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 s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When I was in my preteen stage, I went through a historical fiction stage, and I read countless books about witch hunts. Almost all of them share some major traits: a main character who is a misfit, usually because she's particularly unreligious, and a boring beginning.
Unfortunately, this book doesn't break that mold. Rees breaks no boundaries with her sometimes-boring plotti ...more
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!!
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 ...more
The main character Mary N ...more
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 ...more
"Witch Child had been on my shelf for over a year until I finally picked it up and decided to read it. It’s a story about a girl named Mary that is a witch and the book is written in the format of her secret diary. It’s set in the 17th century where women were burned or hanged without any trials for the most simple suspicions of them being witches." (...)
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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 ...more
When her grandmother is accused for sorcery, Mary has to flee immediately. With the help of a mysterious woman, she is able to get on a boat that is leaving the continent for the New World. Living within a puritan settlement, Mary is however once again the target of hatred and persecution. Will her friends be able to protect her?
I have always been intersted in reading about the persecution of whiches and sorceres as one of the darkest chapters in human history and I remember that I e ...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 ...more
- L'ho finito!
- E ti è piaciuto?
- Mica tanto.
- E' scritto male?
- No, che c'entra, scritto male no, 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?
- Nemmeno un perso
Witch Child is solidly in the historical genre, and only mildly in paranormal, so if you’re looking for a story about witches, this ain’t it.
The only reason someone would ever want to read the journal of a witch is if there was mention of witchcraft or some cool sorceries. Mary’s journal though, is mostly about her migration to America ...more
They did not want her drowning, because that would deprive the people of a hanging.
Witch Child is presented as a collection of found journal entries written by Mary Newbury between March 1659 and October 1660. Mary comes from a family of witches and therefore defines herself as a witch (even though she doesn’t really practice much). After Mary’s grandmother is hanged she must flee to avoid the same fate. She boards a ship to the New World where she hopes to leave behind her witchy ...more
Le premesse, quelle del viaggio di crescita e delle avventure di una giovane strega in un epoca storica fatta di persecuzioni e superstizioni, sono estremamente interessanti, così come, durante il proseguire della narra ...more
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 ...more
This story reads very much like a journal would. There is not a lot of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was a tad bit worried that I was getting into a unrealistic young adult paranormal novel that was and filled to the brim with cheesy romance (not exactly my cup of tea.) That is not at all what this book is.
This book was so subtle when it comes to witchcraft. The subject didn't come into focus until you really got to know the characters, especially Mary. I found this to be a very nice touch as it made the story seem more realistic rather than over the ...more
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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 ...more