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In a remote Scottish village, nine-year-old Wise Child is taken in by Juniper, a healer and sorceress. Then Wise Childs mother, Maeve, a black witch, reappears. In choosing between Maeve and Juniper, Wise Child discovers the extent of her supernatural powersand her true loyalties.

About the Author

Known in her homeland of England in many rolesjournalist, biographer, novelist, feminist, and activistMonica Furlong was best known in the United States for her award-winning novels, Juniper and Wise Child. Monica Furlong died of cancer in January 2003 at the age of 72. Colman is her last work.

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Wise Child Learning, November 23, 2012 (view all comments by Wise Child Learning)
There's a reason my moniker is what it is. It contains just about everything I love in the realm of learning and interweaves it with a deep love of our wisdom-filled world, and the magic that results when we know ourselves to be a part of this vibrant and beautiful nature. In this tale, a girl called Wise Child is mentored by the herbalist and wisewoman healer, Juniper, in the arts and studies that lead one to become a “doran” -- one who senses the pattern at the heart of all things, and who is dedicated to loving and protecting it.

“She has taught me Latin and English, and other languages, mathematics and astronomy, poetry and singing, playing the harp and herbal lore … [so that I may become] someone who loves all the creatures of the world and cannot bear to do them any harm …”
~ Wise Child speaking of her learning in the book Wise Child by Monica Furlong

Wise Child is an engaging character, who is clear about what she doesn't like. Juniper is a nourishing, astonishing woman, filled with compassion and quiet strength, offering beautiful inspiration for tending the magic of the home, seeing the beauty in others, and in offering healing ways.

{slight spoiler} The book is presented as being for Ages 12 and up, and that may be because of Wise Child's mother, a dark sorceress and the witch trial near the end, but I have read it (again and again) to my kids starting when they were years younger. My feeling is that Age 9 and Up is more accurate. The 'dark' elements are very quiet in comparison to many works of magical fiction for kids today (probably not even on the same radar screen!), but if you have a child who is sensitive to such things, you might want to browse the story first.
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Amara_starleaf, November 19, 2007 (view all comments by Amara_starleaf)
This enchanting tale by Monica Furlong is sure to keep readers hooked. Told in Wise Child's point of view it is a tale of preserverance, in which a small girl must choose between the likes of good and evil. I am reminded of a quote by Rainer Marra Rilke, "For Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror we can just barely endure, and we admire it so; because is calmly disdains to destroy us."
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crowyhead, October 18, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a vibrant fantasy about a girl who, when her grandmother dies, falls under the tuteledge of Juniper, the village witch/wise woman. At times it is rather slow-moving and dreamlike, but the descriptions of Wise Child and Juniper's everyday life as they gather herbs and care for the animals of their homestead help ground what could otherwise turn into an overly mystical fantasy.
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Product Details

Furlong, Monica
Random House Books for Young Readers
New York, N.Y.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Arthurian
Occult fiction
Witchcraft -- Fiction.
Fantasy & Magic
Edition Number:
1st Laurel-Leaf ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 01-6
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Grade Level:
7.08x4.34x.65 in. .26 lbs.
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