and she was completely relatable and her story is captivating. She is an admirable girl, raised to be strong and self-reliant, which is a dangerous thing to be as an English woman in the mid 1600s. She is smart and self-assured, a great role model for modern girls, but because independent women were seen as a threat, she lives in fear of the day that her world will crumble and the people around her turn on her.
This really brought home to me what freaks me out about humans...

The rest (if you are dying to know what freaks me out about humans) can be found here on the blogness...
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09/28 page 125
52.08% "I am surprised to find that I'm actually liking this. I don't know why that surprises me, exactly."
08/11 marked as: read

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Liz I'm glad you enjoyed this, I have it at home and need to read it.

Misty It just seemed perfect for right now.

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