I hadn’t done a tween review in a while and I wanted to read something Halloween-y (because otherwise what’s the point of October?), so I went through my Kindle/Netgalley files and found this gem just sitting there all alone in technology world, waiting for me to remember its existence. I. am. so. glad. it waited.
Because Foundling Witch was fun and spooky and a little hair-raising and cool
–all the things my own 11 year old requires in a book, so I assume yours does, too.
Remember the Slavic folk tale of Baba Yaga? Particularly the picture book Bony-Legs by Joanna Cole? Well, Baba Yaga is the ultimate bad guy to Anna Sophia’s good girl. And I do so love it when authors re-imagine old tales and give them new life.
In this first book in the series we meet Anna, who is an orphan. For 6 years she was raised by a man who found her in a bear den as an infant, but thanks to some forethought on her mother’s part, there’s a trust fund waiting for her in Geneva. But that’s not all that awaits her. On Anna’s 13th birthday, she finds out she’s a witch.
With no one to train her, Anna must learn to use her powers to stop a local couple from kidnapping and selling the girls from the orphanage as slaves. Some pretty sinister characters try to control her and some very good friends stand beside her and offer what help they can.
But what Anna Sophia discovers about her family’s past makes all the rest look like child’s play. How can she stand against the one thing she’s always wanted–to know who she is and where she came from?
I think your littles will truly enjoy this book. It hits the perfect note of mysterious without being too awfully scary. It is high adventure with barely a pause for breath. It has characters that Are Really roughly 13 years old. And the underlying message of staying kind is, of course, my favorite.
If they’re still looking for something to read to put them in the mood for Halloween, Foundling Witch will definitely do it.
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