Tuesday March 23, 2010
by Alice Hoffman
March 1, 2010Scholastic Press
In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world.
I loved Green Angel and I was so happy to see the sequel because Green definitely had more to tell...
In the first book Green loses her family in a horrible disaster that occurs when they visit a local city that is set ablaze by terrorist type people called "The Horde". The Horde despise any type of growth and advancement in civilization. In Green Witch we find out more about them and their mission:
"Repent...Don't even try to fight because heaven is on our side."
A chilling similarity to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that parallels the terrorists opinions that we deserved their hate and wrath.
What I love about these two books is that they are about hope and love and that with the help of those around us we can eventually rise above the despair of losing people we love.
Green mourns the life before the fires and can't see that she will ever get over her loss. She tattoos her body with roses and thorns and closes herself off to the rest of world. It is only when she decides to start helping others in need, animals and people alike, that she truly starts to break through her own grief and regret.
In Green Witch Green sets out to find two people disappear from her life...Heather a school mate whose brother asks for Greens help and Diamond, the boy who brought love back into Green's life. There are secrets in both disappearances and Green knows that in order to complete her journey she must find the truth.
Magical, magical writing that you will find yourself re-reading and perhaps writing down certain meaningful and lovely passages that you want to remember...
"Dreams are like air. They never leave you. It takes less than nothing to begin."
Both books are just barely over a hundred pages...they are more about quality than quantity and Greens story will leave a lasting impression. I have never had a student that I recommended the books to return them unread.
Review copy provided by publisher and donated to school library