Greenwitch

Book review by
Tara L. Rivera, Common Sense Media
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An atmospherically mystical tale.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence

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

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
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 h... Continue reading
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 th... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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