Green Witch

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From bestselling author Alice Hoffman, a resonant tale of overcoming grief and tragedy, as only she could tell it.

In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world.

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From bestselling author Alice Hoffman, a resonant tale of overcoming grief and tragedy, as only she could tell it.

In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Green, whose lyrical narration was the hallmark of Hoffman's survival story Green Angel (2003), returns in an equally spellbinding tale that emphasizes themes of rebirth. A year after Green lost her family in the fiery destruction of an unnamed city, those living in a nearby village struggle to reinvent their lives. Some, rumored witches, choose to isolate themselves. Green, now almost 17, feels compelled to record their losses, but is also determined to discover the fates of two friends: Heather, a former schoolmate, and Diamond, the mute boy who stole her heart. Her quest takes her to an island of prisoners, where she discovers old acquaintances and strangers who have suffered as much as she. Banded together, they have the power to change the course of the future. Hoffman's sparse prose encapsulates the pain of grief and the resiliency of the human spirit, and suggests that love is a stronger force than tyranny. Haunting, philosophical, and filled with poetic imagery (“my beloved city is still in pieces, the buildings like silver stars—some fallen, some rising, some constant in the sky”) this book will leave an indelible mark. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
Judith A. Hayn
A horrific explosion has destroyed Green's city, and she is left an orphan, depressed and grieving for what she misses. Her idyllic world is destroyed, but she gradually begins to employ her gardening skills to create lush surroundings for her solitary hut. Green feels the pain of total bereavement; family and friends have disappeared, along with the young man she loved. Her belief in the future is challenged at every turn. Green undertakes a quest to tell the stories of the Enchanted, witches who live outside her village. She seeks those who are imprisoned on a lonely island and finds strength during the journey in magical assistance, charms, and advice from the witches. The power of women who persevere is foremost in this lyrical novel of a brave teen battling evil. This haunting fable will appeal to mature teens with a bent for soul-searching. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Green has the gifts of telling stories and of making things grow. After the Horde destroys the city and her parents and sister, Green at first goes into hiding, tattooing vines on her arms. But soon her neighbors are asking for help from her and soon she is writing their stories. Then she seeks out the women called the Enchanted of whom her neighbors tell mean stories. She wants to see if the mean stories are true but instead finds sorrowing women whose lives were shattered in the Hordes' destruction. Along the way she brings life and hope to those she meets. She looks for the meaning of love and how to get one's heart's desire. She also hunts for her own true love but does not know where to find him. In the end, of course, she does find answers and her love, making her world a better place as she goes. I found this to be an enchanting story, told in a quiet and lyrical voice, with lots of gentle messages. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Green Witch continues the story begun in Green Angel (Scholastic, 2003/VOYA April 2003) of remarkable Green, a teenage girl who, after losing her family in a terrible tragedy, is able to find the inner strength to carry on. Green is alone again because Diamond, the boy she loves, has gone to search for his family. Green's village is reviving—the destroyed city is slowly being rebuilt; hope is struggling to survive, even though the Horde still wants to destroy what they consider a sinful civilization. Although Green is considered a valuable member of the community due to her marvelous gardening skills, she is unhappy and longs for Diamond. Thirteen-year-old Troy wants to find his sister, so he and Green set off to find their missing people. Green Witch is divided into five parts: "Stone Witch," "Sky Witch," "Rose Witch," "River Witch," and "Green Witch." Like Green, these women have walked through pain and anguish and emerged changed, yet strong. In each chapter, Green gains wisdom and strength from these women, enabling her to continue her quest to find her one true love. Hoffman's magical realism shines strongly in this book, which is beautifully written with perfectly chosen words. This small yet strongly affecting volume offers profound thoughts on life, love, and loss. Like Green Angel, Green Witch can be read as a parable for our times; some scenes are evocative of the 9/11 tragedy, and the Horde members are religious zealots. This excellent novel should especially appeal to female readers. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz
School Library Journal
Gr 9–11—Green, 17, who first appeared in Hoffman's Green Angel(Scholastic, 2003), continues in the wake of her family's and town's decimation by a group known as the Horde, who despise modern invention, the future, and any type of growth. Green, called so due to her ability to make things grow, has shown inner growth from the time of being isolated and brutalized, both by the events brought on by the Horde and at her own hand, to the present when she is now reconnecting with other survivors in the town. "Loss does different things to different people…I have planted a garden, reached out to my neighbors, begun to write down my story." And so she does, going on a soul-searching quest for answers about the nature of life, love, and the future. Four of the neighbors she speaks to are said to be witches, but they are the sages of the story who impart wisdom and gifts unto Green that serve her well on her quest. With the help she gains from their counsel, she sets off in an attempt to free prisoners from the Horde's prison, and also to test the waters of her own strength and capacity for love. Hoffman's spare language leads to a story sounding as if it were being told by a sage. It is a language and voice promising more stories from Green, more growth to be seen within herself and within the hearts and spirits of the people. If this makes for a Green Witch, readers will find her a welcome witch indeed.—Tracy Weiskind, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Also trancelike and infused with magical realism, this belated sequel to Green Angel (2003) brings Hoffman's tale of recovery from utter inner and outer devastation to a tidy close. A year after the destruction of her equally adored city and family by the Luddite, book-burning Horde, Green leaves her wildly luxuriant gardens to receive wisdom and talismans from four women rumored to be witches and then to free her beloved Diamond and others being held captive in an island prison. Her present-tense narration and intense inner focus combine with the plot's many folkloric and ritualistic elements to create a tale that is short on action but long on emotional depth and metaphoric resonance. In the end the Horde's armies are conveniently destroyed by a single massive explosion, but it's Green's healing as she celebrates her 18th birthday amid a new, extended family that brings her a truer, deeper peace. Just the thing for readers eager to be captured by a tale of sundered hearts rendered in lyrical prose. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545141956
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 195,517
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice  Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the highly acclaimed author of over twenty novels for readers of all ages, including Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, most recently, The Story Sisters and The Red Garden. Her previous novels for Scholastic Press are Aquamarine, which was made into a major motion picture, Indigo, and Green Angel, which Publishers Weekly, in a boxed, starred review, called "achingly lovely." She lives with her family outside of Boston. Visit her at
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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 16, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
    2. Website:

