The Thickety: A Path Begins
by J.A. White
This is a delightfully creepy tale of magic and greed. I feel some of the concepts in this book are a little dark for younger readers but older tweens, ages 11-12, might be able to handle it. I think adults would really enjoy reading it. It starts out very suspenseful as a girl named Kara’s mother is being hung for witchcraft and she is then accused of being a witch. You get the feel of the book from the very beginning. It’s haunting, suspenseful, and at times down right spooky—a perfect book for Halloween or just to put you in that special mood that comes only on that one night. It leaves off on quite the cliff hanger to make sure you have book two ready to go. Lucky for me, I do!
When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.