I am trying to clear a backlog of reviews so bear with me 🙂
This was a netgalley book that came out in January of this year.
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen
By J.L. mcCreedy, Penelope Pipp Publishing (Nov 2012)
This is a dark tale along the lines of classic fairy tales, but without the charm and sparkle that I like to see in a middle grade book. It is not poorly written, and the main character Libby is likable but there were too many times when the dialog either vaulted me out of the story “vat is dat?” …. or I just had to sit back and go “wait what just happened?”. The small German town was cute, and the mythology was a neat twist on witches and what gives them power. But Libby spends a lot of time trying to get a word in edgewise and even more time lost and confused.
The thing that I loved most about this story were the friendships, and what the characters are willing to endure to help out eachother. Libby and Ginny are the best examples of doing your best even when you are scared. Sal and Uncle Frank are typical “grumpy old men” but go to extremes to help out when called. Even Buttercup, the faithful goose displays extraordinary loyalty. I think most young kids who love action adventure stories with a hint of magic will enjoy this book.
Parents please note, there are a few grisly scenes, and a fair number of foreign words that are not always translated so expect to be asked “what does that mean?” A lot.