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Alice Hoffman's "Green Angel" was the beginning, a beautiful post-apocalyptic fairy tale-like young adult novella. The readers demanded it and Hoffman has delivered a short sequel. One can probably digest this book in an hour, but will want to savor the lyrical words, the magical realism and the rebirth of hope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Even though Green is better off than right after the great disaster and destruction of her world, she still has so much to despair about. She is still alone, without her family and the boy she loves.

    In order to find out who she really is, Green heads out to a world she believed she could never before face for the chance to find all the love, answers, freedom, and retribution she has been searching for.

    On her journey, Green learns to fight for love no matter how impossible it may seem - and, of course, conquer the fears that stop her from succeeding.

    Like the plants in her garden, Hoffman's Green has grown and blossomed into a timeless character that rises from the ashes of despair, never to return. Green is no longer held down but, instead, rises to a heart-clenching victory of love and peace of mind after questioning the world's belief in love, loss, and revival.

    In GREEN WITCH, Hoffman once again succeeds in portraying a gravity-defying character who proves she has the strength of millions. I love, love, love this book, which is just as startling as GREEN ANGEL and that surely will bring tears of joy to the eyes for no reason and every reason. The reader learns that love is life; it keeps us alive whether we are aware of it or not. It doesn't stop anything or anyone from reaching aspirations, but brings us toward them faster than light.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Not Hoffmann's Best Work

    The book was very short and the characters were not well developed. The theme was darker than most of Hoffmann's books. Usually, I cannot put down her books but with as short as this books is, it took me a week to finish it. The story is reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451 with the burning of books, etc.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Green Witch: The miracle of healing

    Green Witch is a simple book in format and language; it crosses age boundaries because the message is one of how a person, no matter how damaged, can find redemption in nature and the concept of love.
    The main character, Green, is an adolescent who faces devastating loss; she has turned inward and the family garden has withered. Slowly she re-claims the garden as a metaphor for healing and giving what she can to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    highly recommend!

    Lovely story of Green and her pusruit of Love....

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Green used to think her story was written. The day her beloved city was burned to the ground seemed to be the end of things. Her mother, her father, and her beautiful sister were gone. The boy she loves is far away searching for his own family. The past is filled with dangerous memories and the future seems like a distant hope. So Green tries to focus on the present.

