The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird

The Witching Hour

Written by Elizabeth Laird

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Shortlisted for the Scottish Book Award 2010.

Vivid and thrilling, The Witching Hour is a finely crafted historical novel, packed full of the important details which bring the past to life. At its heart is the story of strong spirited Maggie whose life is put in danger when her granny is accused of witchcraft. Alone and at risk, Maggie sets out on a journey to the safe haven of her only relatives. With her God-fearing relatives Maggie finds a more comfortable home but the threat from religious zeal is close at hand. Courageous Maggie has to stand up for what matters most to her – despite danger. Elizabeth Laird has a rare ability to make the past come alive.


The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird

Everyone knows the devil is real. Everyone knows that witches exist. Everyone knows that saying the wrong thing can get you hanged. When fourteen-year-old Maggie's grandmother is accused of witchcraft, Maggie has to run for her life. But Scotland is in the grip of terror and Maggie runs straight into danger, falling into the hands of the English. Defying the king can be deadly, but falling in line is unthinkable. Maggie must learn to stand up for herself if she is to survive.

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books, including The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can. Read more about the author here.

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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

2nd April 2010




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