The White Witch

Janet Graber

Roaring Brook Press

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Accused of witchcraft, threatened by the Plague.

The Great Plague has come to England, and no one is safe, least of all Gwendoline Riston. With fair skin and hair and a way with plants and animals, the villagers are calling her a witch and blaming her for the disease. A story of survival and self-discovery, this is historical fiction with a bit of suspense and even romance mixed in and is sure to captivate today's reader.

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chapter one"What good fortune I happened upon a field of chamomile flowers this summer morn," I say, nipping the white-and-yellow blooms from their long, downy stalks. They flutter onto the scrubbed-wood table set beside the cottage door. "For a fomentation of chamomile will ease those swollen joints, Samuel, I promise you."The old shepherd kneads his gnarled hands into a web of fingers and thumbs. "God bless you, Gwendoline Riston, for your healing ways. You've the gift, just like your poor departed ma."Sad to say, my mammy died the day that I were born, but in truth Pappy

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“This slim historical novel packs quite a punch, with a seventeenth-century setting fraught with religious and political tensions as well as vivid descriptions of the plague's effect, both emotional and physical . . . While a helpful glossary and author's note provide further information about the bubonic plague and witchcraft, be prepared to offer supplemental materials, as readers' curiosities will surely be piqued.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Themes of willful ignorance, blind faith, persecution, honor, altruism and love swirl through this tightly knit, genuinely suspenseful and occasionally gruesome novel.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will enjoy the suspense and twists and gain insights into England’s Civil War between King Charles I and Cromwell’s Roundheads.” —ALAN Online

“Vividly imagined historical realism.” —Booklist


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About the Author

Janet Graber

JANET GRABER lives in Minnesota. This is her first book for Roaring Brook Press.

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The White Witch
Janet Graber

Hardcover

Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596433373
ISBN10: 159643337X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: X

$17.95

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Roaring Brook Press
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429939416
ISBN10: 1429939419
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$7.99
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