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- Print Length: 202 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (June 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GYC9VGQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kira already has problems. She plays the classical violin, and “Kids make fun of me enough as it is because I’m a child prodigy—AKA a nerd.” The IGs (In-girls) at school also mock her best friend, Charlotte, because she is adopted, and Chinese. Kira’s beloved father died recently. He had promised to buy her a special violin, but now it’s just too expensive. And after she plays “Danny Boy” at his funeral, that tune starts haunting her.
Now, to Kira’s disgust, everyone in Hope is enchanted by the magnetic Kate’s Celtic tunes, even Kira’s own family. Kira believes she’ s being stalked—could it be Kate? Worst of all, Hope is in turmoil because someone is killing birds and leaving ugly graffiti everywhere, even painting “Liar” on Kira’s father’s gravestone. Trying to make everything right, Kira lands in serious peril.
Author de Montigny sets her plot in motion with action from the first page. Kira is regular enough for teen readers to identify with, yet possessed of some extra perception and grit that make her a fitting heroine. Suzanne de Montigny adds extra layering to this supernatural YA yarn with special musical details, from Beethoven to the Celtic strains produced by the mysterious Kate.
"A Town Bewitched" offers a magic formula for the young adult audience: a high school full of competing cliques; a beautiful, mysterious stranger; a dark, malevolent presence; and a bold young woman who rises above her personal woes to set things right.
In de Montigny’s young adult fantasy novel, A Town Bewitched, I wanted the answers so questions.
Who is the red-headed fiddler, who arrives in Hope a small town near Toronto?
How can racist attacks at school, on Charlotte, (a Chinese girl, adopted in China by a white American parents) be stopped?
Who is painting graffiti, including the one on the black marble tombstone of the heroine’s father?
What is the disgusting significance of disembowelled birds left near the grafiti?
In the novel written in the 1st person, de Montigny has captured the convincing voice of Kira, the heroine, a 14 year-old violinist – a child prodigy. Kira’s voice is loud and clear. While I read I almost saw, smelt, heard, tasted and touched everything she did, as well as experiencing her fear that increases bit by bit and culminates in a shocking incident,
At her father’s burial, Kira sees Katie McDonough, a mysterious fiddler for the first time. Later, she sees the red-haired woman from the cemetery “who walks with long strides, her wet strands clinging to her clothes, her leather boots muddied. Had she walked all the way from the graveyard in the storm? When she pauses and looks at me it is as though she knows me. For a moment, I think I know her too. My gaze looks for a few minutes with the iciest blue eyes I have ever seen, eyes almost inhuman…”
Kira’s father promised to buy her a very expensive violin before her ARVT – the certificate from The Royal Conservatory in Toronto that says she is as good as anyone who has done 2 years of university, but her mother can’t afford to buy it. Grief-stricken after his death, Kira no longer plays music.
When Katie plays the fiddle at the pub owned by Kira’s Uncle Jack, at first Kira is enchanted then afraid. At school she sees a poster with a picture of Katie, that advertises lessons in celtic fiddling and dancing that may be learned singly or in groups.
Soon, everyone in the whole town, except for Kira, including her mother and young brother, talk about Celtic. Kira hears ‘conversations, in the supermarket, at the public library and the DVD station.
The only theme I disliked was that of Travis, a disturbed youth, who bullies and provokes Chrlotte and Kira. In my opinion, the authorities are too lenient with him.
De Montigny is to be congratulated on writing a carefully crafted novel, with satisfying conclusions, which will appeal to young adults and adults.