    As her village tries to rebuild, Green tends her garden and collects the stories of the survivors. When Green sets out to find the Enchanted--women the village calls witches--in the hopes of collecting their stories. And maybe something more. One of the witches can grant any person their heart's desire. With their help Green might be able make her heart whole and rescue a friend she thought was lost in Green Witch (2010) by Alice Hoffman.

    Green Witch is the sequel to Green Angel--the story that introduced readers to Green and her world. It is also a story that Hoffman had not planned to write until fans asked to know what happened next to Green and the boy she loved.

    Like its predecessor, this book is very short with sparse writing that hearkens back to traditional fairy tales and prose poetry in its meter and style.

    While Green Angel focused on moving through tragedy for both the town and Green herself, Green Witch is all about rebuilding and transformation. This is a story where women who survived unspeakable loss can become witches imbued with magic, where gardens can grow from ashes, and where a girl who lost everything she loved can rediscover hope and love. As Green gathers stories and tends her gardens, she too begins to grow as she realizes her own power and finds her place in a world forever changed by one tragic day.

    Possible Pairings: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Madapple by Cristina Meldrum, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    The flawless continuation of Green Angel.

    Alice Hoffman has such a way with words and writes stories that are captivating, with vivid memorable characters. I have read Green Angel a few times and enjoy it every time. This story continies the self discovery and healing that Green begins in Green Angel. It continies and finishe Greens story just the wau it should have been. I have read a number of Alice Hoffmans books and have yet to find one I dislike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011


    This story goes in depth to the adaptatoons and searching everyone eventually has to do in order to find themselves.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Cost too much

    But i had to have it. When i was young i read Green Angel every time i wanted to read. It got me thru some tough times and it was all about hurting and healing. This book went a little further, which, i was ok how the first ended with me imagining the town gathering to rebuild. Alice Hoffman weaves a great story. I didnt read it for the romance but for the authors ending. I had to know how it really went and if Diamond was in fact a fire starter. Its a great short story. Thank you alice for explaining and finishing the story... cuz "you never know the end until you see it".

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Love it! ;)

    Very touching book. A great sequel to the book "Green Angel".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2011

    Loved this book!

    I liked her other book better but this one is just as good in its own way. Its sad book that will make you cry with an ending that will make you smile. Its deferentially one of my favorite books!

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Better than the first

    Favorite aspect of this book is hands diwn the paper that Green makes. :)

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    so expensive

    this is so expensive for such a small book

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Magical Renewal

    Green Witch / 978-0-54528-311-3 A direct sequel to "Green Angel", this novel is that most rare and lovely of sequels - one that makes you appreciate the first all the more. Whereas "Green Angel" explored the deep themes of pain, loss, and rebirth in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, "Green Witch" explores the growth and renewal that can take place after that rebirth has occurred. In the same dreamy, magical realism tone employed in the first novel, the titular character Green travels through the world around her, hoping to pick up the pieces. As she learns the stories of the townsfolk, she learns of others like her - strange women who have been burned by the tragedy and who are now whispered to be witches. Green travels to each woman in turn, hoping to learn their stories, and seeking for the people that she lost in the first novel - her friend Heather and her true love Diamond. Along the way, Green meets the animals she healed in "Green Angel", and sees them happy and whole again, thanks to her aid and kindness. Like "Green Angel", this novel will not appeal to everyone. The book is very short - approximately 130 pages - and the brief sentences and repetitive storytelling will allow quick readers to whip through in an hour or two. The sense of magical realism is still present, with Green having her own version of "Fertile Feet" - flowers and vines grow at a tremendous pace in her vicinity, and each of the 'witches' she meets has her own version of magic to show. Fans of the first novel will expect this, of course, but they may not expect the gentle retcons to the previous book: the tragedy that was hinted at having a man-made cause in the first book has now been upgraded to a full-out terrorist attack by religious extremists known as the "Horde", who intend now to complete what they started. Although "Green Witch" still retains a deeply introspective tone, the introspection has now been turned to people other than Green, outside her cottage, in accordance with the new themes of this novel. If you liked "Green Angel", even just a little bit, "Green Witch" deserves your attention - if anything, it made me like the first novel even more, and it provides a richly deserved conclusion to the story. ~ Ana Mardoll

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