IceyPick (5.1) — Answer it! — The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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This month’s IceyPick is…
The Near Witch
The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab
288 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

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Would you be able to live in a town where everyone knows everyone? Why or why not?

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

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    Lauren M

    August 1, 2011

    Yeah, I'd probably be able to live in a close-knit town. The one Lexi lives in is a little scary, but I generally think small towns are nice. :)


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    ashelynn hetland

    August 1, 2011

    *whispers* I already do. No, I'm serious, too. I live in Northern Wyoming, where most of the towns barely have 2000 people. Mine has 2500. The four towns next to mine have 500 or so, sometimes less. They're so small, there's one school for all towns, plus a few Montana people go to that school. (I'm that close to the border.) Not only does everybody know everybody in my town, everybody in other towns know me and I know them.

    ashelynnhetland at gmail dot com

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    YA Reader

    August 1, 2011

    Yes, I already do. There's ups and downs to it. Everyone knows everyone elses business, but sometimes, that can be a good thing.


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    August 1, 2011

    No, I definitely would not be able to do that! I am not the biggest people person (strange considering I have a blog, I know). If there is someone I don't like, I choose not to associate with them… That would be hard when that person is so close to me and can easily hear all the gossip about me. And usually when everyone knows everyone, I would have to be living in a small town… that only would not fly with me. I don't live in a city, but I do not live in a small town.

    ilikethesebooksblog @ gmail .com

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    August 1, 2011

    I live in a small town where EVERYONE knows EVERYONE. I'm from a big city and grew up in one. When I married, I moved to the small town of New Roads, LA. Everyone knows eachother and eachother's busiess. I choose to stay out of it :)
    email: kcallegan(at)wilcoindustrial(dot)com

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    August 1, 2011

    *business*- and to answer the question, Would you be able to live in a town where everyone knows everyone? Why or why not?
    It's okay, so yes I would… however, I prefer a big city ;)

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    August 1, 2011

    I already live in a very small town, I am not sure if everybody knows everybody, but it's pretty darn close. So, I would have no issue with it, because it's all I have ever know. It's home.!/TinaLynn510
    I tweeted.

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    Sarah wedgbrow

    August 1, 2011

    I think I could handle a small town as long as there was a city not too far away. Actually, it's the suburbs that give me the creeps. Thanks for the giveaway, I can't wait to get a copy of this book.

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    Laura Kay

    August 1, 2011

    I'm not sure i could. I mean it seems nice in theory, but I'm a very private person.

    Laura Kay

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    Bookshelf Reviewer

    August 1, 2011

    I think it would be fun to live in a small town where everyone knows who you are. That way you don't really have to explain yourself to people. But I am sure there are some down sides to people knowing who you are. lol


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    August 1, 2011

    Although I think the idea of living in a small town seems nice, It also seems like there would be no privacy and more judgment than living in a more popular place. I think I would appreciate having my privacy more than knowing each person that lives around me. I think I could do it, but I would always feel like I have to keep things from my neighbors, my life is not an open book.
    cubicleblindness at

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    August 1, 2011

    I grew up in a town where everyone knew everyone. And I left as soon as possible. It's hard when you have no where to retreat and you have no chance to reinvent who you are. However, there are perks – like you have a lot of people watching out for you and caring about you.

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    Megan @ Book Brats

    August 1, 2011

    Sadly enough, I already do live in a town like that. When I was born there were less than 1,000 people here (there are 2,000 now since my town is going from farming community to suburb of a city 40 miles away). When my grandmother died, half the town showed up, and at the grocery store people always stop me and want to chat. I just moved back here due to lack of funds from NYC and it's been a reverse culture shock all over again. It wasn't even this bad when I lived in Japan and was suddenly the foreigner in my neighborhood, LOL.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    bookbrats at gmail dot com

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    August 1, 2011

    I would probably not be able to live in a town where everyone knew my business. It just seems to smothering and I like the feel of meeting someone new. tweeted!/Icecream1891/status/98094818881830912 edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

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    Zareen aka Taco

    August 1, 2011

    I don't think I could live in a town where everyone knows everyone. I prefer to live a quiet, private life and don't really like it when everyone knows what's going on with my family/in my household.


