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by Franny Billingsley

Published by Dial, 2011
361 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠪037-35521

Age 13 and older

Seventeen-year-old Briony believes she is a witch who has the power to hurt those she loves. She is certain she caused her stepmother抯 death as well as her twin sister Rose抯 difficulties桼ose has the mind of a child and is prone to fierce outbursts. But Briony knows she will probably be killed if it抯 discovered she抯 a witch, and for all her self-loathing her desire to live is fierce. Briony抯 passion for life is further fueled by her blossoming romance with Eldric, a young man staying with her family, but she often feels on uncertain ground with him. There is an uneasy balance between the world of witches and magic and the human world in Briony抯 English village of Swampsea. Briony抯 stepmother knew about this balance and for years helped Briony curb her true nature梠r did she? As Franny Billingsley抯 psychologically complex tale unfolds, everything Briony believes梐bout herself, her damaged sister, her beloved stepmother, and her distant father梪nravels as years of manipulation by Briony抯 stepmother gradually come to light. Briony抯 memorable voice offers up fresh, astonishing, clever descriptions in a story that works as both fantasy and satisfying romance but also speaks powerfully as a portrait of a teen overcoming self-hatred and learning she is worthy of love.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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