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The Witch in the Lake: A Novel Library Binding – March 2, 2002


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Grade 5-8-This entertaining adventure set in 16th-century Italy blends fantasy and facts about the world at that time. Leo and Merilee have been friends their entire lives. However, since the untimely death of her sister, she has been forbidden to see him. Her Aunt Beatrice, a Wise Woman familiar with herbs and the natural order of things, is suspicious of Leo's wizardly heritage. When she finds out that the two youngsters have been secretly meeting, she takes Merilee away. Meanwhile, Leo's father falls ill with the plague, and the boy must find a way to keep him alive. Merilee is not a princess waiting to be rescued, but a spunky heroine who finds a way to help herself. Leo is a complex character; he is uncomfortable with his magical heritage and must find a way to prove to himself that he's worthy of his bloodlines. The characters' flaws and strengths are built on in a believable story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Original, well presented and accessible ... A good choice for mystery fans as well as those with a penchant for the supernatural. (Donna L. Scanlon Kliatt 2002-07-01)

The entertaining adventure set in 16th-century Italy blends fantasy and facts about the world at that time ... The characters' flaws and strengths are built on in a believable story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. (Saleena L. Davidson School Library Journal 2002-08-01)

The novel is set in the 1600's and brings to life the spirit of the Renaissance and the quest for knowledge. The character of Marco, Leo's father, is the epitome of the questioner as he searches for any and all references to man and how he is created. Leo, although just 14, is mature, and he has taken it upon himself to find out the truth about his family and the witch in the lake, a formidable task for someone so young. Leo is a character with whom the reader grows as he struggles through the challenges the truth thrusts upon him. The fantasy nature of the novel is believable because of the time in which it is set and the characters that are created. The Witch in the Lake is a refreshing novel which presents a glimpse into a period read about previously only in history books. Recommended. (Christina Pike Canadian Materials 2002-05-10)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Library Binding: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (March 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155037723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550377231
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,274,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really wish I read this book when I was coming of age! I just happened to check it out on CD from my local library last week. What a treat! It is a fascinating story of a boy and a girl whose friendship and love for one another wins over the darkness of the crimes committed in the past that terrorize the village in the form of a witch. The setting is medieval Italy and it's well researched and depicted. Each character is very memorable and has unique voice. Leo's talent to see into the "essence" of things and people is described so well that all the magic in the story feels real and true. This is a soul nourishing read and I would recommend it to anyone - young or old!
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By J. Zuniga on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is not so bad, it starts out good, but then it gets really slow.

You don't get to the good part until you have to real a whole bunch of descriptions that aren't really important.

It kept me interested for a while.

But then i just felt like i was just passing by and not paying a lot of attention to the book.

It was about a boy who has powers and his powers can help against the witch at the lake but everyone
is scared of going near the lake so he is not allowed to go there, that is why he wants to
defeat the witch also so he can see his best friend again.

So it was ok but not that interesting.
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