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Witch Child

by Celia Rees

Witch Child Summary

Overview

After seeing her beloved grandmother accused of witchcraft and tortured, teenager Mary Newbury is rescued from the same fate by a mysterious, wealthy woman who arranges for the young girl's passage to the English colony of Massachusetts. Accompanying a group of Puritans, Mary is befriended by a widow and tries to blend in among the settlers. After a long and difficult journey to New England, Mary finds that Old World witch hunts are alive in the New World. Fears of witches abound in seventeenth-century America, with strangers, particularly free-spirited, nature-loving women like Mary, serving as a scapegoat for all the troubles that plague the struggling settlements.

(The entire section is 106 words.)