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April Witch

Title

April Witch

Publisher

Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Year

2003

ISBN

9780812966886

Pages

432 pages

Genre

supernatural

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Desirée lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming. Born severely disabled, she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desirée is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her. The woman who gave Desirée up at birth subsequently took in three foster daughters, who know nothing of the existence of their fourth “sister.” Sensing that her own time is short, Desirée has decided that one of the others has lived the life she herself deserved. One day, each of the three women receives a mysterious letter that forces her to examine her past and her present—setting in motion a complex fugue of memory, regret, and confrontation that builds to a shattering climax.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Single parent; Foster care; Physical disability; Developmental disability; Neurological disorder; single mother; foster children; foster mother; paralysis; cerebral palsy; seizure disorder; epilepsy; brain damage

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White (Swedes)

Family Formation

single mother

Keywords

step sisters; fairytale-like; resilience; magic; intelligent; Sweden; hospital

Diversity Impact

direct

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