The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

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In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 155 x 213 x 36mm | 531g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 0547341261
  • 9780547341262
  • 1,653,113

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"This is a beautifully crafted novel to be savored for its symbolic language, historical atmosphere, and vivid characters." "School Library Journal, starred review" "" "Laird celebrates courage, survival, and the spark of independence that carries Maggie through." "Publishers Weekly" "" "Fine and effortless prose, creating instantly gripping characters and setting ." "Kirkus Reviews""
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869 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 19% (168)
4 31% (270)
3 35% (303)
2 12% (101)
1 3% (27)

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Maggie Blair is sixteen when she is accused of being a witch along with her grandmother. While her grandmother is hanged and burned, Maggie escapes and runs to her uncle's farm. But there is no peace these as her uncle is arrested for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Maggie sets out to find and help him. This was a beautiful flowing story about the hardships Maggie faced. Her life up to this point had been difficult, and during the story it became so much harder. I felt an overwhelming sadness for her that anyone should have to suffer so much for no reason. Maggie is not one for sympathy though. She is a strong person, and survives everything she faces. She only questions why she must suffer a few times. Most of the time she is more concerned with the welfare of others. I was surprised at the actual focus of the book. I thought it would be more concerned with the witch trial and those accusations. It actually focussed more on the religious side: the Catholic persecution of the Protestants. This focus was still interesting, it was just unexpected. There is an afterword where the author reveals she based the book on her ancestors. There was a Hugh Blair in her family who was arrested for religious reasons. There was also a Margaret Laird who was accused of being a witch. These details really bring home the fact while the author wrote a fiction story, the actual events played out for real several times in the more
by Sarah Merchant
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