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Okay, so the cover is a little hokey, but it's what's inside that counts, right? Well, Silver RavenWolf has stuffed Teen Witch with enough basic material on Wicca to give anyone a good start to understanding the craft. As the title implies, this book is geared for teens, addressing the truths and myths about witchcraft in light of the issues that teens face, from school to parents to peer pressure. Precocious readers may feel that RavenWolf is talking down to them at times, but keep in mind that this book addresses a broad age group, and Mama Silver (as she is often called) does an admirable job of presenting this information in a manner to which younger readers can relate, while still meeting the needs of the high-school senior. Teen Witch may not be the ultimate "How to be a Witch" guide, and anyone who thinks RavenWolf is trying to write one has missed her whole point. No single book could stake a valid claim to that title.

What Teen Witch offers is an easy-to-grasp introduction to the Craft that answers the basic questions about what being a witch is really all about, and RavenWolf provides a long list of follow-up material for anyone who feels that witchcraft might be the path he or she wants to follow. Writing a book for teenagers about any religion is a tricky prospect, but Mama Silver tackles the problem of discussing an ancient path that has suffered a long history of persecution and negative stereotypes in a way that doesn't step on anyone's toes and shouldn't offend the religious sensibilities of anyone with a mind open to the truth. --Brian Patterson

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The modern Wiccan community is now entering its third, and sometimes fourth, generation. But until now there have been no books specifically designed for teens. The growing number of children in Pagan households, as well as teenagers' growing interest in Witchcraft, meant that somebody had to fill this need. And I couldn't be happier that the person who did this was a mother of teenage daughters, Silver RavenWolf.

There are two reasons for this. First, because she's around teens, she knows how to talk with them and what their interests are. The spells she includes have relate to teenage problems: finding peace at home, getting new friends, raising self-esteem. The tools for the spells are all within a teen's budget. They include such common items as eggs or potatoes, or even just a pen and paper. They'll be learning about real Witchcraft in a way that is easy, fun, and safe.

Second, because she is a mother herself, she says the kind of things that teens need to hear. For example: drugs and alcohol don't go with magick; a ritual can help build your confidence so you can remember answers for tests (but you still must study so you know the answers to put down; "Witches do not work magick to harm others and we know that no real power lies in evil." There's even a spell to help keep Internet stalkers away.

This book is filled with everything a teen needs to know to start practicing Witchcraft. It also provides guidance so that teens can continue with their studies of Wicca. Without hesitation I can recommend Teen Witch as the first book any parent could give to their teen interested in the Craft. I also recommend it to any teen who wants to learn what real Wicca is all about.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567187250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567187250
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Silver RavenWolf (Pennsylvania) is a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, and through her writing has been instrumental in guiding the future of one of the fastest-growing faiths in America today. The author of seventeen books, she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Bust Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the St. Petersburg Times, the National Review, Publishers Weekly, Body & Soul Magazine, and Teen Lit Magazine.
Her many titles include the bestselling Solitary Witch, Teen Witch, To Ride A Silver Broomstick, To Stir A Magick Cauldron, To Light A Sacred Flame, American Folk Magick, Angels: Companions in Magick, Silver's Spells for Prosperity, Silver's Spells for Protection, Silver's Spells for Love, Halloween, and the Witches' Night Out teen fiction series. Her new book Hedge Witch is forthcoming from Llewellyn in September 2008.

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118 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is not for those who are serious about their religion or serious about learning about contemporary paganism. This book is for people who like having their beliefs trivialised, sanitised and dumbed-down. This book is not even for beginning witches; it's more depressingly funny than it is educational.
Obviously intended to be mass-marketed to teens, this book makes no attempts at providing valuable information. Instead, it focuses on offering a plethora of recipes for spells in an attempt to grab the interest of teens. The spells themselves are not even serious in nature; stopping parents from inflicting harsh punishments on you when you do wrong, getting cute boyfriends and fighting -- get this -- locker elves.
On top of offering ridiculous "information" and cheesey spells, Ravenwolf presents a reality of witchcraft that is, in fact, not reality. Her idea and very definition of witchcraft (that which the entire premise of the book is based on) is very limiting and -- dare I say -- inaccurate. This book is not about witchcraft, it's about making money by presenting the author's own ideas as fact in a way that will make teenagers eat it up.
In truth, Ravenwolf's 'Teen Witch' is about as representative of modern witchcraft and neo-paganism as Disneyland is to reality. Whitewashed, simplified and often outright incorrect, this book has NO value as a text medium (maybe firewood). Furthermore, when presented from a condescending tone (which we as readers need, since we apparently are not up on par intellectually with the Great Silver RavenWolf) this book should be offensive to any reader and at age.
Do yourself a favour and buy a REAL book on modern witchcraft.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that this book did give some good basic info for begginners. It was nothing however, that you couldn't get in another book without all of Silver's junk. First of all, I didn't like her condescending tone. I myself am 13 and am perfectly capable of understanding the Principles of Wiccan Belief without her translating it into "teen speak". I mean, just because we are teens does not mean we are stupid. Give me a break! And then she constantly uses words like "witchy points". Why? Would she use such terms when talking to an adult? I don't think so. She obviously underestimates and has no respect for teenagers. Another thing that really bothered me was her spells. She should really come up with some better names. I mean "I love Fluffy Spell"? Please! But, ok. We'll let the names slide. How about the contents of the spell? Even worse. She leads begginners to believe that you can just write some words on a paper, bounce a ball up and down, say some mumbo-jumbo, and...tah-dah! You've got what you want! She completely fails to mention visualization of any kind when performing spells. She makes wicca all cutesy-spells and fluff. It seems she forgets all about the spirituality of the religion. She seems convinced that her way is the only way. Which is definitely not true. Now, some people may laugh and say, "This girl's only 13. What can she know about wicca?" Well, you'd be surprised. There are a lot of young people out there who know more about wicca and witchcraft than Silver. My advice, don't read it. It's not worth your time. Instead, go for something by Scott Cunningham. He's much better.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lynn Wilson on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
It amazes me exactly how much like my extremely nice but amazingly fundamentalist Christian grandparents Ms. Ravenwolf sounds in this text. My family members are the kindest, most good-intentioned people in the world--yet they have a strong tendency to scoff at the religions of others, paint over a world of colors in stark black and white, and annoint themselves as the followers of a "right way"--much like the statements Ms. Ravenwolf makes within her various books. In particular "Teen Witch" is disturbing in its promotion of what a "real" "good" witch is and how a teen should explain this ideal to family. She contradicts herself by promoting acceptance then sneering at the so-called lesser "non magickal" folk out there and by taking a patronizing view on other religions. This is not what a teenager seeking a new path in his or her life needs. It is a manipulation of the ideals and history of Wicca so that it might better fit into a society mostly built upon Judeo-Christian ideals. One does not need to say they are invoking "Angels" in order to please those around them--as a practicing witch on the Wiccan path, I have met with amazingly little resistance when it comes to my beliefs and I live in Texas! I am a 20 year old college student now and at 16 I "came out of the broom closet," you might say. My family is very fundamentalist Christian and though they were saddened by this I did not try to wash over it or hide what I am; if I were to do so then why bother to "come out" at all? There is little satisfaction in lies. This book paints a simple, black and white view of two very complex subjects--spirituality and magic (two separate things that are stated to be unwaveringly connected in the texts of Ms. Ravenwolf) and this simplicity has been marketed as "easy to understand.Read more ›
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