L'hanno rinchiusa in prigione per più di una settimana. Prima l'hanno fatta camminare a passo di marcia, su e giù, su e giù in mezzo a loro, per un giorno e una notte, finché non è più riuscita nemmeno a zoppicare, tanto aveva i piedi gonfi e sanguinanti. Non avrebbe confessato. Così hanno deciso di dimostrare che era una strega. Le pagine di un diario sono cucite dentro una trapunta. Una trapunta che giace indisturbata per oltre trecento anni, finché non viene aperta per essere pulita, e allora dalle sue pieghe cade una storia forte ed emozionante. La storia di Mary, nipote di una strega. Quando la nonna di Mary viene condannata a morte per stregoneria, Mary scappa per sfuggire allo stesso destino, prima nella campagna inglese e poi su una nave per l'America, dove spera di trovare una nuova casa, un luogo dove essere una persona nuova. Scopre però che non è facile fuggire e presto cade vittima di superstizioni e sospetti che potrebbero farle subire lo stesso fato di sua nonna. Mary è decisa a non farsi calpestare, torturare e uccidere per un crimine immaginario come la stregoneria. Uno sguardo femminile sul mondo, una storia narrata con grande vividezza, come una ripresa cinematografica.
- ISBN: 8884510600
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 204
The North American witch hunts of the 1600’s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history, particularly for women who were unable to conform to the norms of society. Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary, recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved Leggi tutto
5 Words: Magic, conflict, superstition, new world. This is such a great book, and I've loved it for years. It's not a high-paced thriller and to be honest not much actually happens, but it is a great, pleasant read, and totally compelling. I love the various settings and all of the conflict which come Leggi tutto
Mary and her grandmother exist on the fringes of society, eking out a living by midwifery and herb lore. But those on the margins are always at risk from their neighbours, existing at the mercy of their good opinion. On a day like any other, Mary's grandmother is accused of witchcraft, then quickly
Witch Child is a really good story, one about how people fear what they don't understand. It's bad enough that the main character's grandmother was hanged after she was accused of being a witch, but now Mary has to keep her own magical powers a secret, lest she be sent to death herself.
1659. A time of fear and persecution. Mary, granddaughter of a witch, keeps a diary. It begins: I am Mary. I am a witch…She sees her grandmother hanged, is rescued by a stranger, takes ship for America and finds a place in a Puritan community there. All that befalls her, she records in her diary and Leggi tutto
This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins: ‘I am Mary. I am a witch.’ It is set in 1659, during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s death and before the return of Charles II. Her story is purportedly told in diary entries that have been found sewn inside a quilt. It is a tragic and pow Leggi tutto
2.5 stars. A lot of potential and good writing style, but ultimately just another boring, archetypal historical fiction. When I was in my preteen stage, I went through a historical fiction stage, and I read countless books about witch hunts. Almost all of them share some major traits: a main charact Leggi tutto
This book was just as good as it was the first time I read it.
I don't think I was really in the mood for this. It's a fairly straightforward historical fiction, with a fairly standard frame story of a found diary type deal. It's very easy to read; definitely aimed at young adults, if not at kids. Probably that's part of it -- it was so easy there was nothing t Leggi tutto
I read this book back in 2009 and I loved it. anything about Witches interests me immensely because I happen to have two aunts who are into witchcraft & no my real name is no Sabrina Spellman LMAO!