Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy Series #1)

Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy Series #1)

by Celine Kiernan

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Overview

When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?

On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again. First in a new trilogy by Irish author Celine Kiernan, this tale of family and forbidden magic charts a fresh path through the landscape of beloved fantasy tradition — and promises to bewitch any reader in search of stories to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536204872
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Wild Magic Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 243,890
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Celine Kiernan is the award-winning author of several novels for young people, including Into the Grey, which won the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award, and the Moorehawke trilogy. Celine Kiernan lives in Ireland.

Celine Kiernan is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults. Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian, and philosophical themes. She is best known for the Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative Renaissance Europe. First published in Celine’s native Ireland in 2008, the trilogy has since been published in fifteen different territories and translated into ten languages. In 2009 the first book of the trilogy, The Poison Throne, won the Reading Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award, was included in the White Raven Collection, and was short-listed for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories (Best Newcomer and Best Children’s Book). In 2010 it was long-listed for an Australian Silver Inky Award.

Celine’s fourth novel, Into the Grey (published in Australia under the title Taken Away), a YA ghost story set in 1970s Ireland, won the 2012 Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year and the Children’s Books Ireland Children’s Choice Award. It is the first book to have won both categories. It won the Reading Association of Ireland Chidren’s Book Award in 2013 and was nominated for the Sakura Medal in 2014. In 2013 the Irish Times named it as one of the best children’s books of the past twenty-five years.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1967, Celine has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Her career as a classical feature character animator spanned more than seventeen years before she became a full-time writer.

