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The Thickety: A Path Begins
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J. A. White Andrea Offermann
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The Thickety: A Path Begins

J. A. White Andrea Offermann


Harper Collins

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


496 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One night 6 year old Kara is snatched from her home and taken, blindfolded, to a field where the first thing she sees is her mother, bound and waiting execution. They have both been accused of witchcraft, a capital offence, but Kara manages to unconsciously fool the witch-hunter and is allowed to go free. 

Seven years later, she, her sickly brother (who was born on the night of their mother's death) and her grief-maddened father are little short of outcasts. Their isolated island community abhors magic - even wishing is considered reprehensible - and is anticipating the return of a legendary leader who will save the world from its evil.

Surrounding the settlement is a forest, Thickety, which embodies all the darkness it fears, and between the trees and the farmland is Fringe, an area vegetated with treacherous plants. When Kara is lured into Thickety, breaking a promise she made her mother, dreadful things are set in motion, and everything she has struggled for is jeopardised…

This is far and away one of the best novels I've read in a very long time. I read it in one sitting because I was so absorbed in the world that was created and couldn't bear to put it down until I had reached the end - and what a finish: there's a major development I didn't see coming at all! There are many levels to this imaginative novel and its atmosphere of uncertainty and menace is artfully conveyed.

The creatures could come from nightmares, and the repressive nature of the puritan community is well described, but it is Kara who catches your attention from the very first. Intelligent, stoic, quietly defiant, she deals with habitual suspicion and doubt, yet remains faithful to her true self. I reckon Kara will be the next heroine to sweep readers away, and that this is the beginning of a very special series indeed! Lindy

By:   J. A. White
Illustrated by:   Andrea Offermann
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   478g
ISBN:   9780062257246
ISBN 10:   0062257242
Series:   The Thickety
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   April 2014
Recommended Age:   From 10
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

White's debut novel is darkly bewitching. The well-crafted characters operate beautifully within the fantastical world he has created. Readers will devour each twist and turn of the plot, right up to the startling conclusion. --School Library Journal

  • Commended for Texas Lone Star Reading List 2015
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