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Product Description

In Kita’s primitive tribe, where survival is an everyday struggle, strong men are worshipped as elite rulers while women are treated with less value than sheep. The women face a stark choice: to accept brutal forced marriages, or escape to the place that even the strongest men fear with their lives – Witch Crag. But now a common threat is looming over the witches and tribesmen alike. As everything they mutually hold good is threatened, must the ancient enemies overcome their hatred and join together as allies in a terrible war? A brilliantly gripping dystopian novel with shades of the Salem witch trials and The Handmaid’s Tale, told with a fearless and thought-provoking clarity.

Praise for the author:

“A thrilling, all-engrossing read.” Sunday Telegraph

“A good meaty read – an intelligent book with intelligent characters.” The Times

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781407107028

Publisher

Scholastic

Date published

October 4th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Upper years; 12.0 points

Other details
  • 384 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

Author/Illustrator

Kate Cann

When Kate was a child, she wanted to be a witch. Her first foray into writing was a collection of spells full of rats’ tails and bats’ wings. Kate says, “At thirteen, I began keeping a lurid diary, full of adoration or loathing, depending on who I was writing about. I used my later diaries for the DIVING IN trilogy.

I never thought ‘I want to be a writer’, but I loved books and writing. When my two kids came along I set up as a freelance copy-editor and worked from home. By chance I got given some teenage books to edit, and I hated the way they treated sexual relationships: they were either full of gloom and doom, or were gushy, unrealistic candyfloss. So I got bitten by the ‘I can do better than this’ bug, and started writing. About a year after that, DIVING IN was accepted for publication.”

When I ran out of material from my diaries and memories, I realized my daughter and son were teenagers, and started eavesdropping on them. “

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  1. Adam, Book Club Review Team
    on 23 October 2012

    Gripping Read

    This was a gripping read. I thought the exploration of the treatment of women was an important issue and was interesting in the concept of a post-apocalyptic world. Kita is a great character and I enjoyed reading about the different tribes and their prejudices.

    4out of 5
  2. Shakira, Book Club Review Team
    on 23 October 2012

    Drew me straight in

    Cover: I like the cover as it looks very mysterious and that draws you into the book. It’s great how there is a crow as that’s a vital part in the story and symbolises a lot. But I think it would’ve been better if there was more then one crow. I also like the gnarled tree roots and the font of the writing really suits the plot as well.

    About: Kita, is part of a tribe, a tribe in which survival is the only priority. Distraught when her guardian, Nada, passes away, she is astonished when crows and dogs run away from Nada’s dead body. But when her best friend Quainy is set to a life of an arranged marriage, Kita decides she must do something about it. And so she doesn’t end up in the same way, Kita, along with Quainy and Raff sets off to a place no man has survived, Witch Crag…

    What I thought: I thought this book started off brilliantly. It drew me straight in, and already I had so many questions needed answering. But soon after it started to get into to much romance for my liking. It wasn’t very interesting and I got bored. But overall quite a good storyline and the plot seemed well-thought.

    I would recommend this to readers age 13+

    My star rating is 3 out of 5

    3out of 5

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