The basic concept of a witch being persecuted by a religious community is pretty well-trod, but the setting and the style of magic in this novel are completely original. The Thickety is an ominous presence full of unknown dangers and Kara's feelings of excitement and foreboding as she discovers her power are palpable. I'd give this to students looking for a fantasy adventure novel with strong characterization.
Grade 5 - 8
Tags: Character driven, fantasy, horror