ONCE A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough

ONCE A WITCH

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Growing up Talentless in a family of witches has been hard on Tamsin, particularly since her older, perfect sister Rowena oozes Talent. When a mysterious, handsome stranger mistakes her for Rowena and asks her to “find” something his family lost, is it so awful that she doesn’t correct him and accepts the challenge? Well, yes, of course. Her very Talented childhood friend Gabriel has moved back from the West Coast to attend Juilliard, and, in addition to being totally hot, he’s willing to help her. Together Gabriel and Tamsin Travel to the past to recover the lost object, an action that lands Rowena in the clutches of the stranger and threatens Tamsin’s whole family—and the rest of humanity to boot. While MacCullough’s setup and plot may not shake the world with their originality, she has created an enormously sympathetic character in Tamsin, whose itchy relationship with her family will resonate with teens struggling to define themselves. Characters, setting, conflict—all develop nicely to create a light urban fantasy that goes down easy and will have readers asking for its sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-22399-5
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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