When her mother disappears without a trace, Anaid is baffled. Taken in by friends, she learns a shocking truth: her mother is a witch, but not just any witch ...She is the chosen one who is prophesied to end a bloody war with the cruel Odish clans who are intent on attaining eternal life, at whatever cost. As Anaid struggles with this discovery, she starts developing powers of her own, and sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her mother and, ultimately, herself. This magical fantasy by internationally acclaimed author Maite Carranza delves deeply into the unspoken ties between mothers and daughters and the mysteries of growing up.
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Maite Carranza studied Anthropology and worked as a teacher. In 1992, she began to write full time. She has received several awards including EDEBE children's literature prize and has written more than 40 books for young readers. Maite lives in Barcelona, Spain. Noel Baca-Castex, the translator, was born in Argentina. After receiving a degree in Spanish-English, she worked in publishing for ten years. Noel is now a full-time translator and lives in New Jersey, America.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7–10—Insecure about her underdeveloped, awkward body, 14-year-old Anaíd Tsinoulis hides her mature, clever mind from cruel, teasing peers. When her beautiful mother, Selene, disappears from their home in the Pyrenees, Anaíd discovers some startling things. She is an Omar witch and Selene is the suspected "Chosen One," prophesied to end the long, nasty war between the Omars (benevolent witches) and the Odish (self-obsessed, human-blood-drinking witches bent on immortality). With her body and powers developing double time, a coven of well-meaning ladies making things claustrophobic, and evil Odish on the loose, Anaíd fights to find her mother, despite the possibility that Selene has turned traitor. She learns to trust in herself, discovering that situations and people aren't always what they seem. Bits of realism lurk beneath this slightly clichéd fantasy, and readers will relate to Anaíd's desire for acceptance and growing independence. The lore is appealing, reminiscent of European old wives' tales with magic steeped in nature and the pitting of faith and selflessness against fear and selfishness. Amid the danger, betrayals, and magic lessons are convenient quick-fix conjurings, some superficial resolutions (Anaíd's sudden beauty sparks instant approval), occasional awkward or unnatural dialogue, and adversaries that seem too easily defeated. Consider only for larger collections with a big fantasy fan base.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
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