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Escape to Witch Mountain Paperback – November, 1984
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In the novel, Tony and Tia Malone are two teenagers, adopted by an elderly woman, and they live in a rough neighborhood. Because of their psychic abilities, they are targets of bullies and gangs. When their adoptive grandmother dies, they are placed in a detention home, Hackett House, run by a cold, granite-like matron, Mrs. Grindley, a former policewoman. They do not fare well at the home because of their 'strangeness' (Tia is unable to speak normally, although she can speak telepathically with Tony), and as this is the time of youth rebellion and the Vietnam war, suspicious behavior. When a mysterious, well-dressed stranger, Lucas Deranian, shows up claiming to be their uncle, the siblings realize that he is after something else. They succeed in escaping from Hackett House and enlist the help of a priest, Father O'Day, to discover their true origins.
Very different from the film, it is nonetheless a darn good read.
It also speaks volumes of what many adolescents face during these crucial years of developement - finding your identity and being accepted for it.
The story, of course, was based on the classic Disney film of the same name, so if you are looking for an extention of the first book, you are heading in the wrong direction. The book -is- an extention of the first FILM "Escape To Witch Mountain", as the film was meant to be. But for fans of the movies, this will not be a dissapointment! I, being a fan of both the books AND the films, was not dissapointed at all. But make sure to check out this book from the library before buying it.
I understand one's reluctance to pick up paperbacks that look like novelizations of so-so Disney movies. (Can you say "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" or "The Shaggy D.A."?) Well, this was written first, it is not Disneyfied, and it is a lot better than you might expect. It is certainly dated, but not to the extent that it is hard to follow or filled with careless or inappropriate characterizations. The protagonists are well conceived and their circumstances are revealed slowly and with a satisfying sense of mystery. The escapes and chases are taut and plausible. As a consequence this book really does work as an adventure/mystery, without heavy reliance on the magic angles that inform so much current youth fiction. So, this certainly qualifies as an overlooked semi-classic, and as such is well recommended
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This book was just another on the list of great books (which are really hard to find by the way)Published 2 months ago by Lover
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In the beginning Tony and Tia move with Mrs.Malone and Mr.Malone. But they both passed away and it was sad for Tony and Tia. Read more
It was nice to compare to the movie I liked when I was a kid...as soon as I read the book I had to watch escape to witch mountain to compare... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)
Tony and Tia are two orphan children raised by a surrogate grandmother. Readers never get to meet that grandmother since she is killed in a car accident just before the story... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
Plenty of adventure for children of all ages as two brave young people find they are unique in more ways than one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Retired Army Major
I loved the Film version of this book, it's been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I had never read the novelization until now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Admiralu
I very much enjoyed the tale even if it was a bit simplistic. Hardly anyone so puts themselves out like the characters in this book--whether to hinder or hurt.Published 17 months ago by L. Macy Mondor