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The Channel Island of Guernsey seems to be an ideally peaceful place for summer holidays — or so 14-year-old Mike thinks until he sees the strange flickering lights up on Trepied Hill, just behind the house where he is staying with his divorced father. His new friend Lisa insists a coven of witches meets each Friday night at a prehistoric tomb on the hill, but Mike, taught ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published February 24th 2003 by Groundwood Books
(first published 1984)
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I have enjoyed Welwyn Wilton Katz before. The tie-in of Canadian and Scottish politics with magic in “Come Like Shadows”, made an exceptionally original novel. People who enjoy the spice of life want unconventional spirituality or ethnic adventures, which Welwyn makes-up. Often we seek it in children’s books because adult literature seldom delivers a paranormal premise boldly. In “Witchery Hill”, a boy and his Dad visit a friend in Guernsey, England. It’s apparent the man’s daughter dislikes his ...more
Although I really enjoyed this book both as an adolescent and later, I think I got rid of it because it disturbed me so much to have witchcraft equated with Satanism in it. It is a fun horror thriller, pitting a normal boy against his evil stepmother - who in this case is REALLY EVIL. Great, exciting, climactic ending.
Everyone has interests. Some people like my father had very few but he knew everything about them and received an OBE for the work he did on one of them during the second world war. Obviously this anecdote shows that having only a few interests isn't a bad thing. However, sometimes I think that the more things people are interested in, the more chance they have of becoming a traditionally publishe ...more