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Rollercoasters: The Merrybegot

Rollercoasters - the read of your life

Julie Hearn

Suitable for:  KS3, 11-14, English, Reading

Price:  £10.49

ISBN: 978-0-19-832629-8
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Paperback: 288 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

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Nell lives with her grandmother, the local cunning woman and healer, in a seventeenth century West Country village. When one of the minister's daughter falls pregnant she and her sister attempt to conceal it by accusing Nell of putting a curse on them. Nell is alone, trapped and in mortal danger. Who can she trust? Who will save her?

Themes: Witchcraft, teenage pregnancy, prejudice, health and healing

Teaching Focus:

  • Original dual narrative structure with time shifts between narratives and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end.
  • Strong characterization lends itself well to drama activities.
  • Wide vocabulary used (including archaic words) provides rich sentence level work.
  • Themes link to history and religious studies.
  • Bias and opinion feature in alternating narratives.

    Recommended for students in Years 8 and 9

    This page was last updated on 20 January 2019 at 04:30 GMT
  • Reviews

    • A gripping, atmospheric novel, which demands reading at one sitting. - Books for Keeps
    • The story is intriguing and unusual. Secrets seem to unravel as each little piece of information is assembled with another, making the puzzle whole. This is the perfect book for children as well as adults who love a story full of suspense and excitement, but also one that is based on historic facts. I truly recommend it. - Jessica, pupil
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