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    August 1, 2011

    I would be able to live in a small town like that easily. Not only does my family make up most of where I currently live now but we all go to the same church so as soon as something happens everyone knows. I love it some days and others i can strangle the old gossips hahaha

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    August 1, 2011

    whoops forgot the email!
    wolfluvr420 at yahoo dot com

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    Chen Yan Chang

    August 1, 2011

    I don't know if I can live in a town where everybody knows everybody. To me, I feel like there wouldn't be any privacy or secrets to keep.!/nodizzies/status/98144416480505856

    jadedlittlegirlx [at] gmail [dot] com

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    August 1, 2011

    I used to live in a small country town and it was a pain in the butt having everybody know everybody else's business! I much prefer the city:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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    Harpreet Singh

    August 1, 2011

    Yes, I would for sure! I live in a regualar sized town, and I wish it was smaller, so that we all knew each other! As soon as I'm old enough, I'm moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere! Hahahaa! Thanks for this giveaway! (:

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    Sandra Cormier

    August 2, 2011

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    Sandra Cormier

    August 2, 2011

    Having settled as an adult in the same neighbourhood where I grew up, I find it comforting to know that my neighbours know my children and that the local grocery store manager went to my high school.

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    August 2, 2011

    I HAVE grown up in a town where everyone knew each other. I was the youngest of 6 when a new school year would start I'd hear…”oh no another one hahaha” < --yeah it gets old.
    & I tweeted

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    August 2, 2011

    Yes. I wouldn't like it because I like to meet new people every day, but I don't think I would hate it.

    magabygc at

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    ★Leila @ Within Pages

    August 2, 2011

    I lived in a place that was ALMOST that bad. In a small hillbilly town where it seems everyone is connected and my grandmother might ACTUALLY know everyone.

    I hated it.

    Really. Hated it.

    Withinpages @ hotmail dot com

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    August 2, 2011

    I would love to live in a place where no one knows me. Actually I kind of have already done that in the past, and it was great. It gave me a chance to create the “me” I always wanted to be.

    gwenythlove (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Brenna Braaten

    August 2, 2011

    I have lived in a small town for the last year. Not as small as Ashelynn, but in the same area of Northern Wyoming. It was actually quite hard for me to live there after living in bigger cities. It probably helps to grow up there first, although I could see that being hard to.

    My answer is no. I like the idea of a small town where everyone knows everyone, but I probably couldn't stand it.

    brenna dot braaten at gmail dot com

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    August 2, 2011

    Yes & No. Yes because I like the idea of community. People looking out for each other & no one feeling un-cared for or lost. No because usually all this leads to too much gossip & closed mindedness.
    bookgoonie at yahoo

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    August 2, 2011

    No, I'd rather be a bit anonymous. I don't like everyone to know everything about me.

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    August 2, 2011

    As for me, i cant stand small towns. I grew up as city girl and i enjoy everything about it. I did had to live in a small town for a year in highschool and although it wasnt that bad it just felt….suffocating. Small town 'mean girls' aint got nothing on the city ones. Actually, at times i had found the whole contrast quite hialirous. Overall, such towns are nice and cozy but their just not me. I dont understand how people do that thier whole lives. I'd die of boredom. Anyway, thats my 2 cents of it :)
    – Jay

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    August 2, 2011

    ^ apologies for the bad grammer :P
    just woke up >.<

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    August 3, 2011

    I think it would be interesting to live in a small town where everyone knew everyone else. That is, for a short period of time. I'm a city girl at heart, and I'm also pretty personal, so I don't want everyone knowing my business. Plus, I thrive on spontineity, which I don't think you find much of in really small towns.


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    August 3, 2011

    I lived my first 21 yrs in a town like that. It's great when you feel like people care about you. Not good when people know your private business.
    Thanks for the giveaway!