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THE NEAR WITCH
by Victoria Schwab
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published August 2, 2011
by Hyperion Books CH
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
The Near Witch is absolutely FANTASTIC! Victoria Schwab did a masterful job creating a full-length Brothers Grimm style fairy tale or Hans Christian Anderson style fairy tale. A little scary (for small children, perhaps), plenty of intrigue, a lot of adventure. Cole is an interesting stranger who comes to Near and is accused of snatching children out of their beds without a trace. The story unfolds and comes to life with witches and plenty of mystery. The MC Lexi is a wonderful heroine who doesn’t allow fear to keep her away from the unknown. I really appreciate a strong female character, one who goes against the majority for the good of society. Definitely add The Near Witch to your reading list. You won’t regret it.
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