The Brixen Witch

The Brixen Witch

Book - 2012
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Twelve-year-old Rudi stumbles upon a witch's lair while out hunting, takes a gold coin he finds there but loses it again, then must deal with the witch's servant who promises to end the town's rat infestation only if he receives that gold coin, in a story reminiscent of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442433281
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 22 cm


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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A nice little book that combines the story of the Pied Piper with a much larger, character-driven narrative. I particularly like the way it works in the character of the witch as village wise-woman and caretaker from afar. I think this one would work particularly well as a family read-aloud.

Rudi is out hunting high up on the Berg that looms over his village one day when he stumbles upon a valuable golden coin. A freezing storm chases him back home, and he's sure it's the wrath of the witch. His parents tell him he's full of nonsense, but his grandma hints he might be right. When a quiet, maddening song coming from the coin keeps him awake that night, she advises he return the witch's coin. He sets out, but loses it on the mountainside before completing his journey. Nightmares hound him every night for months, so when they stop he assumes she found the coin herself. But then the village is infested with rats, rats that magically return after being drowned by a professional rat catcher. Whether the witch or some other magical force, something is still disturbed and determined to take vengeance on Rudi's village. Can he figure out how to take responsibility for his theft and return things to normal?

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