Staff Review: The Thickety: A Path Begins
Witchcraft and magic are denounced as evil, feared and banned on this island colony that is surrounded by a strange forbidden forest with feared creatures known as the Dark Wood or Thickety. At only 5 years old Kara along with her newborn brother Taff witness the hanging death of their mother who was proclaimed a witch and their lives radically change. Since her deeply affected father is unable to function, Kara is forced to raise her sickly brother and try to keep her scorned family from harm. When a strange bird leads her into the Thickety and to a buried magical book which she later surmises may have been her mothers, she discovers magical powers that she didn’t know she had that change her life and the lives of those around her. This well-written, compelling tween novel will keep you turning pages well into the night.