A Little Wicked
Janet R. Macreery, author
Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)
In A Little Wicked, after her Scottish village is attacked, 12-year-old Dory must flee her home without her family. Once the granddaughter of the chief, now branded a fugitive, Dory begins a dangerous journey trekking through the Scottish wilderness and crossing the Atlantic in disguise in order to reach the distant and unfamiliar Massachusetts Bay Colony in the New World. There she must survive a crisis that is quite different from the one in Scotland but no less fatal. The year is 1692 and Dory is plunged into mayhem on both sides of the ocean.
“If my heart had not already been broken and scattered in the wind, I would have bawled like a newborn,” laments 12-year-old Dory MacDonald, whose Scottish clan is chased out of their peaceful glen by Redcoats, under orders from the King of England to kill the Highlanders. After Dory’s best friend and his family are murdered, her mother dies, and her father heads north, she is directed by the clan leader to travel to the New World to live with her aunt and uncle. Set in 1692, Macreery’s debut is roughly divided into three parts: Dory’s treacherous journey through Scotland to the ship, her rough ocean voyage to Massachusetts as a member of the ship’s crew (disguised as a boy), and her troubled new life in Salem during the witch trials. Dory’s mother’s cairngorm necklace and a faithful buzzard named Merlin are her only protectors. Macreery details Dory’s daily chores and abuse by many enemies, making for a grim account of historical hardships, but readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity. Ages 8–12. (BookLife)
"...the fast pace and suspense-filled pages will keep younger teens engrossed while providing notable history lessons. A high-stakes historical adventure full of emotional, social and political drama." – Kirkus Reviews
“Macreery's debut novel is addicting, passionate, and fresh.” – Novel Nutritious
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