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

Posted by on August 1, 2011
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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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  1. 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. :)


  2. *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

  3. 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

  4. *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 ;)

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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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