Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the The Thickety series.
- #2: The Whispering Trees (The Thickety #2) (Paperback): $7.99
- #3: The Thickety #3: Well of Witches (Paperback): $7.99
- #4: The Thickety #4: The Last Spell (Paperback): $7.99
"It all starts when Kara is woken up in the night and taken to the village square where she witnesses her mother being sentenced for the worse crime of all...witchcraft! Seven years later, the villagers are still wary and cruel to Kara and her family. They fear Kara is a witch just like her mother. On the outskirts of the village is The Thickety, a magical forest that is home to strange and ferocious beasts and full of secrets, like the book Kara finds there, which may or may not be her mother's grimoire. This book had me in its grips from the very beginning. I can't wait for the sequel!"— Jen Steele
"In Kara Westfall’s world, magic and witchcraft are the worst possible crimes and, after her mother is convicted and killed, she and her brother are shunned by others in her village. The Thickety refers to the Dark Wood the covers most of their island. It is filled with vile creatures but, seems to be beckoning Kara. There she finds a strange book with magical powers that become obsessive and have a possible connection to her mother. Another character also craves this book to use for dark magic. Characters in this dark and intriguing tale were well rounded and there were interesting twists at the end. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up."— Pam Stilp
The Thickety: A Path Begins is a spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this thrilling new world.
When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.
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About the Author
J. A. White is the author of The Thickety: A Path Begins. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three sons, and a hamster named Ophelia that doesn't like him very much. When he's not making up stories, he teaches a bunch of kids how to make up stories (along with math and science and other important stuff). He wishes dragons were real because it would be a much cooler way to get to work.
“The Thickety is a sinister, magical debut with a marvelous and shocking heroine. J.A. White’s elegant writing and masterful plot kept me turning pages late into the night.”
— Lisa McMann, author of the New York Times bestselling The Unwanteds series
“The Thickety may give you nightmares, but it is a gripping story with a great heroine.”
— Angie Sage, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Nail-biting suspense is the hallmark of this pleasantly accomplished debut. The spellbinding story, lashings of suspense and stalwart heroine will draw in fantasy fans and keep them reading until the bitter ending.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“White’s debut novel is darkly bewitching. The well-crafted characters operate beautifully within the fantastical world he has created. Readers will devour each twist and turn of the plot, right up to the startling conclusion.”
— School Library Journal
“A startling plot twist at the end will have readers urgently waiting for a sequel, and it may even lead them right back into the book to see if they missed earlier clues.”
— The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books