Thursday, May 29, 2014

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen by J.L. McCreedy

Liberty knew she was a bit odd.  The kids at school were quick to point that out.  She also knew there was something her parents weren't telling her...

Penelope Pipp Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book (thank you).  It has been published so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

They should have told Liberty about the kind of family they were before they visited Germany.  They hadn't been back in years, Liberty didn't even know her grandparents were alive, and she didn't understand why it was dangerous.  It certainly was dangerous for her.  She didn't know who she was or how much power she had.

I enjoy this sort of madcap adventure where the rescuers are not "normal".  You don't get the police involved in something that an old inventor and a ten year old girl know.  They'd laugh at them.  But don't underestimate the power of a strong will and the love of friendship.

This is written for middle grade/young adult readers but I really like it.  Liberty's grandmother drugs her parents and tells her they're dead.  Then a mean old woman comes and takes Liberty away.  She doesn't know who she is but she knows she's dangerous.  She eats children to stay young.  Might she do that to her?  Oh no, she has worse plans...

It seems everyone is lying to her.  Everyone except Wolfgang (a friend of her mother's).  Back in the states, Uncle Frank is getting a WWII fighter pilot to come to the rescue.  Ginny, a friend of Liberty's, decides she and Sol will go save Liberty.  If that isn't strange enough, add in a duck, a bat, and some ravens.

This is a battle to the end and while Liberty doesn't know the whole story, she knows she'll lose herself and all she loves if she doesn't win...

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