Bad Witch Burning

Bad Witch Burning

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For fans of Lovecraft Country and Candyman comes a witchy story full of Black girl magic as one girl's dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future.

Katrell can talk to the dead. And she wishes it made more money. She's been able to support her unemployed mother--and Mom's deadbeat-boyfriend-of-the-week--so far, but it isn't enough. Money's still tight, and to complicate things, Katrell has started to draw attention. Not from this world--from beyond. And it comes with a warning: STOP or there will be consequences.

Katrell is willing to call the ghosts on their bluff; she has no choice. What do ghosts know of having sleep for dinner? But when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.

Only magic isn't free, and dark forces are coming to collect. Now Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it's too late.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 31.24mm | 444.52g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 059317738X
  • 9780593177389
  • 586,672

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A Reese's Book Club Recommended Spooky Read!

Heart-rending and chilling, Bad Witch Burning is a dark and daring portrait of a Black girl taking back her power. Truly, Black Girl Magic at its finest. -J.Elle, NYT bestselling author of Wings Of Ebony

The world is always telling Black girls that if we play with fire, we're bound to get burned. Katrell came out here and said 'We ARE the fire.' --Brittney Morris, bestselling author of Slay and The Cost of Knowing

Practical Magic meets Black Girl Magic in this powerful addition to the YA canon. I couldn't put it down. --#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Schwab

Bad Witch Burning blends the real and the supernatural together in an unflinching exploration of power, pain, and agency. This book is difficult to put down and impossible to forget."--Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray

Bad Witch Burning is a heart-racing, emotional, paranormal thriller that's infused with #BlackGirlMagic. Lewis writes powerfully, and I can't wait to read what she writes next!--Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

"A powerful story about rage, independence, and the dead bodies you probably shouldn't bring back to life."--Rebecca Schaeffer, author of Not Even Bones

Bad Witch Burning is a masterpiece of emotion. Such a beautiful, nuanced and powerful book. --Namina Forna, New York Timesbestselling author of The Gilded Ones

Chillingly supernatural tale, easily breathing life into its world full of ghosts. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Full of wonderful Black girl magic...a necessary read.--Booklist, starred review

[Lewis] deftly layers questions of power, trust, and love in a narrative that is hard to put down.--SLJ
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About Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist. She has a degree in English Literature and Animal Science (obviously, the veterinarian plan did not work out). She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother in. Her debut novel is Bad Witch Burning. To learn more about Lewis and her books follow @JLew100 on Twitter.
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1,015 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 42% (424)
4 35% (358)
3 18% (178)
2 4% (43)
1 1% (12)
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