Witches

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

By Gregory Maguire

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An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.
 

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Tituba of Salem Village

By Ann Lane Petry

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In the Salem Village of 1692, superstition and hysteria peaked with the Salem witch trials. One of the first three "witches" condemned is Tituba, a slave from Barbados.
 

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

By Elizabeth George Speare

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In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
 

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The Magic Circle

By Donna Jo Napoli

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After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.

 

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Songsmith: A Witch World Novel

By Andre Norton

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Eydrth is a Master Songsmith...who has no magic. She will do anything to save her father from the evil that has stolen his mind. But the paths to the magic of the Witch World are many--and to save the ones you love, the truest magic must come from the heart...
 

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Gallows Hill

By Lois Duncan

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When seventeen-year-old Sarah works in the fortune-telling booth at a school carnival, she finds that sometimes she can really see the future in the crystal ball, a talent that disturbs some of the other students and makes them suspect her of being a witch.

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The Raven Warrior

By Alice Borchardt

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This Guinevere is no starry-eyed princess, only good for looking beautiful and breaking kingdoms in two. Guinevere, Queen of the Dragon Throne, calls upon the spirits of the dead to aid her fledgling army in battling pirates, an action that changes her own soul irrevocably. Meanwhile, a shape shifter and childhood friend named Black Leg (soon to be Lancelot) goes on a hero's quest to prove himself worthy of his beloved Guinevere.

 

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Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales

By Deborah Noyes, editor

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Vampires, ghosts, witches, and haunted houses are featured in this compilation of frightening tales by various authors, including Joan Aiken, Barry Yourgrau, Neil Gaiman, and Garth Nix.
 

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Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving

By James Stevenson

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Mean witches Dolores and Lavinia try to spoil Thanksgiving for everyone else, but nice witch Emma and her friends outwit them.

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In the Forests of the Night

By Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Risika is a hunter…a predator…a vampire. But she wasn’t always a vampire. More than 300 years ago, she was a human girl named Rachel who had a loving family. In alternating chapters between the past and the present, we find out just how Rachel was turned, against her will, into the fierce vampire Risika. Even though Risika is a cold and calculating predator, she does still hold onto one burning human emotion: the passion for revenge. Eventually she does get to inflict her revenge…against whom? how? why? and where?
 

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