The White Witch
By Janet Graber
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596433373, 160pp.)
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
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.
JANET GRABER lives in Minnesota. This is her first book for Roaring Brook Press.
“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