The Magic Circle

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Baker & Taylor, CATS, Jul 10, 2009 - 118 pages
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A midwife-sorceress, tricked by the devil's minions, loses her gifts, is forced to become a witch, and lives her life alone in the forest, until two children--named Hansel and Gretel--wander by. Reprint.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

OMG. Resembles Grimm's version of the Hansel & Gretel story very little. About 2/3 of the very short novel tells how the witch became a hermit in a cottage made of candy. It's not a story of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lomilia - LibraryThing

This version of the famous story of Hansel and Gretel and their encounter with a candied house and the witch inside is told from the perspective of the witch. The novel begins with The Ugly One as a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College, where she also teaches courses in writing fiction for children. In addition to writing for children, she is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes. Napoli was introduced to Dutton by Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim. In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997. Napoli has also won a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books for her novel Zel. Napoli's Stones in Water won the Golden Kite Award in 1997.

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