- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (4 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405055375
- ISBN-13: 978-1405055376
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Verdigris Deep Hardcover – Unabridged, 4 May 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is about 3 children; Ryan, Josh and Chelle. One evening they miss their buss home. Without any money for another fare, they go to extreme lengths, stealing money from an old wishing well. It is then not long afterwards that strange things start happening - Ryan has unusual growths on his hands; Josh seems to make lightbulbs explode whenever he is near; and Chelle cannot stop barrages of words from spilling out of her mouth, even though the words do not belong to her. The Ryan is visited by the Well Witch, a weird lady who has water gushing from her eyes and hides the words she speaks. From a mixture of guesswork and luck, the kids are able to help Ryan in establishing what she was after - she wants them to grant the wishes that they have taken from her well. Sounds simple enough in some ways, but unfortunately they soon learn that wishes are complex things, you never quite know what may be hidden behind the words - after all, the people that made them are complex, with different motives and desires urging them on. Soon, the business of granting wishes becomes more like a curse for the youngsters, but how do they get out of the debt of a Well Witch?
Although I am in my late twenties, I do enjoy literature for young adults and children. This, the first book I have read by Hardinge, was a breath of fresh air. Although there is a magical element it is quite different to what you will have encountered in the favourites such as Harry Potter. The three main characters are well developed - I particularly liked Chelle, who develops as the novel progresses.Read more ›
Hardinge is a consummate wordsmith, her writing contains beautifully observed wry turns of phrase that will strike a chord with adult and teen readers alike. Another innovative, finely crafted book from one of Britain's most talented writers.
For all those Harry Potter addicts (like me) who are stuck for something to read after book 7, I suggest you start with Verdigris Deep and move on from there. Sheer brilliance.
Then the well witch appears - a strange and powerful creature determined to punish the children who stole from her. She demands that they work for her by granting the wishes of the people who threw in the coins. This is no straightforward task though because the wishes have been rotting in the well for a long time and the friends discover that they're part of the well witch's twisted world - a world that is threatening to claim the children for itself.
This is a weird, gripping and macabre story with plenty of depth and twists and turns to keep the pages turning.
The story is told through Ryan's eyes and while he's likeable character he's also flawed - specifically he realises that his intelligence makes him a target and relies on Josh to protect him from school bullies, which makes him slow to wake up to Josh's faults. In fact the relationship between all three children is very believable - the boys are closer to each other than to Chelle and she is aware of her status but grateful to have people to hang out with.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started highlighting paragraphs that caught my imagination but gave up when it became apparent that the whole book had caught me firmly in its grasp!Published 9 months ago by Tina L Bridgland
Another brilliant book from Frances Hardinge. Set in a contemporary setting yet still with enough weirdness to satisfy any of her fans. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. K. Cussans
QUICK BIT ABOUT PLOT WITHOUT GIVING TOO MUCH AWAY: three children steal a coin from a wishing well in order to get the bus home, but the witch who inhabits the well doesn't take... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ms Louise Wilford
this book, also titled 'Well Witched', is another fantastically unique story Frances Hardinge. I have been meaning to read it since it was published and am now wishing I had read... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by Satisfied Customer
Frances Hardinge is a genius writer of fantasy fiction for teens, and people like me, who despite being way, way out of their teens still appreciate fantastic writing and gripping... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2012 by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
This is such a well-written, interesting and enjoyable book for the confident reader! What a great story! I totally loved it!Published on 20 Aug. 2010 by An English Teacher
...that tarnishes ageing and forgotten copper coins, altering them entirely...."
Throwing coins in a wishing well
And making a wish
It seems so simple
But... Read more
Like all good books the premise of Verdigris Deep is simple:Be careful what you wish for.
Three misfits disturb an old wishing well, awakening a long asleep witch. Read more