A Little Wicked by Janet Macreery is a middle grade adventure that is sure to please young ones and adults. I really enjoyed this book especially the last half and think it’s a great book for young teens since it not only treats us to a really good story but a a bit of a history lesson as well.
Twelve year old Dory loves her life with her Scottish clan and as the granddaughter of the chief she is treated quite well. However when her clan is attacked Dory’s life crumbles around her. Soon enough she learns that she must leave her clan as she must be kept safe to travel to the New World (America) where she will meet her aunt and uncle and hopefully be taken in by them. Dory is devastated and frightened. She has already lost so much in this attack on her village and now has to leave the only home she’s ever known and loved.
Dory’s journey to the New World is not an easy one. She has to travel by ship and barely makes it out of the woods alive to get passage on one. She must disguise herself to keep safe on a ship of men and she takes an lot of bullying from fellow mates. Dory just tries to keep her head down and do her chores and hope she can make it to her aunt and uncles.
Finally she arrives in Salem and thankfully her aunt doesn’t turn her away but Dory has arrived at the worst time possible. The frenzy over witches has started and women are being accused and held in jails with horrid conditions. The witch trials have started and so have the hangings. Dory is horrified and even more so when she learns how careful she must be so that she doesn’t end up being one of the accused herself. How long can she keep safe though when she begins getting strange looks and taunts from the group of girls who are accusing people of being witches?
A Little Wicked is a fantastic little book! It’s an interesting story that is quite fast paced which is perfect for the younger crowd. I loved Dory because she was a little spit fire who takes her responsibilities in life very seriously which is another great life lesson for young people. Recommended for those adults who enjoy juvenile historical fiction and an even better choice to share with your kids!
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