Author: Losure, Mary
When the magical veil that protects their valley from humans is broached and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it is polluted, it is up to two young witches, Bracken and Nettle, to save the coven.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 168169
Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/01/14)
School Library Journal (09/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 3–5—In this well-crafted, light fantasy, Losure shows the same sure touch as in her nonfiction book The Fairy Ring (Candlewick, 2012). The enchanted valley in which young witches Nettle and her cousin, Bracken, live is protected from our world by a spell which is beginning to fail, and the valley is in grave danger. The danger, it turns out, is from humans: people and their cars, suburbs, cities, electricity. The elders believe that their only possibility for survival is to find the Door, somewhere on the other side of the human world. Nettle and Bracken's mothers disappeared years ago in the search of this Door. When Nettle is accidentally transported into the human world, Bracken flies out of the Valley on her broomstick to try to find Nettle before she succumbs to the danger of Fading. With a talking raccoon and a human Witchfriend to help her, Bracken finds Nettle and together they find their way to St. Paul, Minnesota and the Door. There are some suspenseful moments (which include a wonderful vignette wherein Nettle meets a human girl, and fulfills that dream of every child who believes or wants to believe that magic is real), and the story's pace is just right for younger readers not ready for long descriptions or explanations. The resolution is satisfying, even though it is tinged with sadness. With interesting characters and a skillful blend of realistic and fantasy elements, this short novel with its breath of childhood innocence ends with just a hint that this may not be the last of Bracken and Nettle's adventures.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.