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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; paperback / softback edition (4 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747555680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747555681
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website: www.celiarees.com

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Celia Rees's Sorceress is the bewitching sequel to Witch Child, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2001. In the first novel, a young English girl called Mary flees 17th-century England when her grandmother is hung, accused of being a witch. She sails across the seas to America where she begins a new life with a community of Puritans. But as the history books show, this was no safe place for a young witch, good or bad, and when Mary's past is exposed she is cast out into the wilderness. Her diary is abandoned and the reader is left not knowing how Mary's story ends but wanting more.

Not one to disappoint fans, Rees returns with a sequel. In Part II, the story is taken over by a young modern-day historian called Alison Ellman and a Native American Indian called Agnes, who realises that there is a spiritual link between herself and the long-dead English girl. The pair track down the truth of what happened to Mary, each in their own way. But it is through Agnes that Mary's story truly unfolds as the girl goes on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. In a trance-like state, she becomes Mary. We learn of her marriage to the Indian warrior Jaybird, their children and the suffering of her people when war comes. Rees combines superb storytelling with factual history to enchanting effect, leaving you captivated until the very last page. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A fine achievement, memorably describing times when teenagers had problems that make today's frustrations seem tame' Nicholas Tucker, Independent 'A gripping, thrilling novel that transports you to a time of paranoia and witch hunts. Witch Child and the sequel Sorceress are historical fiction at its very best' Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 28 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
The story:

The two books by Celia Rees are very well written with a compelling story about survival, gender roles, sexuality, loneliness, tribes, beliefs in the 17th century. Through the use of the first person, readers are taken into Mary's life as she battles against the odds in different countries. Audiences are brought into her world as she describes in a diary styled voice which allows audiences to take in the simple facts. Though perhaps too much emphasis on other characters at times the story is always engaging as we are keen to know what is going to happen to the central protagonist of Mary.

Personally I felt it dragged at quite a few points with too much happening and a bit of exaggeration but its minimal criticism as the book is amazingly sophisticated and detailed throughout. The attention to detail is amazing and the author has an incredible technique to really conform to the moment, to bring it out and make you feel associated with the story.

Changes in time

Rees choose to differ this story to Witch child by including modern day elements. At first when reading about Agnes and her communication with the spirit world I was completely turned off and wondered why. But thankfully as the story progressed I realised it was a valuable element to the story and was great to read. The shift between past and present is great and a different element of story writing for audiences. Rees' gamble paid off. I have read other stories where time changes and it didn't come off but thankfully this is one story that does.

Read it if...you enjoy stories which create emotion, tension and mystery

Synopsis

Another engaging book from Rees which is not as interesting as the first but still managers to satisfy audience expectations

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cathy on 25 Nov 2004
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When I began this book, I was brought right into it straight away. My Godmother sends me a few books every Christmas and Birthday to me. She always buys me the best books. As anyone would, she bought me both, the Witch Child and the sorceress. These type of books are particularly to my interest and I can't stop reading them. I love the bit when Mary is sitting with someone, being shown a woven quilt that was of the lives of her family. This book is good for anyone who is not boring and loves interesting adventures.It is highly reccommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2005
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I loved the first book Witch Child but i was not dissapointed with this sequal, i thought this book was gripping and exciting from the begining, i enjoyed every moment and these two books are the only books i have ever read all the way through and i never once got bored. Its has fulfilled every aspect of what i thought a "witch" would be in the time this book was set in. I cant wait to read another book like it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun 2002
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I would first of all like to say thanx to my friend as if she hadn't of recommended me Witch Child i would have never of read either of these books.
The saying goes 'don't judge a book by its cover' and it is completely right, the cover kind of looks daunting and looks as if it is going to be scary - not that at all. Instead these books are touching and really believable.
Sorceress follows on with Mary's story and believe me it is a truly wonderfull story. Not your average '..and they all lived happily ever after' story otherwise it wouldn't be believable. Instead it portrays love, loss, war and happiness.
I know this book certaily touched my heart and i can guarantee it will yours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar 2005
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I could not put this book down, I was gripped and hung to every single word written, it was absolutley fascinating to discover what happened after the events that happened in 'Witch Child', Mary goes through so much trauma, but always finds happiness, Celia Rees brings Mary and the other characters to life, and creates such a tense atmosphere throughout, I can assure you you will not be dissapointed if you buy this book, but I would recommend that you read 'Witch Child' first just to understand why Mary is in such a situation in the beginning!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By xXx-beware-of-jess-xXx on 11 July 2006
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I loved Witch child and was in no way disappointed with the sequel.

Although it was confusing in parts with the story skipping back and forwards in time, it was a brilliant read and i highly recommend it to other Celia Rees fans.
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If you've already enjoyed "Witch Child", then you'll love this, the sequel. It's really compelling - I challenge you to put this book down mid-story!

In "Sorceress" the story of Mary Newbury continues. "Witch Child" ended with Mary fleeing Beulah (USA), accused of practising witchcraft in the small settlement there. This story alternatates between Mary's Story and the story of another young girl, Agnes, in the present day. Agnes is a Mohawk at college in Boston, and hears about the appeal of the researcher, Alison Ellman, to find information about Mary from the seventeenth century. Alison had already found the 'Mary Papers' and written the first part of Mary's story (which makes up "Witch Child") but now she's reached a dead end and cannot find any more information... until she hears from Agnes.

As Mary's story unravels you can't help but feel empathy. Her life, like any had its highs and lows, but she seems to have had more than her fair share of sadness to contend with. A moving, convincing story, compelling read, and I can highly recommend it for ages 11+.
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