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The Witches of Willowmere (Willowmere Chronicles #1) Paperback – International Edition, August 13, 2002
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About the Author
Alison Baird is the author of The Wolves of Woden; The Hidden World; The Dragon's Egg, which was nominated for the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award and designated a regional winner by the participating children; and White as the Waves, which was shortlisted for the IODE Violet Downey Book Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
The subtext might be that every girl needs to believe in herself, do the right thing, and not just follow the crowd - important messages for the 12+ crowd (and adults, too).
Other messages are about adults (learning to trust the trustworthy, not counting on the indifferent ones, and defending against those who are evil).
Also: being strong-minded enough to resist the power of suggestion - an important premise for bullied/excluded youngsters.
The present-day story is grounded in the historical past of 1605 Scotland, when Alice Ramsay was persecuted as a witch. Aside from drama, this is a good way to introduce the history of persecution of witches, and perhaps pique girls' interest in history.
One subplot, which evidently continues into the next book of the series, includes the disappearance of Claire's mother. The book leaves the reader wondering, Will Claire find her mother? Will her disapproving father find out about Claire's special abilities? How will things develop with Nick and the evil coven? Or with the friendly Wiccans?
I ordered this book for my granddaughters, and read it to make sure it would be appropriate, then got caught up in the story. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.