Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil and takes place in the Land of Ozin the years leading to Dorothy's arrival. The story centers on Elphabathe misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West.
After Mary's grandmother is executed as a witch, Mary flees her native England for a newfound colony in America, developing strong friendships and beginning to learn the power within herself as she finds her place in the New World.
However, when the witch hunts begin in her new home, Mary fears her true nature will be discovered. After Mary's grandmother is hanged as a witch, Mary is spirited away by a noblewoman, her long-lost mother, who sends her to America to escape persecution. On the ship across the sea, Mary befriends Martha, Jonah, and the Riverses, constantly fearing her true nature will be revealed whenever witches are mentioned which occurs whenever things go badly.
Once they reach Salem, they continue on to Beulah, the settlement in the wilderness that has been built by the preceding congregation. Mary lives with Martha, Jonah and Tobias, while the Riverses build a home next to them. She spends a lot of time in the forest helping Jonah, an apothecary, learn the healing properties of local plants.
Mary soon meets and befriends Jaybird, an Indian who teaches her about the land. While helping Goody Johnson, Mary learns that Reverend Johnson saved his wife from being drowned as a witch.
She believes she would rather die than live Goody Johnson's life. After Goody Johnson dies during childbirth, Reverend Johnson pursues Rebekah Rivers, despite the fact that she is promised to Tobias, Jonah's son, and when his suit is denied, Reverend Johnson insinuates that he suspects Mary of witchcraft.
The Vane sisters and their friends accuse Mary of witchcraft, promising to keep her secret if she aids them in securing their future husbands, but they begin dabbling in witchcraft themselves when Mary refuses. As signs of witchcraft are found in the forest, Martha finds Mary's journal and wants to destroy the dangerous memoir, but instead, Mary sews her journal into her quilt.
Mary is questioned when girls' undergarments are found in the woods, but she has an alibi, and the Vanes' story is believed. However, when the Vanes are caught dancing naked in the woods, they feign madness and so a witch hunter is summoned.
The witch hunter recognizes Mary from England and the other girls join his accusations. Mary flees to the Riverses' house where she is provided with food and clothes for her flight to the wilderness.
Martha adds to Mary's journal that she, Jonah, and the Riverses will soon follow Mary out of Beulah and she hopes that Mary will rejoin them someday. This section contains words approx.Celia Rees is the author of many novels for teens.
WITCH CHILD is her first with Candlewick Press. After reading about seventeenth-century witch persecutions and Native American shamanism, she says, "It occurred to me that the beliefs and skills that would have condemned a woman to death in one society would have been revered in /5().
Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary, recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved old grandmother had to endure before her public execution in England/5. In that sense, Witch Child seems to have been really well–researched but at times I couldn’t help to think: enough with the exposition- this is a novel, not a history lesson.
Moving on: what prompted me to pick this up was the connection with witch hunting as I am fascinated by the object. Published in , Witch Child is an epistolary children’s novel written by English author Celia Rees.
Set in seventeenth-century Old England and New England, the story follows fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury, a young witch-girl forced to make a daring escape to the New World after her grandmother is hanged to death for being a witch. In this heart-pounding conclusion to the Witch’s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan’s masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine will thrill fans of Graceling and Six of Crows.
"Witch Child" by Celia Rees is an epistolary novel about a fourteen-year-old girl who flees the witch hunts in England and settles in a Puritan colony in America.