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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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reread to my 5 year old prompted by fond childhood memories, but seem to like the same suspense. Perhaps too many alien stories today.Published 9 days ago by Bertram Lai
Excellent story in which the movie was based. It gives more of the background of the other world from which the kids come! I loved it!Published 3 months ago by Nanette O'Neal
This book was just another on the list of great books (which are really hard to find by the way)Published 7 months ago by Lover
Book review By: Jack #2
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 12 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 14 months ago by The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)