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Readers of Once a Witch (2009) will be eager for this sequel after that story’s cliffhanger ending, and they will not be disappointed. Now that she has discovered her true powers, Tamsin Greene faces the difficult decision of how to use them to ensure the future of her entire family. She does this by Traveling again, this time to 1887 in hopes of compelling her ancestors to help. The action takes place almost entirely in the past, which is a change from the first volume, and though Tamsin adjusts to her cover as a lady’s maid with unusual ease, the sequel retains the high stakes, drama, and romance that readers will expect. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth


Once A Witch
"A fantastic urban fantasy with an enchanting romance at its heart." --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of City of Bones

"Carolyn MacCullough casts a mesmerizing spell with Once a Witch. Family secrets and sibling rivalry, time-travel and magical 'Talents' all brew together to create a superlative--and supernatural--coming-of-age story. Add an epic battle of good versus evil and an enchanting first kiss and this bewitching novel commands a sequel." --Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series

"A light urban fantasy that goes down easy and will have readers asking for its sequel." --Kirkus Reviews

Drawing the Ocean
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age 
"MacCullough has a gift for using language with spectacularly evocative phrasing." --VOYA 
"MacCullough's subtle use of present tense and visually evocative writing create an eloquent portrait." --Kirkus Reviews 
"Sadie's narrative voice is absolutely authentic, and the story of her quirky, endearing relationship with Ryan is memorably poignant." --ALA Booklist

Stealing Henry
"MacCullough's dialogue is flawless. The journey is fascinating." --ALA Booklist, starred review 
"Finely crafted." --Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547224850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547224855
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn MacCullough was born and raised in Connecticut and found her way to Scotland, Sicily, Iceland, and even the wilds of New Jersey before settling down in New York City where she writes and teaches creative writing. Once a Witch is her fourth novel for teens. For facts about witches, quizzes, an excerpt, and much more visit

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uniquely Moi Books on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For starters,' let me say, if you've read Once a Witch then you'll absolutely devour Always a Witch. If not, it is a fantastic stand-alone! This was a phenomenal book that was even better than the first!

Tamsin Greene had a horrific encounter with an evil Alistair Knight in Once a Witch which is still left untied. Currently life is calm, but won't stay that way if things are left the way they are.
Tam's sister Rowena is still full on board with wedding plans driving the family into a frenzy trying to get everything perfect for her big day. Agatha, Tam's best friend is back at the dorm, and Gabriel, Tam's boyfriend is with Tam to help deal with Rowena's crazy wedding demands. Before this wedding can go on though- Tamsin must take care of those loose strings. Apparently Allistair Knight was successful in traveling back to the 1800's to meet with his family to warn them about Tamsin and the Greene family. You see, in the 1800's the Greene's took the Knights magical powers and were able to lock them away into something called the Domani. Alistair was able to get a little of that magic out so Tamsin must go back, not only to stop Allistair, but to find her family and get them to recreate a new Domani that's stronger. This one can't break. Can Tamsin convince them to do this?

Once Tamsin goes back in time she can't seem to find her family but she does find the Knights. Things seem to be full of surprises for Tamsin and nothing works out like expected. Will she come through for her family in the future? Will she find her family in the past?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews on April 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whoa. Just wow, I really wasn't expecting that ending. It came flying up out of nowhere and hit me smack in the face. It was completely brilliant though. Since I adored everything about Once A Witch, it really is not surprise that I loved this one as well. Carolyn MacCullough took everything I loved about Once A Witch and managed to improve upon it when writing this book. It's witty, it's funny, it still has that great Tamsin/Gabriel relationship. The sarcasm is cut down a bit, but it is still great.

This novel pics up not too far after the last one left off and it follows Tamsin in an adventure in the past. Her grandmother can no longer see a future for their family, so her only real option is to follow Alistair into the past and prevent him from warning the Knights. Deciding it is best to do this alone, she uses the Domani to travel back 1887 with no real plan beyond warning her ancestors and finding Alistair. She ends up taking a position as a lady's maid for the Knight family to watch for Alistair since she can't find anyone with knowledge of the Greene family. Complications arise, ensue, and are overcome.

I really loved this novel. Love, love LOVE it.

I loved Tamsin going off on her own (though it was stupid) and blindly charging off to save her family. I love that it doesn't turn out perfect when she arrives. Too many novels have the heroine arrive and it just all magically falls into place, like the first person she asks knows where to find her family and they believe her and fix it and then cue the happily ever after. No, Tamsin arrives and cannot find anyone that has even heard of her family. She wonders around cluelessly until a man offers her a job as a lady's maid for the Knight family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Always a Witch is the fast-paced sequel to author Carolyn MacCullough's 2009 debut, Once A Witch. After enjoying virtually everything about Always a Witch, I was eager to get my hands on the sequel. However, if you haven't read Once a Witch, I highly recommend picking it up before launching into Always a Witch, because you'll be more than lost if you haven't read it.

Always a Witch picks up right after the gripping, edge-of-your-seat conclusion of Once a Witch. Now that Tamsin Greene, daughter of a powerful witch family has discovered that she actually has a magical Talent (and not just any Talent, but one of the most powerful and crucial Talents in her family's history), she's begun to realize her importance. Not only does she have to deal with a chilling prophecy from her grandmother, but when Tamsin discovers that her family's nemesis, Alistair Knight has gone back in time to destroy her family, she's got to do some more time jumping (you'd think this would cause more of a dilemma to so much time travel) to Victorian-era New York, where she goes undercover as a maid in the Knight family mansion.

As fast-paced and magical as Once a Witch, Always a Witch is a fantastic, fabulous sequel that's as riveting and enjoyable as the first. Tamsin is a wonderful, realistic protagonist that readers will want to cheer for. The historical aspect of the novel is also well done, as MacCullough paints a lush portrait of Victorian-era New York and seamlessly weaves together history, magic and mystery in a well-paced tale that's a delightful read.

For me, the only tiny issue with this book is that is feels much the same as the first book (especially with the time jumping), but since it's such a great read, I can't complain too much.
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