WITCH BORN by Nicholas Bowling


Age Range: 12 - 18
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They found them, the witchfinders...

In 16th-century England, Alyce’s mother is dead, burned at the stake. In her rush to escape a similar fate and follow the only clue her mother left her, Alyce finds herself on a path that will take her through London’s seedy underbelly, all the way to Whitehall itself. Alyce Greenliefe looks like any other prisoner in Bedlam, but looks can be deceiving. Holding on to a secret too dangerous to even speak aloud, her only hope is to escape and find the mysterious John Dee, the hangman, and pray he knows why her mother sent her to him. With a bit of luck and help from gangly young Solomon, an unlikely new companion, Alyce finds herself free but quickly ends up in the middle of a treasonous plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I and release dark magic into the world. Can she stand up to Queen Mary and do what is right even when Mary promises her the thing she wants most in the world? This is an enjoyable tale with well-researched historical elements that will inspire curiosity about actual events. All characters are white.

An intriguing story full of exciting, creepy, dark magic, just enough action, and endearing characters readers will root for. (historical note) (Historical fantasy. 12-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-338-27753-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2018


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