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 healingTeaching 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
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
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