Friday, December 9, 2011

Review of the Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird

Houghton Mifflin
Books for Children
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
by Elizabeth Laird
4 Scribbles
What would you be willing to die for? Would you die to protect someone you love? Would you be willing to die for your country? Would you be willing to die for what you believe in? Maggie must decide what she is willing to die for when she is first falsely accused of being a witch, and then through a strange, ironic twist, she is accused of being a zealous Presbyterian "Covenanter" who directly opposes King Charles of Scotland. Wherever Maggie turns, deception and evil-hearted people bent on destruction follow her; none are worse than the evil servant girl, Annie, who uses her feminine wiles to charm and manipulate everyone she meets against sweet, naïve, Maggie. Will Maggie‘s heart remain pure, or will she become jaded like her grandmother and curse her countrymen for their selfishness? With the help of Tam, her mother’s faithful trickster friend, Maggie navigates the pitfalls of tumultuous seventeenth-century Scotland, and in the tradition of a true heroine’s journey—manages to find herself—and what she is willing to die for. Readers will love this story filled with trial after trail and test after test that Maggie must face, and they will grow with her in resolve as she learns to find her heart and her voice. Laird manages to breathe life into an era that many know little of, and to create a character that if not to die for, readers will certainly adore.

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