Monday, November 24, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Thickety: The Path Begins by J. A. White

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When Kara was just a child, she was accused of witchcraft and forced to watch her mother executed for the same crime. Ever after, she and her family have lived in their isolated theocratic community as pariahs. Now 12 (though mature beyond her years), Kara stoically tries to hold everything together for her sickly brother, Taff. It all starts to unravel when she’s summoned to the deep wood, called the Thickety, where she finds a dangerous grimoire (spell book) that awakens her magical abilities. But her magic comes with a price, and soon she’s not the only one trying to harness its addictive spells.  The book is definitely scary and very detailed in it's descriptions of monsters and violence, so if you are OK with Harry Potter books 4-7,you should be OK with this one as well. It is interesting to see that the magic does have an addictive effect, and what happens if you let the power of spell casting overtake you.  The characters are richly developed, and there is a hint of a romance between Kara and her friend Lucas, the only friend Kara has.  If you want to continue the story, the second installment The Whispering Trees has a projected publication date of March 10, 2015.

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