By Frances Hardinge
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060880385, 400pp.)
Publication Date: June 2008
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Ryan and his friends don't think twice about stealing some money from a wishing well. After all, who's really going to miss a few tarnished coins?
The well witch does.
And she demands payback: Now Ryan, Josh, and Chelle must serve her . . . and the wishes that lie rotting at the bottom of her well. Each takes on powers they didn't ask for and don't want. Ryan grows strange bumps—are they eyes?—between his knuckles; Chelle starts speaking the secrets of strangers, no matter how awful and bloody; and Josh can suddenly—inexplicably—grant even the darkest of wishes, the kind of wishes that should never come true.
Darkly witty, wholly unexpected, and exquisitely sinister, Frances Hardinge's Well Witched is one well-cast tale that readers didn't know they were wishing for.
“A dark, polished gem.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A deliciously creepy tale...There is a vividness and energy to Hardinge’s imagination that makes almost every moment of this absorbing story shine with light or glossy darkness.”
-Horn Book (starred review)
“Deliciously shiver-inducing…Fans of dark fantasies such as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline will find this tale irresistible.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“Richly layered with fine, figurative language, quirky but believable characters and old magic . . . there’s no denying Hardinge’s power as a storyteller.”
-Booklist (starred review)