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VOYAMeant to be both a meditation on witchcraft and a guide for teens starting on the Wiccan path, Rain's overview of Wiccan practices, rituals, and beliefs offers comments from online contributors and excerpts from her Book of Shadows. Starting with a "Quick Wicca Q & A," which briefs readers on the history of Wicca, the Goddess and God, and how to become initiated as a witch, Rain covers the essentials for beginners. These include instructions on creating and blessing an altar, a guide to the eight Wiccan holidays, and details on circle casting. In addition to these practical matters, Rain examines important aspects of Wiccan life such as the ethical use of magick, the implications of "coming out of the broom closet" to family and friends, and the image of Wicca in our culture. This thoughtful primer on Wicca also would be a useful guide for curious family or friends. The author uses her experiences as a teenaged Wiccan and her contributors' comments for different perspectives on each topic, although their uniform earnestness can feel a bit sanitized. In the discussion of rituals and spells, Rain is careful to include ways to personalize or adapt each one based on preference and circumstance, making this guide particularly useful for beginners. Teens interested in Wicca will find this title appealing and helpful. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Perigree/Penguin Putnam, 206p.; Photos. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.