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Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheNovelEndeavor More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. "Begone the Raggedy Witches" is a jaunting foray into an unknown world of magic - one where a few wield their magical power while most are suppressed. The main character, Mup, is a young girl devoted to her family, protecting the vulnerable, and pursuing justice at all costs. After her beloved Aunty's death, Mup is thrown into a magical battle where her mother is at the center of it all. Unbeknownst to her, Mup's "mam" is a witch, and not just any witch, but the heir to the throne of Witches Borough. Mam returns to her homeland with Mup, Aunty's ghost, Mup's baby brother, Tipper, and the family dog, Badger, to unseat the evil queen, who just happens to be her mother. "Begone the Raggedy Witches" was a wild ride from beginning to end. I loved the constant action and sense of foreboding that lurked throughout the story. Mup's discovery of her magical heritage unfolded beautifully as she learned about her powers along with their inherent advantages and responsibilities. Mup learns that magic has the ability to help people, unite them, and inspire joy and creativity. However, she also sees firsthand the damage and destruction that magic brings when it is used carelessly and for selfish gain. Overall, I loved this first installment in a new magical fantasy series; I can't wait to explore Witches Borough through Mup's eyes in future books!
StephanieTinerWriter More than 1 year ago
On the night Aunty died, Mup caught her first glimpse of the Raggedy Witches. They chased Mup, her mother, and her little brother all the way home, their pale faces flashing overhead through the trees. The Raggedy Witches are relentless in their devotion to the tyrannical queen they serve. The queen has outlawed nearly all magic and runs her lands through fear and oppression. She also just happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When the Raggedy Witches kidnap Mup’s father, it is up to Mup and her mother to enter the witches’ realm and rescue him before it is too late. I loved this novel. I found it to be extremely unique and intriguing, unlike anything I have read in a long while. I am now doubly intrigued by the Irish mythology and folktales. Mup is a very interesting young character, full of spark and a sense of style to match my five-year-old's. Mup believes in magic and bad witches and things that go bump in the night, and unlike any young girl, they do scare her a little bit. At the same time, she knows the power of good is stronger than that of evil. Her mother is an intense character whom I will admit I didn’t care much for. Half of the book I was questioning whether or not she cared about rescuing her husband. Something in the way she acted that made me feel as though she would rather not be a mother, and that upset me. The setting is vague and magical at the same time. The fact that Mup lives in our world but her grandmother lives in an alternative plane is very interesting, especially considering that these planes connect in Mup’s backyard. There isn't too much to their journey, action-wise, but not in a bad way. Mup and her mother meet numerous magical people and go to a number of new places. I highly enjoyed this novel and will be researching Irish lore more. I gave this novel four out of five stars and would recommend it to readers who enjoy unique and magical reads. I received my copy of this novel from librarything.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. The image above is my own. stephanietiner.weebly.com
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Mup’s Dad has been taken to Witches Borough, a place which is ruled by her Grandmother who isn’t very nice. Her Mam, Stella, was raised by her Aunty and kept away from Witches Borough but now that her Aunty has died (though still there in spirit) the Witches want to take Stella back. When she resists her husband is taken and it is up to Stella, Mup, Tipper (Mup’s baby brother that has been turned into a dog), and the family pet dog Badger to cross the border and rescue Mup’s Dad. But danger is lurking around every corner. Begone the Raggedy Witches is the first book in a planned trilogy. The book is filled with mystery and magic. Mup is a very brave little girl who won’t let anyone stand in her way, she is also very caring and gets upset easily when people don’t do the right thing. Mup’s Mam Stella is a very mixed up woman. She wants her husband back, she wants to keep her children safe, but she also feels the pull of being able to use magic and is unsure whether she should find her husband and return home or stay in Witches Borough, a place her Aunty has kept her away from since she was a little girl. This is a book that features magic in its raw form, Earth Magic. There are no wands or broomsticks needed, magic comes from within. The whole book is captivating and every scene is vividly described. Celine Kiernan writing is just beautiful and enchanting and I now look forward to reading the next two books in the series and see what Ms. Kiernan has in store for the family and can Witches Borough be brought back to a place of joy rather than sadness. I would like to make a quick point regarding the line on the back of the book ‘Ireland’s Answer to JK Rowling’ from the Sunday Independent newspaper. I actually think this is very much misleading in terms of the style of writing and the plot, in case people were thinking of picking this book up due to the similarities – There are none. I also think this is a disservice to the author who has her own style of writing and she should be praised for it, not likened to someone else.
NovelKim More than 1 year ago
Mup, Mam, Tipper and Aunty – I followed them on a magical journey filled with witches, lost clans, and the fight to understand the meaning of family and home. Mup is a little girl who has the largest moral compass in the world. She is bright enough to ask all the hard questions; “What if no one loved me? What if I was all alone… Would I still be important enough to keep safe?” She understands “how much it robbed from someone, to make them bury their feelings in the hunt for the best or safest word.” She wonders if it is OK to “have a warm and comfy life when other people didn’t”. She is committed to making sure that “no one ever, ever, ever gets left behind.” She teaches all of us that we can be much better. While this is marked middle grade, I think young children would enjoy having this tale read to them. I loved this book and look forward the next book in the series. Thank you NetGalley and Candlewick Press for a copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be gone the raggedy witches is a middle-grade fantasy novel that is fast-paced and full of whimsy. This book is extremely fast-paced, and you’re thrown right in. There isn’t a ton of world building. The fantastical world is mysterious and has a Wonderland type feel. The main character Mup is a sweet girl who wants her family to be together. She is quite innocent and believes everyone, except the raggedy witches she has been warned about, are good people. I enjoyed the cast of characters in this book. My favorite character was Crow, young boy, who lives in the fantastical world that Mup and her family explore in this book. I recommend this novel to lovers of face paced middle grade, and I do plan on reading the next book. I received an E-ARC copy of this book through NetGalley. This in no way affects my review or rating of this book.
MinMex_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable read for me. Slightly spooky with the description of the witches but not too scary to read out loud to my 6-year-old. There were a few things that were confusing in the description of characters, like Mup being dark like her Nigerian father but Tipper being pale and blond. It made me feel like I may have missed a description somewhere. The action started almost right away which I liked because it grabbed my interest. There were some good twists on magic which I thought were unique such as the "colours" and the running across the treetops. Also, the idea of group magic with singing and dancing. The Clann's were an interesting concept. I liked how Mup expanded on the idea of the rhyming of the men and why it was so difficult. I wanted a little more description at the end. It was a little vague on how the battle was won and what happened to the loser. Unless it was purposefully vague to set up the next one. There wasn't a lot of detail on what evil deeds the queen did but it was enough to remain age appropriate. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The narrator was spunky and the magic was unique. It is a good read aloud book for early elementary with no graphic violence or love and no vivid scary descriptions. Appropriate for ages 6+. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this free digital copy in exchange for my honest review. #NetGalley #RaggedyWitches #MiddleGradeLit
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I read it basically all in one sitting, and it kept me entertained for an entire plane ride, which I greatly appreciated. It’s a quick, entertaining read that is perfect middle grade fantasy. This is a story about the importance of duty, family, and sticking together against all odds. It has a spooky atmosphere–Kiernan’s worldbuilding is incredible; she has created alternate world full of fantastic and amazing things. In some ways, this book actually reminded me a lot of the movie Kubo and the Two Strings in its feel and themes. Mup, the main character, is absolutely wonderful. She’s smart, independent, and just the right amount of cautious and brave. Throughout the book, she has so much heart, and that gives her the bravery to do what she needs to do. What the author does well is have flawed characters that are incredibly relatable and who are just trying their best; I felt such a connection to them because of that, and the story felt much more genuine. I love that the main conflict is a setup for two people who have the same personality characteristics, but use it in different ways. Mup’s grandmother is brazen and wants to have complete control over her domain, even to the point of telling people that it’s against the law to not speak in rhyme; Mup’s great-aunt, on the other hand, also wants complete control, because she wants to keep people safe. This quality of wanting to dictate for others what they need to do is a major problem, even if it’s for good reasons, and I like that this book addresses that the Auntie made mistakes, too. It’s up to Mup and her mother to try to fix them. Overall, this story is heartwarming, funny, and just the right amount of scary. It’s a wonderful middle grade fantasy that introduces an interesting new world full of magic. I’m excited for the next books to come out. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*