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An atmospherically mystical tale.

What parents need to know


A dog is kidnapped, and there is a threat to kill it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the folklore and suspense will hold readers' interest, though the pace sometimes flags. Readers will learn about folklore and witness problem solving in this mystery. The success of the heroes is due to Jane's selflessness.

What's the story?

Agents of the Dark steal the golden grail and are trying to get the manuscript that translates it. It's up to Simon, Jane, Barney, and Will to battle the forces of evil. Jane is drawn into a relationship with the mysterious Greenwitch, guardian of the manuscript. Great-Uncle Merry enlists the sleuthing skills of his niece and nephews, Jane, Barney, Simon, and Will Stanton, the new Old One. With the ancient grail in their possession, the Dark is just one step away of destroying all that is good if they can get their hands on the manuscript.

The document, which will provide the translation of the carvings on the grail, was tossed into the sea and is now protected by the Greenwitch. In the small village of Cornwall, only the women are allowed to attend a ritual to pay homage to the Greenwitch, and Jane is invited. Jane feels sad for the Greenwitch, and when it is her turn to make a customary wish, she wishes the Greenwitch could be happy. Thus, a bond is created between the two.

Is it any good?


The result of uniting the Drew children with the immortal Will isn't always effective: Will comes from a dark world of magical power, while the Drew children are from a mystery/adventure story. Will's maturity and acceptance of his duties as an Old One can be interpreted as cockiness in comparison to the Drew children's lack of supernatural power. However, the kids have grown up since the first tale, especially in the case of Jane. Celtic folklore is woven through the story, and readers learn some Greek mythology in the realm of Tethys.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the children in this tale solve problems. What are some of the challenges they encounter, and how do they overcome them? What are some of the qualities they possess that help them solve problems?

Book details

Author:Susan Cooper
Illustrator:Alan Cober
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 1, 1973
Number of pages:131

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Parent Written byhybridauth_user 371 October 31, 2015

The Greenwitch

Jane, Simon, and Barney go to a museum and find out that the grail is missing. They got to this camp to find the grail with another guy named Will. They go and find it and Jane one day stays up all night and see that the ladies in the camp were building something. Then the men come and help the ladies. The men drop that thing underwater. Barney and Simon go see this old man and they old man had something they needed. Will and another guy call the Greenwich to come out because the Greenwich had something that wasn't her's. Then the Greenwich gives that thing to Jane in her dream. Then everyone goes to find the grail.They got to find it and they went back home.One of the big central conflicts is that they couldn't find the grail. Jane, Simon, Barney, and Will went to that camp to try to find the grail. The Greenwich had something that can help find the grail and complete the grail together. The theme of this story is that if something is yours and you don't want to give that thing to no one and the end that thing can work for good. The Greenwich didn't want to give nobody her precious object and even though the dark side or the light side could get it. The Greenwich gave the thing to Jane because she made a wish of the Greenwich. Jane said,"I wish you were happy." The Greenwich gave that thing to Jane and she didn't want to use that thing for bad nor for good. I thought the book was good because in the book it show how mean people can become into another different person. Also, it is good because in the story the people there don't think about themselves and they think about the our people that can get hurt with that thing of the Greenwich. The book is good because the book also show how to work together and come out with something good and win at the end. I will recommend this book to other people because if someone finds something that you need they keep that thing for themselves and don't give it to you. I will recommend it to other people also because some of your friends have something that is yours and don't give it back and say that it is theirs and the book is about that. I also recommend the book because it talks about how you can break your friendship with that person if you don't give that thing to them. I chose the educational box because the book helps you understand that you don't have to do everything the hard way you can just do things right and good things will happen to you. I chose the great messages box because it tells messages of what to do if someone doesn't want to give you back that thing or If you don't have no friends and you want to be friends with that person you have a chances if you do things right. I chose the box of great role models because Jane wasn't mean to the Greenwich and the Greenwich gave that thing to her and they all work together to find the grail. I didn't chose too much violence, too much sex, too much swearing, to much consumerism, or too much drinking/drugs/smoking because the book didn't talk about any of that only about how people can became good friends even if their mean or evil and doesn't tell anything about that. I think it is for kids 12 and up because there are hard words in the book and tells mean people can became good and some smaller kids won't get that. That is what I think the age level should be. I chose 4 stars because the book shows a lot how people can do right things and not the opposite and I wanted it to be more about how the kids got to find the grail. I like this book and give it 4 stars.
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Adult Written byhybridauth_user390 October 4, 2015

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper

The book was just fine for me because I like scary books and a little bit of action stories. This book wasn't scary but it was alright to read because it had a little action to the story. I would rather recommend this book to the people that like action books. I gave it a great role model because this book had these people play their characters so good that it let you understand what you were reading about instead of making it all confusing and getting lost without understanding what the book was really about. I also gave it a great message because it made it clearly to understand the meaning of the book without getting lost.
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Kid, 12 years old May 28, 2016

Deep and immersive book

Greenwitch is a great book, with wonderful descriptions and a fantastical, mysterious feel. Keep in mind, however that this is not a stand-alone book but the third in a series. Jane is a strong female lead but other then her there are not many female characters.
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