- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 891 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Publisher: Penelope Pipp Publishing (16 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075SRW2E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
Hilariously funny and full of genuinely enjoyable and well crafted characters McCreedy's novel is a great fun read for adults as well as children. I can't see how anyone could dislike Liberty (Libby) as she learns about her family's secret past and is accompanied by her best friend Ginny and pet goose. My favourite character Libby's Great Uncle who is absolutely hilarious and a perfect comic character with all the eccentricities you'd expect from a well written older gent in a children's novel.
The action is fantastic and the scenes in Germany were particularly enjoyable and memorable.
This novel was an absolute hit for me and I particularly enjoyed the way the author injected age appropriate humour throughout. Would love to read the next installment.
Beth Townsend - The Kindle Book Review
Liberty ('Libby') Frye has just turned ten years old when she learns the grandmother she once thought to be dead is actually very much alive. Libby and her parents set off on a journey to visit the elderly relative, but things take a rather strange turn almost immediately...
This is a book that I'd have loved as a young reader! Libby is a strong character, likeable and endearing and I can imagine the younger me wanting to be like her. All the characters are well written, it's a great story with both drama and humour, some supernatural and a touch of mystery. The combination really works well to ensure that Liberty Frye is not a book I'll forget in a hurry. 4.5/5
"Libby didn't notice because she was happily reading a gruesome story involving the amputation of toes - an activity she found especially helpful in forgetting depressing things such as the fact that her weekend was over. In fact, she was so engrossed in all of the gory details that for the moment, she didn't even hear her pet goose, Buttercup, honking in sudden distress from below, his wings flapping angrily at the dark creature soaring above Libby in the sunny, September sky."
You see Libby is not a normal ten-year-old girl. She's a witch. But she has no idea.
I absolutely adored the characterization throughout the book. The way McCreedy describes things really makes you visualize everyone well. Even if it's just a simple description of Mr. Snookles wiping his nose with the back of his hand. Oh dear. It has a sort of Lemony Snicket vibe about it in that sense.
My only complaint is that, for me, it didn't really get rolling until the fifth chapter when they're in Germany and Libby's grandmother serves some "special" strudel to Libby's parents. But from that point on the pacing was really good.
I'd recommend this to girls who are a little young for Harry Potter. A lot of the same themes about friendship are found in this tale with Libby and her new friend Ginny.
Did I buy this book? Yes
Would I read again? Only if to someone else
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Overall I thought this story was awesome! The characters in the book were great and you really got to know them. Libby is a great main character. She is smart and loyal. I did find that the beginning of the book was a little confusing (there were things that were explained later in the book, maybe because I am a kid, I found it a little confusing). I like the adventure and the fact it wasn't too scary or violent. I really like how Libby kept finding more and more about her family and who she really was. I think boys and girls will like the book. It is a very fun story and I hope that this turns into a series because this is a really great book and I know that it could stop at one book, but I would like to learn more about what happens next with Libby!
All is well until a yellow envelope containing a mysterious letter is dropped at the Frye’s doorstep by a large raven. Libby does not know the contents of the letter, but a chain of events has now been set in motion. The Fryes travel to Germany to visit Libby’s grandmother who appears to have ulterior motives for luring the family to their homeland. Soon enough, her parents disappear and an evil woman (and her most unusual “henchmen”) kidnap Libby and reveal the secret that Libby’s parents have been hiding from her. She is “witch” nobility; that is, a descendent of the most powerful coven of witches – the coven of Hessen – and her aunt wants to have her powers.
It is up to the most unlikely of heroes, Uncle Frank, the disabled inventor; Sal, Uncle Frank’s old air force buddy; Ginny, Libby’s new and loyal friend; and Buttercup, Libby’s brave pet goose to save her before it’s too late.
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is a rollicking adventure spanning two continents and featuring the impressive title character who begins as an ordinary 10-year-old and who transforms into a confident girl who embraces her new identity as a powerful witch. But the best part of the story is the collection of quirky characters beginning with Uncle Frank who, despite being in a wheelchair, plays a critical role in protecting Libby. His old air force buddy, Sal makes a splash as he enters the story – literally flying in and landing wearing his hospital gown as he escapes from a care facility. Ginny is Libby’s best friend and she demonstrates her loyalty through her willingness to fly across the ocean, brave the elements, and face some heinous villains. And then there’s Buttercup, the goose. Let’s just say that this special pet also plays an important role in the story.
And those are just the good guys. Then, there are all the villains, reminiscent of the ones found in the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. There is the evil grandmother who lures Libby’s family to Germany in order for the even greater villain, Zelna (who has a surprise relationship with the group) to put her dastardly plan into action. Zelna reminds me of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or the evil queen from Snow White or the evil stepmother from Cinderella (*ahem* all Brothers Grimm stories!) She is one nasty villain!
The plotline itself weaves a mystery about who Liberty Frye really is; why her parents escaped Germany and moved to America; what secret the vintage Brothers Grimm book holds; and what the evil Zelna is really after. There are so many plot twists and turns that I could only guess at the final outcome. That being said, there were certain parts of the story that I felt were quite complex for younger tweens to follow so I would recommend the book to older tweens. I did love the comic relief peppered throughout the text because there are definitely some dark moments as well.
I wanted to make mention of two things concerning issues I had with the book. First, there are some gruesome parts (not many, but a few). For example, Libby learns that Zelna stays young by eating children. Ok, that is very Grimm-like. The way she discovers it is by finding the disembodied head of a boy in a cauldron. Yeesh! I did not want that image in my head (and I’ve read the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales – apparently before I had children).
Second, I wish there had been more foreshadowing of Libby’s powers earlier in the story. Once Libby discovers she is a witch, she begins to reflect back on unusual things that had happened in the past (e.g., a Bunsen burner turning off by itself) that she can now attribute to her powers. It felt temporally out of order to have these “unusual incidents” revealed for the first time as flashbacks. I’m not even sure that the flashbacks are necessary in the story, but perhaps young readers would appreciate examples of how Libby demonstrated her powers.
My Bottom Line:
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is filled with magic, adventure, and quirky characters. We have the brave title character, Libby, whose parents have been protecting her from the truth; Libby’s friends and family who loyally stand by her; and a collection of nasty villains seeking to claim her powers. This book is strong on character development and rich in story with a plot filled with delicious twists and turns. Because of the complexity of the plot and the inclusion of some gruesome parts, I recommend this book to older tweens and teens aged 10 years and older.
What I liked: I generally enjoyed this book. It was a bit confusing in places, but I think it was just because I was reading too fast. There was nothing that I believe should deter middle-graders from reading this. Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is a solid read with an interesting storyline and a fun plot. I’ll be adding it to my children’s TBR list ;) .
What I didn’t like: The book’s intro features a drunk neighbor and I almost put the book down thinking this had been improperly categorized, however, luckily I read a few more pages and found that my first impression was terribly inaccurate!
Author: J.L. McCreedy
Source: Free Read Dec 19, 2012
Setting: Mississippi & Germany
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